MS Minutes 09.21.22

Hello, Middle School Students and Families!

Here’s what happened at today’s MS meeting:

You can check out the slides from this week’s meeting here.


Open Studio Academic Showcase is tomorrow night! Registration will begin at 5:45 p.m. in the Front Circle (in the Foyer if it’s raining) followed by a welcome from Head of School Kim Samson and Director of Middle School, Tiffany Smith at 6:00 p.m.



This week’s D-Level Creation Nation activity is stop animation. Students are welcome to join during recess today, tomorrow, and Friday on the D-Level to learn more and create their own stop animation.

Mathletes had their first meeting today! Tomorrow, Asian American and Pacific Islanders affinity group will meet, and the Multiracial affinity group will meet on Friday.

Athletic games started this week! At MS Meeting every week, we highlight our home games. See all fall athletic games on the BVR website.

  • Field Hockey played yesterday
  • Flag football played today


Jon Greenberg and six 8th grade students introduced a new program, SIPs, Student Inspired Projects. Through SIPs we want students to take charge of their own learning, build inquiry skills, and practice defining and managing their time. In a SIP, students will pursue their interests to learn what they want to learn and produce what they want to produce—digging even deeper into their learning.

The presenting 8th graders talked about their potential areas of interest.

    • Kiernan Collins: movie making
    • Sammie Clark: make a project about endangered marine animals and global warming
    • Beckett Freid: raise awareness for endangered whale species
    • Charlie Scott: practicing 3D printing and laser cutting
    • Andrew Adamic: global warming – specifically, an app to pick up trash
    • El Strom: astronomy and the cosmos

We then transitioned to the 8th Grade President Debates!

Nine students ran for office: Andrew Adamic, Grace Batycky, Kiernan Collins, Margo Kuznetsova, Ruby Nielsen, Ethan Okafor, Verveine Oringer, Zoey Steinberg, and El Strom. Moderated by Alex Borden ’27, students answered questions related to their leadership qualities, their ideas for fun student activities, and their goals for Student Council this year.

Student Council Grade Representatives: 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students can apply. Applications are due Wednesday, and their debates will be next week.

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