Fall

Arts Activities

PLAY-ACTING: The fall play is a one-term mainstage, process-to-production experience.  Students are cast by audition. The term begins by focusing on script analysis and character development and then students engage in the rehearsal process to bring the play to fruition alongside the technical theater and costuming students. Placing equal focus on the process as well as the product, students build collaboration, creative problem solving, empathy, and leadership skills as well as performance skills.  Students entering this process should be highly motivated and interested in an intense and exciting experience that requires a great deal of commitment.

Rehearsals are each day from 3:45pm-5:30pm. In the weeks leading up to the performances, Saturday rehearsals are added as well as late rehearsals ending at 6:30pm the week before the show, 9:00pm the week of the show, and later into the evening for the actual performances. Past shows have included Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Visit, Secret in the Wings, and The Laramie Project


PLAY-TECHNICAL THEATER: Fall Tech Theater is a one-term, production-based activity where students practice Technical Theater skills related to the public performance of the Fall Play Activity at Beaver.  This activity is open to both experienced and inexperienced technicians; it includes on-the-job training which prepares students to take on necessary challenges. Technical theater roles include stage management, run crew, set, props, lighting, projection, and sound production.  Fall Tech Theater offers dedicated students a chance to build essential skills such as effective communication, problem solving, organization, iteration, and leadership. Past shows have included flown scenery, running water, projection mapping, sculpture, prop building and textured scenic painting techniques. Students entering this activity should be highly motivated and interested in an intense and exciting experience that requires a great deal of commitment.

Fall Tech meets each day from 3:45pm-5:30pm. In the weeks leading up to the performances, Saturday rehearsals are added as well as late rehearsals ending at 6:30pm the week before the show, 9:00pm the week of the show, and later into the evening for the actual performances.


PLAY–COSTUME CONSTRUCTION + DESIGN: Fall Costume Construction and Design is a one-term, production-based activity related to the public performance of the Fall Play Activity at Beaver. The term begins by focusing on script and character analysis to inform the design and construction process and then students bring the play to fruition alongside the performers and technical theater students. Past projects have included pattern making, construction, fabric painting, jewelry making, and hair and make-up design and execution. Students entering this activity should be highly motivated and interested in an intense and exciting experience that requires a great deal of commitment.

Fall Costume Construction and Design meets each day from 3:45pm-5:30pm. In the weeks leading up to the performances, Saturday rehearsals are added as well as late rehearsals ending at 6:30pm the week before the show, 9:00pm the week of the show, and later into the evening for the actual performances.


AFTERNOON BAND: The Winter Afternoon Band is an ensemble that focuses on contemporary styles such as rock, pop, and R&B. The ensemble is open the following instrumentation: vocalists, woodwind, brass, string, and rhythm section instruments (guitar, bass, piano/keyboard, and percussion). Students should have at least one full year of experience on their instrument and multiple areas of expertise are welcome and encouraged. This student-driven ensemble works with the instructor to select repertoire that they are interested in playing together, based on the experience and instrumentation of the participating students. Past repertoire has included everything from Aretha Franklin to Adele, and Mumford & Sons to Childish Gambino. Rehearsals culminate in an in-school performance at an Upper School meeting. This ensemble is directed by Ms. MacFadden and rehearsals run every afternoon from 3:45-5:00.


VISUAL ART WORKSHOP: Visual Arts Workshop is a place for all student artists to explore their own creativity and find new ideas and techniques. Through instruction and peer feedback, students will hone their existing artistic skills while being introduced to a range of themes and concepts.  There will be opportunities for directed peer critique for those that are ready for intense constructive dialogue. Students will also have an option to formally display their work on campus. Meets in the McElwain Studio, Monday through Friday 3:45 – 5:00 pm.

Athletics + Fitness Activities

ATHLETICS: INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORTS

  • Soccer – boys
  • Soccer – girls
  • Cross country – boys
  • Cross Country – girls
  • Fencing – coed
  • Field hockey – girls
  • Golf – coed
  • Volleyball – girls

Read more about our athletics program and our teams.

FITNESS OFFERINGS

  • Strength and Conditioning: Strength and Conditioning focuses on strengthening and improving endurance in the core, lower body, and upper body, while incorporating balance, stability, and cardiovascular training. The goal is to use barbells, kettlebells, dumbbells, bands, and bodyweight movements to teach athletes/students how to move safely and effectively whether it is to improve athletic performance or just maintain general joint health. We also teach recovery strategies such as foam rolling techniques and active mobility work. Program runs Mon-Fri, 3:45-4:40 pm, and 4:30-5:15pm
  • Fitness: Adventure Series (examples: ropes course, kayaking): Fitness Adventure Series is offered fall and spring term, and meets from 3:45-5:30 each day. Depending on the season, activities include low ropes, the high ropes course, climbing, belay instruction, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, and geocaching.
  • Core-Strength (examples: yoga, martial arts): Core-Strength is offered all 3 terms, and meets from 4:00-5:00 each day. The class is led by experienced yoga instructors and martial arts experts. Yoga 3 days a week. Martial Arts 2 days a week. Focus on your inner core, flexibility, and mindfulness.
  • Spin Class: Spin class meets 3 days a week, from 3:45-5:00. Depending on numbers, students may be split into early and late sessions.

