MS Minutes: 02.06.24

Hello, Middle School Students and Families! Below is this week’s MS Meeting recap.

Catherine Crooker ’30, Alice Gametchu-Walker ’30, and Elizabeth Zimman ’30 ran today’s meeting. You can check out the slides from this week’s meeting here.


Brianna Wand ’29 and Anika Katzenstein ’29 presented: expresses opinions mindful of intent and impact.

Intent is what you mean to do and impact is how the other person takes it. It’s important because you don’t want to say something that is going to hurt somebody. You might think it wouldn’t bother them, but you never know, so you should think about what effects it might have on them before you say it. If you end up saying something that impacts somebody differently than how you imagined, you can apologize. If someone says something hurtful to you, you can point it out and then you can accept their apology.


The next Hiatt Center Institute is this Monday, February 12 at 8 a.m. In the workshop, titled When There’s a Bridge, There’s a Way, students will learn about how to work with people who don’t agree with them. Ms. Garayua will share the form to sign up via email.

Students were reminded to submit a film to the film festival. We watched a movie made by William Mortimer ’28 that won Best Visuals at last year’s film festival.

  • The theme for this year’s festival is nostalgia.
  • Videos should be three and a half minutes or shorter.
  • The deadline for submissions is February 13.

The MS Musical Newsies is this Thursday and Friday, February 8 and 9, at 6 p.m. in Bradley Hall.

Students were reminded to fill out the form to purchase tickets.

There are two field trips this week:

Tomorrow the Chinese C class is going on a field trip to the Golden Age Center to interview elderly Chinese people about the Lunar New Year.

On Friday, the 8th grade is going to the Museum of Science to go to a planetarium show about Moons and visit exhibits about Mars and Antarctica.

Rishaan Chowdhury ’29 announced the “Guess the Candy in the Jar” for this month is full of Hershey’s Kisses.

The 8th grade advisories have been working on a small project called Sharing the Wisdom. 8th grade students feel they have some wisdom to share as they are in their last and final year of middle school. For the next several weeks, each 8th grade advisory will present on a different topic ranging from friend conflicts to time management.

Today, Ms FitzGeralds’ advisory presented on Friendships. Reva Karol, Allie Kahn, Reid Bugbee, Brittany Franklin, and Katie Born spoke about the importance of friendships because “it’s nice to have someone to rely on and have fun with and to uplift and be loyal to you”.

Their tips include:

Be honest and kind with everyone and try your best to avoid any drama.

Remember to communicate, think about others, try to be the bigger person, put yourself in the other person’s shoes, and be willing to apologize. And remember: Don’t sweat the small stuff. If you’re having difficulty with friendships, talk to someone you trust.

We reminded students about a BVR Way: help stop the spread of germs by washing hands, using hand sanitizer, wiping down desks, and keeping air purifiers plugged in.

We also reminded students to stay home when they are sick, and if they return with lingering symptoms like a cough, to wear a mask.




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


Wellness classes this week:
Humanities 6.2 on Thursday @ 8:50 a.m. with Ms. Koch


This week’s advisory agenda: middle school dilemmas. As an advisory, we will read a dilemma—created by two of our advisories that can be common in middle school. After reading, we will talk about our reactions, responses, and solutions.

We looked at some of the Silent Drawings we made in advisory a few weeks ago. Students were put into pairs and asked to make a drawing together without talking incorporating random marks on the paper.


This week’s home games:

Boys A Basketball vs Charles River, 3:30 p.m. in Gym B

Boys B Basketball vs Rivers, 3:30 p.m. in Gym A
Girls B2 Basketball vs. Milton, 3:15 p.m. in Gym A

Check out the athletic schedules on the BVR website.

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