From the Head of School

As we return from our end-of-the-year expeditions and prepare our ninth graders for their Rites of Passage, I would like to thank our students, faculty, parents, trustees and friends for a deeply rewarding and memorable year. Your support, participation, and care have strengthened our community and have made a tremendous difference in the lives of our students.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our incoming families. Starting with our “deal meetings” in the Kiva, we have begun this journey together with the mutual promise to give our best effort, to take care of each other, and to make a difference during our time at SBMS. I look forward to getting to know each family, and I invite you to participate early and often in the Middle School community.

To all families, please take time to review the contents of this packet which will provide some insights and information about the upcoming year and the SBMS program. Enclosed you will find an initial calendar, Community Handbook, Orientation Ride and Overnight equipment list, and forms which need to be completed and returned by July 1. Also included in this packet are student summer reading and math assignments and other light summer work to help students prepare for the coming school year.

I hope you have a restful and rewarding summer, and I look forward to our journey ahead.

With love and gratitude,

Brian McWilliams
Head of School
Santa Barbara Middle School