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Among a record number of submissions for this year's New Year's card design contest, the artwork of Sheryl Chen '26 took the prize, reminding Pingrians of the importance of unity and community.

Dear Middle School Students,

I hope everyone is doing well as we prepare to embark on this new experience of remote learning. I've been in touch with lots of faculty members and administrators lately, and we've all missed you! We're excited to see you this week, even if it's in a different format.

It's been a long time since I've reached out, so I wanted to send a quick video that, in addition to letting me say "hey" on behalf of your teachers, also gives you some important pieces of information to think about (where to go, how to be, what to wear, etcetera) over these next few unusual weeks.

Here's the video: "A Greeting from Middle School Dean of Students Mike Coakley."

On top of that, some of your teachers and administrators wanted to say hello, too. Check out this slideshow full of greetings!

Those videos are meant to be quick check-ins with a few overarching messages. For the detailed stuff, your advisors will be reaching out to you and your parents tomorrow morning with A) much more information, B) a personalized remote learning schedule, and C) the reinforced message that your advisory will meet via Google Meet at 9:20am on Thursday. Remember: We're taking this step by step!

Finally, your parents can find this message, and the above video links, later today at

In the meantime, don't hesitate to reach out via email if you're unable to access the video, have any questions, or just want to say hi.

Be well, and see you soon,

Mr. Coakley

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