MS Minutes: 02.21.23

Hello, Middle School Students and Families! Here’s a look at what’s happening in the Middle School…

Kiernan Collins ’27 and Cam Bloch ’27 ran today’s meeting. You can check out the slides from this week’s meeting here.



Brianna Wand ’29 presented Takes time for mindful breaks to improve mood and reduce stress.

To me, this means taking time for yourself. Sometimes when I am doing my work, I stop to do something else like move around. This is important because it helps break up the work. It gives your brain time to process.

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Recommended by Adyana Gresham ’28

It’s a nice light read about a girl named Mia whose family has immigrated from China. She uses the power of writing to help people. It’s a really sweet story.

I think you’d like this book if you’re looking for a light read. It’s a story about the power of words and how they make things possible.


Grace Batycky ’27 and Niko Reuning ’27 encouraged all Middle School students to come to the Upper School Instrumental Concert next Tuesday, February 28 at 7 p.m.

8th graders were invited to perform at the concert, and eleven 8th graders will be playing:

  • Kyle Chiu, Clarinet
  • Ethan Chau, Violin
  • Lucas Werning, Violin
  • Ameen Faris, Viola
  • Niko Reuning, Cello
  • Tyler Moyo, Tuba
  • Ezra Devonshire, Percussion
  • Margo Kuznetsova, Clarinet
  • Bee Ashburn, Alto Saxophone
  • Grace Batycky, Alto Saxophone
  • Alex Borden, Percussion

Jasper Ingenthron ’29 announced the next Hiatt Center Institute workshop happening on Monday, February 27 at 8 a.m. on the D-Level. The topic is Social Justice and Changemaking. Students will reflect and learn about what it takes to make positive change by taking part in a maker’s space activity. All Middle School Students received a form to sign up via email from the Hiatt Center.

Seniors Jack Botein and Alice Molinsky announced a Model UN program they are running this summer for rising 9th and 10th graders. They talked about the benefits of being in Boston Model UN Academy, like learning about world affairs and building speaking confidence. The program fee is covered through the Hiatt Summer Fellowship (students who are interested need to apply to both the Model UN Academy AND the Hiatt Summer Fellowship program). 8th graders can read more about Model UN Academy here.

Spring afternoon activities start today; students can see their spring afternoon activities in PowerSchool.

This Thursday, February 23 is our Feed Your Brain Day on campus. Students will participate in a series of workshops. This day allows Middle School teachers to prepare for conferences while students have enriching learning experiences led by BVR administrators and staff.

Parent/Caregiver-Teacher Conferences are this Friday, February 24, and next Thursday and Friday, March 2 and 3. Students are encouraged to attend their conferences.

Adyana Gresham ’28 and Verveine Oringer ’27 announced this week’s Teacher Appreciation. Adyana presented Mr. Rowles and Verveine presented Ms. O’Toole.

The 8th grade stayed after MS Meeting today to hear from Upper School Director Chai Reddy and 9th and 10th grade deans Melinda Ching and Perry Eaton.

They introduced themselves and talked about the event on Thursday, April 6 when 8th graders will visit two Upper School classes as well as attend a luncheon with Upper School students and faculty. This day is designed to give a sneak peek into the Upper School experience. In addition, an event for 8th grade parents/caregivers will be happening in April as well. Stay tuned for more information. The Upper School team is looking forward to welcoming the class of 2027 to the Upper School!


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

This week’s advisory activity topic is Silent Photographs. Advisories will work in small teams to create a silent “frozen” scene, and the other groups guess the scene.

Wellness Classes:
7th grade has wellness during one of the Feed Your Brain sessions on Thursday.

Next week, instead of a Middle School meeting, the Upper School Instrumental bands will perform for the middle school.

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