MS students to visit SpaceX

The STEM committee at the middle school will host a field trip April 22 to SpaceX open to all middle school students. SpaceX is a space exploration company that develops and launches rockets and spacecraft. Students will tour the facilities while learning about how the company functions. “The purpose is to expose students to real […]

Middle School will hold first science fair May 13

Students will display their science projects in the Middle School’s first science fair on Tuesday, May 13. During activities period, students participating in the fair can share projects in the Bing Lobby and answer questions. Science and math clubs will also display posters at the event. Co-organizers and science teachers Alex Ras and Sandra Wolchok […]

Design firm consults on Reynolds renovation

Representatives of a design firm which specializes in creating optimal spaces for learning visited the Middle School Feb. 4 to discuss renovations to Reynolds Hall. Designers for  Fielding Nair International talked to faculty and administrators about how they plan to build productive and flexible classrooms at the Middle School to allow for a variety of […]

Middle School requires seventh graders to sign Anti-Bullying Pledge

As a result of an internal audit focusing on bullying last year, middle school students were introduced to an anti-bullying pledge, and deans attended a meeting on “Myth-Busting Research on Adolescent Bullying.” Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts said these initiatives came in response to growing public attention to cyber-bullying in the media, but she does […]

School displays photos in honor of veterans

Photos that students submitted of their relatives who are veterans of the Armed Services were displayed on Veterans Day Nov. 11 on the bulletin board inside Chalmers and in the glass cabinets outside Chalmers. “[These photos] are a reminder that there are many who have gone before us,” Assistant to the Head of Upper School […]

Middle School hosts Rest and Recharge day

The second annual middle school Rest and Recharge Day was Oct. 4. No homework was assigned for the weekend. R&R Day will happen once each quarter and is run by the Middle School Student Council. After each R&R Day, there will be no homework, This first R&R Day coincided with Homecoming, Oct. 5. “I think […]

Middle school bus schedule to change

All Middle School late bus departure times will be changed to 5:45 p.m. Monday to Friday, effective Oct. 21. Along with the late bus time change, the late shuttle bus from the Upper to the Middle School will depart at 5:10 p.m. Early buses and shuttle times will not change. Departure times are permanently pushed […]

Middle School relocates retreat sites due to federal government shutdown

Due to the federal government shutdown, there is only one retreat option for the eighth and ninth grade classes, rather than each grade dividing into two groups. This is the first time in 22 years that each class has attended retreat as one group. Ninth grade retreat is usually split between wthe Upper River and […]

Middle schoolers to perform fall play

The Middle School will perform “Midsummer/Jersey,” a modern version of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” as the fall theatrical production Nov. 15, 16 and 17. “It’s basically a mashup of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Jersey Shore,’” director Jim Doughan said. “It shows that nothing has changed in 450 years.” Written by playwright Ken Ludwig, […]

Chen departs to pursue insurance career

Middle school physical education teacher Steve Chen is leaving next year to “give the insurance business [his] full attention,” Chen said. He has worked at Farmers Insurance for the past five months as a producer agent. “Basically, I am able to sell insurance, [whether] home, auto, or commercial, and basically I am the one that […]