MS Minutes: 02.07.23

Hello, Middle School Students and Families! The opening night of the musical, Matilda, is this Thursday! Here’s what happened at today’s MS meeting…

Suri Valkin ’27 and Zoey Steinberg ’27 ran today’s meeting. You can check out the slides from this week’s meeting here.



Brittany Franklin ’28 and Zuzu Wyett ’28 presented Incorporates feedback by reflecting, asking for help, and trying again.

This means when I get feedback from teachers I listen to what they say and effectively apply my corrections. This also means when I am struggling I ask for help no matter the situation. And once I get that help I go back to my work and try again.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Recommended by Charlie Daly ’29

It tells the backstory of Snow from The Hunger Games, what shaped him into the person he is, and why he fought his way to the top. It’s a simple story but there’s a big “aha!” moment in the end.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes The Hunger Games series but it’s also a good story if you haven’t read those books.


Ms. Garayua and Ms. Latour talked about the Hiatt Summer Fellowship. This program grants Beaver students, grades 6-11, the financial support to explore and participate in meaningful leadership and civic engagement work with non-profit organizations over the summer. In their presentation, they shared popular opportunities in which BVR students have participated in the past. Students are encouraged to make an appointment with the Hiatt Center by emailing to discuss their options. More information about the program can be found here.

Abigail Zimman ’28 and Iris Jurkiewicz ’28 announced the Middle School Musical, Roald Dahl’s Matilda, The Musical.

Performances are this Thursday and Friday, February 9 and 10, at 6 p.m. in Bradley Hall. Students will receive a form today to buy tickets. They are encouraged to check with their parents/caregivers before purchasing tickets through the form to make sure their parents/caregivers haven’t already bought them. The show runs for two hours with an intermission. Students should be picked up no later than 8:15 p.m. after the show. You can read more about the show here.

We expect the show to be sold out. If families have tickets they are not going to use, please contact Tina Farrell. Middle School students should still fill out the form they received today to request tickets.

Ushers for Thursday
Elinor Grant, Lulu Muwina, Joza Wang, Kyle Benton, and Cam Bloch.

Ushers for Friday
KL Benjamin, Misti Birnbaum, Lila Mandelman, Aubrey Emmons, Adyana Gresham, and Kiki Peguero.

Rishaan Chowdhury ’29 announced the Times of Boston published its first edition on Friday. Rishaan encouraged students to read the paper and submit articles for the next issue including current events, sports, poetry, and comics.

Alex Borden ’27 and Quinn Burke ’28 from SAGA talked about Valentine’s Day and the #loveisforeveryone campaign. Each year at Beaver, the Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) helps raise awareness of the heteronormative aspects of Valentine’s Day.

El Strom ’27 and Ruby Nielsen ’27 from Student Council announced a number of ways we are celebrating Valentine’s Day:

  • Guess the candy in the jar
  • A sweet treat at lunch on February 14th
  • Encouraging everyone to wear red, pink, and white next Tuesday

Leila Sakoulis ’27, Layla Slocum ’28, and Aubrey Harper ’28 announced this week’s Teacher Appreciation. Layla and Aubrey presented Ms. Apple. Leila presented Mr. Greenberg.

Caley Rice ’28 and Allie Kahn ’28 announced this week’s advisory activity: Comfort Zone. We will be talking about our comfort zones and how challenging ourselves creates a space where optimal learning can happen.

Students were reminded about lunch and recess options, reminding them that hanging out in classrooms or hallways during recess time is not an option. The playground, Upper Field, and both gyms are available every day, in addition to our daily lunch/recess programming.


Today’s RISE activity was making a mural. Through fun activities, students learn how to deal with stress and worry.

This week’s home games

Girls A Basketball vs. Brimmer at 3:15 p.m. in Gym A
Boys A Basketball vs. Brimmer at 3:15 p.m. in Gym A
Fencing vs. Shady Hill School at 3:45 p.m. in the Green Gym

Wellness classes:
Humanities 6.1 at 8:50 a.m.

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