Hello, Middle School Students and Families!
We’re happy to be back with our meeting minutes this week. Here’s what happened at today’s MS meeting:
Giselle Figueroa ’27 and Koko Vandernoot ’27 ran today’s meeting. You can check out the slides from this week’s meeting here.
April is National Poetry Month. Kathleen Kosberg read poems written by former 7th and 8th-grade students.
BVR STUDENT HIGHLIGHT
Phoebe Stoesser ’27 and Ruby Nielsen ’27 presented Collaborates Positively and Productively.
“We chose this because it’s important to be able to work with other people but also be productive. For example in science we are designing heart valves for patients we were given. We are doing it with a partner, so it’s important to collaborate and share your ideas. Working together positively helps to make sure you can be able to get what you need to do on time.”
FEED YOUR BRAIN PICK
The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
Recommended by Henry Diver ’26
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK …
“I was interested in reading this book because it had been banned in some places. It’s a graphic novel about the author’s father’s experiences during the Holocaust. It’s not a light book, but the pace of the story was good, and I really liked the art style.”
WHY I THINK YOU WOULD LIKE IT …
“It taught me about the inside of concentration camps and what the Holocaust was like for an individual. It’s different from anything else I’ve read. I recommend it if you like learning about history.”
LUNCH & RECESS PROGRAMMING
Today in RISE they made a wall collage.
Music R-TIME is today and Thursday.
Also happening this week …
Niko Reuning ’27 recapped the MS BVR Leadership Institute workshop that took place Monday: Climate Justice. Attendees discussed examples of injustice like the Flint water crisis, sea-level rise in East Boston, and Roslindale air quality. They watched a video called SEAWALLS, which is an artivism project in East Boston. East Boston is under threat of sea-level rise, air pollution, noise pollution, and hazardous wastes. Afterward, they researched topics of injustice and brainstormed artivism ideas.
Thanks to the students who came to the workshop. The last workshop of the year is June 9, and all students involved in the Hiatt Summer Fellowship are required to attend.
Ms. Winston and Hannah Rothman ’26 announced the Senior Art Show, which is opening Thursday night with a reception in the gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. Ms. Winston and Hannah encouraged middle school students to check out the work of our seniors.
Ms. Smith talked about The Learning Speedway and shared that students and families will receive an email with their “BVR Student Feedback” today. This week in advisory, students will reflect on that feedback, and afterward, parents/caregivers will receive a link to the Feedback and Reflection folders.
Giselle Figueroa ’27 encouraged students to let me know if they would like to run a Middle School Meeting.