Read about what's happening in the Middle School this week.
Middle School Meeting
Dear Middle School Families,
Here's a look at what is happening in the Middle School!
Click here to see the the slides from today's meeting!
Nick Reisner '21, President of Upper School Student Council, encouraged all MS students to consider running for Student Council. He described Student Council as a place where students can take on a leadership role, suggest changes to the administration based on student feedback, and make the school a better place by organizing fun activities. 8th grade president applications are due Monday. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders can run for grade representatives; their applications will be shared next week.
The BVR Student
At Middle School meetings throughout the year, students present elements of The BVR Student. Dante Hector '25 and Xavier Sanchez '26 presented Demonstrates Kindness to Others. They said it is important to demonstrate kindness to others because other people might be feeling sad or depressed, and if you show kindness to them they will feel included and feel like they belong. “You can accomplish this by including other people when they feel left out or even just by having a conversation with them” “You don't know how other people feel when you're not kind towards them even if they express it or not”. “I can accomplish this every day by trying to compliment people or just being nice to others”.
Advisory Content: Topic of Kindness
To introduce our advisory content today (the topic of kindness), Alice Molinsky '23, Chawanzi Muwina '23, and Rachel Altman '23, three sophomores who are active leaders at Beaver around issues of social justice, spoke to the MS about the importance of honest and thoughtful conversations and how setting ground rules can help.
Music Section Leader
Bailey Litchman '25 is a Music Section Leader for the strings ensemble; she is a cellist. She explained that section leaders are student leaders within music classes. “We can help you if you are having trouble learning your music or help you to learn a new note or rhythm. We’re also there to set a good example for what it means to be a musician at Beaver. We might not always be in the same class because of our schedule, but we’re still here for you. If you have ideas for class or have suggestions for songs we should play, the Section Leaders can take that information to our teachers. So please come to us with ideas for the music program or if you need help”. We then showed a virtual music ensemble from last spring.
Ms. Wildes, Associate Director of the Hiatt Center made a few announcements today.
She presented the BVR Leadership Institutes for the 20-21 school year. These virtual workshops will take place about once a month on Thursday mornings right after MS Meeting. Students can sign up to attend. Students who participate in six or more workshops receive a special certificate and coveted beaver stuffed animal.
She also reminded students who are interested in being a Community Action Leader (CALs) to fill out an application by Thursday, October 8.
Be FIT Kits
Be Fit kits are being sent home! Many students got theirs at dismissal yesterday. Students will use the kits as tools for their BVRFit classes and sports activities when they are online.
Ms. Graham announced that Graham Dam is starting next week! At Graham Dam, students meet in small groups to have lunch with Ms. Graham, Middle School Counselor. Students get to connect with other classmates and get to know Ms. Graham. These lunches will take place on campus; she will also meet with remote students online. They will receive a Google calendar invite on their day to have lunch.
Our school nurse, Ms. Ossowski, and our Athletic Trainer, Ms. Hart, reminded students about using the nurses office this year. They described the two separate rooms for treatment (one for Covid symptoms, one for non-Covid symptoms). They also showed the PPE gear that they will wear if a student comes to the nurse’s office with Covid symptoms.
Middle School Snacks & Lunch
So far we’ve been able to eat outside for all snacks and lunch, but we’re anticipating the time when we will need to eat inside. We explained to students that when they have their masks off inside, they are not allowed to speak. We hope to eat outside as much as possible!
We talked about the fire alarm—how to exit the building quickly and safely, and lining up in alphabetical order once outside. We emphasized students listening to their teachers and following their instructions.
This week's student meetings and reminders
SAGA, the Middle School Sexuality and Gender Alliance had their first meeting at lunch today.
The Students of Community Color meeting is tomorrow during lunch.
Admissions Ambassador applications are due tomorrow by noon.