MS Minutes 10.18.22

Hello, Middle School Students and Families! Here’s what happened at today’s MS meeting:

Rishaan Chowdhury ’29 ran today’s meeting. You can check out the slides from this week’s meeting here.



Ruby Nielsen ’27, Lulu Muwina ’27, and Juliet Svenson ’27 presented stays on task and follows directions.

To us, this means always staying focused in class and listening to whoever is speaking. This also means getting the correct work done in class and following the directions thoroughly. It is important to us because the best way to be efficient in class is by always focusing and getting tasks done the way you were told to. In addition, it is so important to take advantage of class time and without staying on task you will not be using your time well.


Daughter of Sparta
by Claire M. Andrews

Recommended by Emerson Daly ’29

It’s about a girl named Daphne who is on a quest to save her brother. It’s an interesting story about Greek gods and has a classic love/hate relationship between two of the characters.

I recommend this book if you like adventure and mythology. The story involves quests and fighting monsters.


Reid Bugbee ’28 and Lulu Muwina ’27 announced the Middle School Fall Play, The Bookstore.

They shared a summary of the show.

Performances are Thursday and Friday, October 27 and 28 at 6 p.m. in Bradley Hall. Tickets will go on sale to the BVR community on Monday and students can sign up to be ushers for each show.

Parent/Caregiver-Teacher Conferences are the next two Fridays: October 21 and 28. Students are encouraged to attend their conferences.

If your conferences are this Friday, October 21, families are welcome to stop by the Rogers Room to check out the Creation Stations. The four stations are storytelling with scratch, making BVR keychains, origami twist notes, and basic circuitry.

Amber Kuntz let students know that Ice Hockey practices are Mondays from 7-8:30 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:30-7:30 a.m.

Since practices are before school, students can select two afternoon activities to participate in. Students interested in the Middle School ice hockey team can let Amber or myself know.

The second Middle School Hiatt Leadership Institute, The Leader Within is next week on Monday, October 24 at 8 a.m. on the D-Level. Students will explore their qualities, skills, and leadership style, as well as discuss the strengths they bring into spaces of collaboration.

The Hiatt Center sent a form via email for students to sign up. Click here to see the full list of this year’s institutes.



Students recapped last Thursday’s Feed Your Brain Conference, sharing what they learned and their favorite part of their session.

  • Charlotte Abramowitz ’29, Maddy SaCouto ’29, and Charlie Schaffer ’28 spoke about the Banners workshop. “We learned how to cut out letters in fabric and work with special fabric glue.” “My favorite part of the experience was using the heat gun to erase the pen ink on the fabric.”
  • Shirin Sakoulis ’27 and Grace Batycky ’27 spoke about Can You Knot? “We learned how to make friendship bracelets and beaded bracelets with Ms. Ollen. I’d never made a friendship bracelet before so I was excited I finished one by the end of the day. I learned your bracelet doesn’t always turn out the way you want it to. Sometimes you should push through and keep working on it, sometimes it’s okay to scrap it and start over.”
  • Quinn Burke ’28 spoke about Inspiration through Animation with Ms. Garayua and Ms. Latour “I learned there is a lot more depth to animated characters than you might see at first glance. And the process that goes into making them. My favorite part was collaborating with someone else to make something fun and served an important purpose.”
    Brette Buckley ’29 and Juliet Wasserman ’29 spoke about the cooking session with Ms. Hollos and Ms. Wolf. “We learned how to make waffles using oat flour. I learned you have to let the batter sit to become thicker. Our favorite part was eating the waffles.”
  • Preston Toussaint ’29 and Sam Kosberg ’29 spoke about the escape room session with Ms. Sullivan. “I learned that teamwork is a valuable trait when you are trying to conquer a goal. I learned that listening to others can create real relationships and it made it easier to solve the clues. My favorite part was the satisfaction of finishing it as a group and my favorite part was working with kids in other grades.”
  • Gisele Figueroa ’27 and Koko VanDernoot ’27 played capture the flag. They “liked playing a game we don’t usually play with kids from several grades.”
  • Bradley Stone ’27 spoke about the board game session. “I spent most of my time playing Battleship. It was a great way to relax during the day and hang out with friends in a way that isn’t really possible during the regular school day”
  • Harrison Mrazek ’28, Ave Hurley ’29, and Conor McKinley ’29 spoke about RISE led by both Ms. Grahams. “During our session, we created “ME” boards. Our “ME” boards focused on who we are on the inside. It was cool to see everyone’s finished products and how they see themselves through creativity.”

Anika Katzenstein ’29 and Maddie Stoesser ’29 spoke about Vision Boards. “We learned that vision boards are not just a way to get ideas for things you like. Find things you like, find new goals, and express yourself in a new way. My favorite part was expressing ourselves through images that we got to pick out ourselves. Also, I liked learning more about ourselves throughout the process.”


This week’s home games…

Girls Soccer vs Milton at 3:15 p.m. on Upper Field

Boys Soccer vs Carroll at 3:30 p.m. on Upper Soule Field

Volleyball vs NCD at 3:30 p.m. in Gym A

Field Hockey vs NCD at 3:15 p.m. on Upper Field

Flag Football vs Carroll at 3:30 p.m. on Lower Field

Cross Country Invitational at 3:30 p.m. Larz Anderson Park

Today’s RISE activity was “me” boards. Through fun activities, students learn how to deal with stress and worry.

Today and Thursday’s D-Level Creation Nation activity is making buttons and keychains. Students are welcome on the D-Level during their recess.

Reminders from Ms. Hollos

I reminded students that earbuds are a form of technology, and they must have explicit permission from a teacher to use them in class. Wearing earbuds in the hallways, at lunch, or during recess is not allowed.

I also explained to students that the school elevators should only be used by people who need them. That way the elevators are available for people who rely on them to get from place to place. I reminded students that taking the stairs is good for their hearts.

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