With the new quarter came new units of study across the Middle School. Students in Science 6 have been studying the physics and engineering of bridges. In Grade 7 Visual Art, students are beginning a project in tandem with their current science unit on Biomimicry Design.
Our students have begun to settle into the new year. They are making new friends, getting to know their teachers, and launching into their studies. Our trip to Camp Northwoods was a success as students built relationships through community building activities and got to know each other across grade levels.
Before the pandemic, Marie Kando’s KonMari method went viral. The KonMari Method is a simple method of decluttering both literally and metaphorically. It uses a unique selection criterion that enables one to choose to hold onto only what sparks joy.
It has been almost two years since a Middle School production has been performed live on the stage at Brimmer. I’ve had the opportunity to watch some of the rehearsals for the fall play, The Witches, and I can’t wait to see the full production in December.
Resilience is the ability to withstand adversity and bounce back from difficult life events. Being resilient does not mean that people don't experience stress or emotional reactions. Resilience is important because it gives people the strength needed to process and overcome hardship.
It is so easy to focus on the darkness of these last 16 months, but as we head into summer, I hope you too will be able to take some time to reflect on the light you experienced during this challenging year.
In the 6th grade at Brimmer, core research skills are taught and reviewed across disciplines to prepare students to take on more in-depth research projects in the later Middle School and Upper School years.
Despite the horrors seen in our nation’s capital yesterday, I am confident that we will walk through this moment together, that our democracy will endure, and that we will emerge from this moment. However, we must also recognize and call out the evils that led to the attack and continue to grapple with how we got to this point.
I reflected on our core value of kindness and the notion of tuning out unkindness. In fact, I thought about it even one step further, about taking unkind words or actions, and doing what one can do to turn them into something positive.
We must continue to do our partbreak down these systems of oppressionso that we cancreatea more just and equitable world. In order to do so, we must listen to, look at, and learn from the injustices that have happened in our country, not just in the last week, the last month, or the last year, but for generations.
Over the past few months, Middle School Dean of Students Dr. Gallon and I created a series of short, fun videos to share more about the tenets of Brimmer’s Middle School program. These #MondayMiddleSchoolMoments showcase the ways that our Middle School program furthers Brimmer’s Lower School educational philosophy that focuses on the whole child and builds academic and social skills for success as students take on greater independence and responsibility.
Communityservice is a key part of the Middle School experience at Brimmer, and I want to highlight three initiatives that work towards fulfilling our mission to develop ethical citizens who contribute to the greater good in our diverse world.
Reading is the foundation of all learning. School administrators set the tone in a school in so many ways, and authentically promoting reading is one of the priorities of the educational leaders of the school.
Over the summer, three Brimmer faculty members traveled to Greece to forge a partnership with Anatolia College for curriculum building and collaboration. This is part one of a three-part blog post about their trip.
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