On Monday afternoons from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. in the fall and spring, students have an opportunity to participate in activities such as the After School Creative Arts Program (see below), Creative Technology, Stagecraft, Math and Science Clubs, Photography, Knitting, Book Club, etc. Faculty leaders advise activities groups, but students are encouraged to develop activities from among their interests, assume leadership roles in them, pursue personal interests, and explore new areas. Students have the opportunity to change their activity selection for each activity period. Participation in activities and clubs is optional.
During the fall and spring (concurrently with the athletic seasons), Middle School students can participate in creative arts offerings on Monday afternoons. No athletic practices are held so that students can, if they choose, participate in a variety of offerings that typically include acting (in the Middle School play, which is a drama or comedy in the fall and a musical in the spring), technical theatre, costume design, photography, and music. Other electives, including music, dance, costume design, and studio arts, may be offered when available.
Social and cultural programs are an integral part of the school year. Whether an activity takes place at Brimmer or is held elsewhere, students are expected to comply with the standards of Brimmer at all times. The Middle School Head, with the help of the class deans, promotes and schedules appropriate social activities for Middle School students. The School provides chaperones for School-sponsored events. The Middle School Parents Committee, a sub-committee of the Parents Association, also organizes and supports social activities for Middle School students. Some activities offered include, but are not limited to, open gym nights, cultural events nights, astronomy nights, and dances.
In an effort to nurture a sense of social responsibility and promote a commitment to others through service, Brimmer’s Middle School has Community Service Days throughout the academic year. The goal is to have students experience the joy and satisfaction of moving beyond their own personal, immediate needs to meeting the needs of others in their community and the world.
Providing our students with structured opportunities to be global citizens is essential in creating and maintaining a community service program in the School—one with depth and meaning is of utmost importance. Students work with organizations including Cradles to Crayons and Birthday Wishes.
The eighth grade embarks on a yearlong, eight-hour independent community service initiative, which culminates in a Service Fair in May. Their objective is to serve the community, reflect on their experiences in writing, and then share their projects with the community.
Each year following the opening days of school, grades 6–8 spend two days at camp. Students are housed in cabins and spend the days getting to know their peers and their teachers as they participate in a variety of activities including outdoor initiatives, ropes course elements, sporting events, field games, collaborative challenges, and class meetings. This is a time for individuals and classes to set goals for the upcoming year and to gain a level of comfort and familiarity with risk-taking and collaborative learning. Middle School faculty members chaperone the trip and the camp provides staffing.
The Middle School trip to camp has several specific goals:
To begin to build healthy, comfortable, safe, and trusting relationships among students and between students and faculty;
To provide students with an opportunity to take risks and challenge themselves in a supportive environment;
To provide individual students and class groups with an opportunity to reflect upon their previous experiences and their hopes and expectations in order to set goals for the coming school year
To enjoy an active, fun, and unanxious start to the new school year for all Middle School students;
To celebrate the eighth grade’s arrival at the culmination of Middle School and to promote a sense of leadership, responsibility, and reflection in individuals and within the class itself.
The Middle School Outdoor Education Program has several goals: to provide students with personal and group challenges outside the classroom, to integrate fitness and problem-solving with outdoor educational experience, to provide students an alternate arena for appropriate and safe risk-taking, and to develop student leadership skills. The Outdoor Education Program commences with the trip to camp at the beginning of the year and continues throughout the year. One full school day three times a year is dedicated to activities that encompass either individual grades or the entire Middle School. Activities include, but are not limited to, camping, canoeing, cycling (on and off road), hiking, orienteering, rafting, rock climbing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.
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