MS Minutes: 04.09.24

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

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


Vanessa Jean-Marie ’29 and Cassidy Anderson ’29 presented: Tries New Things.

We think trying new things is important because you may like them. You never know if you will like something unless you try. For example, trying a new sport or a new food. You may end up finding your new favorite thing. It’s important because it can help you learn new stuff. It’s important to try things out even if you are scared. You never know if you are going to like it or not. This year I did volleyball and basketball. I had never done those sports before. I really liked them. You should try new things too.


April is Poetry Month! NG read The Sloth by Theodore Roethke

Vivian Mandelman ’26 and Brigid Fitzgerald ’26 invited middle school students to attend a session of the Upper School single/divorced parent affinity group this Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

On Monday, about 25 middle school students attended the Hiatt Institute, Collaborations That Uplift. Rishaan said he learned how to better collaborate with others and learned more about his strengths as a group member.

We talked about The BVR Way: Not propping doors open.

The spring session of debate started last week. Attendees include: Rishaan Chowdhury ’29, David Yatskar ’29, Olivia Smith ’30, Marli Forrester ’29, and Sam Singer ’28.

The 8th grade and their families will receive the Upper School course registration email tomorrow. There is an 8th grade class meeting on Thursday during R-TIME to help the students navigate the signup process.

Fiona Freedman ’29 and Layla Gold ’30, members of the Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA), announced the Day of Silence happening this Friday.

The point of the day of silence is to not speak for a day to respect and honor those who cannot speak for themselves, now or historically, specifically in the LGBTQ+ community.

Students who want to participate fill out a form. On Friday afternoon before afternoon activities, all participating students will come together to ‘break the silence’.

Sharing the Wisdom: 8th graders presenting about an important middle school topic.

Ms. Webster’s advisory presented on Friendships: Toren Andersen, Max Coleman, Tariq Kasrawi, and Mia Peselman talked about the ups and downs of friendships.

  • Having strong friendships has been linked to reducing depression, high blood pressure, and high BMI.
  • Friendships are great for your physical and mental health, but not always easy. In a friendship or any relationship, miscommunications will happen. When they do, you have to be patient with each other and try to be understanding in order to come to an understanding.
  • A tip for maintaining a healthy friendship is: If your friends tell you something, make sure to ask if it’s okay before telling other people
  • Trust and loyalty are important. It’s important to forgive your friends if they make a mistake. Our advisory brainstormed some of the most important values in friendship and we thought some important ones are: trust, equality, compassion, honesty, independence, loyalty



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

This week’s advisory agenda: Top 5 Answers Quiz

Wellness classes this week:
History 7.3 Wednesday @ 12:35 p.m.
Science 8.2 Thursday @ 8:50 a.m.
Science 8.3 Friday @ 12:35 p.m.

This week’s home games:

Softball vs Milton @ 3:30 p.m. on Lower Field

Ultimate vs Carroll @ 3:30 p.m. at Lower Soule
A2 + B Tennis vs Dedham @ 3:30 p.m. at Pine Manor
Softball vs Park @ 3:30 p.m. on Lower Field

Girls Lax vs Milton @ 3:30 p.m. on Upper Field
A Tennis vs Newton @ 3:30 p.m. at Pine Manor

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