MS Minutes: 12.05.23

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

Reid Bugbee ’28 and Addie Marsh ’28, Student Council President and Vice President, and the BVR mascot helped Beaver celebrate its 103 birthday today by learning a BVR chant. We also did “the wave” and students got BVR stickers. Happy Birthday, BVR!

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


At Middle School meetings throughout the year, students present elements of The BVR Student.

Marli Forrester ’29 and Charlie Schaffer ’28 presented Takes care of space, materials, and our community.

You should be respectful of what other people bought for you. We want our spaces to be clean, not dirty. We don’t need more mice. Be careful what you throw. Check your surroundings and be aware of anything around you that needs to be picked up or put away.


WALK + TALK, recommended by Lindsay Rich & Kathleen Kosberg

What’s better than spending time outdoors with a good friend, discussing common interests or experiences, offering useful advice to one another… and getting your steps in? We can’t really think of anything! That’s why we get out and share, reflect, and problem-solve as often as we can.

Walking + Talking = physical exercise, mental stimulation, social connection, and stress reduction!

You can do it anytime and anywhere!


Marli Forrester ’29 announced the next Hiatt Leadership Institute titled Centering the Voices of the Impacted coming up this Monday, December 11 at 8 a.m. Students will be taking a closer look at how to make sure we always keep the people who are most affected by injustice at the center of any solutions we try to implement. Ms. Garayúa will share the form via email to sign up.

Addie Marsh ’28 announced this year’s Hiatt Social Justice Retreat is happening on Friday, January 26. The Social Justice Retreat is an all-day event where students get to hear from speakers, participate in different workshops, and take part in create and design spaces related to exploring identities, understanding the identities of others, and learning about making the world a better place for everyone.

This year’s retreat includes nationally and locally known artists, spoken word poets, authors, and rappers, who through their work make our communities a better place. BVR Upper School students and faculty will also be hosting workshops. Students who want to participate can sign up with the Hiatt Center.

Joe Murphy ’28, 8th Grade Student Council Representative, announced that Student Council has gone through the Lost and Found and taken pictures of everything. Students and families are encouraged to look through the Lost and Found slideshow and email CK at to claim any items. All items on the slideshow will be donated over winter break.

Rishaan Chowdhury ’29 announced the December Guess the Candy in the Jar. This month it is Andes candies. The winner will be announced next week!

8th graders have been studying linear functions in math class. This Friday, they will hear from Faye Morrison, the Parking Manager for Medford, MA, to learn more about how cities use revenue earned from parking tickets. The 8th graders will be looking at how to apply linear functions to calculate revenue from parking tickets.

The Lego League team shared highlights from the tournament they attended this weekend where they came in 13th place. They felt proud of the work they’ve done this fall. Check out pictures and videos from the tournament.

The team included: William Mortimer, Rishaan Chowdhury, Kyle Benton, Toren Anderson, Nate Howard, Zach Chiu, Peter Mortimer, James Hester, Kaz Jurkiewicz, Elliot Enyeart, Matthew Baltay, Kieran Morrissey-Dhekne.

Nate Guevin announced it’s CSEdWeek (Computer Science Education Week). Art Classes are doing a Generative Art Curriculum and there are some special activities during recess on the D-Level including coding and making games.

Ms. Smith announced that students will be using R-TIME today to reflect on the BVR Student feedback. Reflection is an important step of the Feedback Loop so students can set goals. Students will email their reflections to their parents/caregivers.



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

This week’s advisory agenda: debating fun and interesting topics.

This week’s home games:

Boys A + B Basketball vs Carroll, 3:30 p.m. in Gym A

Check out the athletic schedules on the BVR website.

Wellness classes
this week:

Humanities 6.2 Thursday at 8:50 a.m.
Art 8.2 Thursday at 12:35 p.m.

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