JD Middle School has just turned fifty. On Friday, September 22, current and former teachers and administrators gathered to mark this milestone in the school’s history. The celebration began with an open house at the Middle School. Dr. Kendrick accepted a plaque from former administrators commemorating the opening of the school fifty years ago, and reminiscences abounded. Dr. Lance Baker, the school’s first principal, recounted the extensive research involved in planning the school’s structure and program and the innovative school design that emerged from that research: three multi-grade houses; interdisciplinary grade-level teams; flexible scheduling; and the absence of bells. Guests pored over old yearbooks and scrapbooks, and many toured the building, visiting their former classrooms and admiring changes made over the years such as the addition of a fourth house and the new technology lab. The afternoon’s events continued into the evening with a reception at Drumlin’s. Throughout all of day’s festivities, a clear message emerged: A strong foundation was laid for the Middle School fifty years ago. The soundness of that foundation has allowed the school to grow and change as times have demanded while still maintaining its sense of community and its commitment to individual student success. Happy Birthday, JDMS!