Here's a look at what's happening in the Middle School.
Click here to see the slides from today's Middle School Meeting, and watch the video recap—today was Pajama Day! We enjoyed seeing so many awesome sleeping outfits.
8th graders Emma Thiebault and Sasha Lee ran today’s meeting!
Ms. Smith spoke about the BVR MS feedback system, using the metaphor of a race track. Families will be receiving feedback from each of their child’s teachers on content skills, the first “pit stop” on the Beaver Speedway.
Rylee Barnwell ‘26 thanked the Middle School students who attended last week’s Hiatt Center Institute (58 students attended!) Rylee highlighted the main points of discussion around implicit bias, "We ALL have implicit bias, aim to recognize and interrupt our biases, work overtime to “unlearn” our biases in order to prevent unintentional harm to others."
Nora McBride ‘26, talked about the next Community Action Leader (CALs) event. CALs will be making Birthday Wishes packages for children who for a variety of reasons may not be able to afford to have a party. They have chosen themes—disco and polka dots—and plan to assemble the boxes at the event when we return from winter break.
Wesley Todd ‘26 announced BVR's Social Justice Retreat happening on Friday, January 29, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This retreat will be a virtual opportunity for Middle School students to engage in conversations about identity and privilege in relation to social justice topics in a safe and welcoming space. This year's theme will focus on wellness and self-care practices and their relationship to identity work and social justice. During the workshops, our hope is that facilitators will support students to work together to share stories, acknowledge differences, and find commonalities—with the aim to build a deeper, more inclusive, and committed community.
Students who applied and were accepted to SBAC, the Student Body Advisory Council, were announced today (they will meet in 2021!):
6th grade: Charli Scott
7th grade: Maddy Bell, Jasmine Idehen & Nora McBride
8th grade: Sam Fishman & Zack Gross
Bailey Litchman ‘25 reminded teachers that most of them have yet to turn in their hand-drawn self-portrait for the yearbook. She did a lovely job appropriately shaming teachers who have yet to do their homework. :)
Emma and Sasha wished everyone a happy break and look forward to seeing everyone on Monday, January 4. 6th and 8th graders will be on campus that day.
Today's Student Meetings
Gabe Cohen ‘25, Student Council President, announced the Student Council is meeting today during lunch.
CREATE: Coding, Robotics, Engineering, Art, Technology, Everything in between, a student group led by Mr. Guevin from the Research + Design team, met today.
The Students of Color Community Meeting was today during lunch.