Other Activities

HIATT INDEPENDENT OPPORTUNITY:: The Hiatt Independent Afternoon Opportunity allows for students to volunteer at a nonprofit after school for seven hours per week. Many students choose a nonprofit based on an established relationship they have with an organization. They may also meet with someone in the Hiatt Center to brainstorm ideas. This afternoon program does not take place on campus, and it is up to the student to arrange for transportation to the volunteer site.

During the term, students write a reflection describing their volunteer experience. Here are examples written by students about volunteering at Pine Manor Child Study Center, HATCH at Watertown Public Library, and Newton Wellesley Hospital.

Students who sign up for this activity must complete this learning agreement by the end of the first week of the term during which they will volunteer. The student will determine their schedule with the nonprofit pending approval from Ms. Latour in the Hiatt Center.


ATHLETICS INTERN: The Athletic Department Intern(s) will work with Athletic Department staff on all aspects of the athletic program. This will include but is not limited to: uniform distribution and inventory, use and creation of transportation and officials spreadsheets, game day setup and management, scheduling, organization of athletic spaces and information, problem-solving, and scoreboard operations.


RESEARCH SPACE: Need some space and time to finish a project, paper and get some work done? Research Space is offered all three terms from 3.45 to 5 pm every day. Students can do this activity only one term during each academic year.

Winter

Arts Activities

DEVISED PLAY–ACTING: This workshop style, student-driven process is a chance for students to create a piece of theater from the seed of an idea to production.   Using various theater techniques, such as scene writing, improvisation, and theater games the ensemble explores themes that are important to them. The term culminates in a three public performances.  Placing equal focus on the process as well as the product, students build collaboration, creative problem solving, empathy, and leadership skills as well as performance skills.  Students entering this process should be highly motivated and interested in an intense and exciting experience that requires a great deal of commitment and collaboration.  

Rehearsals are each day from 3:45pm-5:30pm. In the weeks leading up to the performances, Saturday rehearsals are added as well as late rehearsals ending at 6:30pm the week before the show, 9:00pm the week of the show, and later into the evening for the actual performances.  Past projects have included The Boal Project, 30 plays in 60 minutes and The Arte of Comedy.  


PLAY–TECHNICAL THEATER: Winter Tech Theater is a one-term, production-based activity where students practice Technical Theater skills related to the public performance of the Winter Play Activity at Beaver.  This activity is open to both experienced and inexperienced technicians; it includes on-the-job training which prepares students to take on necessary challenges. Technical theater roles include stage management, run crew, set, props, lighting, projection, and sound production.  Winter Tech Theater offers dedicated students a chance to build essential skills such as effective communication, problem solving, organization, iteration, and leadership. Students in this activity will also have the opportunity to work on the Advanced Theater Production.  Students entering this activity should be highly motivated and interested in an intense and exciting experience that requires a great deal of commitment.

Winter Tech meets each day from 3:45pm-5:30pm. In the weeks leading up to the performances, Saturday rehearsals are added as well as late rehearsals ending at 6:30pm the week before the show, 9:00pm the week of the show, and later into the evening for the actual performances.


PLAY–COSTUME CONSTRUCTION + DESIGN: Winter Costume Construction and Design is a one-term, production-based activity related to the public performance of the Fall Play Activity at Beaver. The term begins by focusing on script and character analysis to inform the design and construction process and then students bring the play to fruition alongside the performers and technical theater students. Past projects have included pattern making, construction, fabric painting, jewelry making, and hair and make-up design and execution. Students entering this activity should be highly motivated and interested in an intense and exciting experience that requires a great deal of commitment.

Winter Costume Construction and Design meets each day from 3:45pm-5:30pm. In the weeks leading up to the performances, Saturday rehearsals are added as well as late rehearsals ending at 6:30pm the week before the show, 9:00pm the week of the show, and later into the evening for the actual performances.


BERKLEE COMPETITION BAND: Berklee Competition Band is a jazz instrumental ensemble that represents our school at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival in Boston. Berklee’s annual event is the largest of its kind in the United States. Beaver will be competing under the Small Jazz Combo Category. Auditions will be open to the following instrumentation: guitar, piano, bass, drums, mallet percussion (such as vibraphone), strings, woodwinds and brass. A limited number of students will be accepted based on their skill level. Rehearsals will be directed by Ms. Norgaard and will take place every afternoon from 3:45-5:00 pm.


DANCE: Students will explore dance through a range of genres including (but not limited to) Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and Ballroom.  The class will include warm-up and stretch, technique drills (kicks, turns, spotting), movement across the floor and choreography development. There will be at least one off campus dance activity (dance class or seeing a performance) with the aim of showcasing the varied forms of dance and movement that can be found in and around the city of Boston. The program is open to dancers of all levels. This activity meets daily from 3:45pm-5pm.


VISUAL ART WORKSHOP: Visual Arts Workshop is a place for all student artists to explore their own creativity and find new ideas and techniques. Through instruction and peer feedback, students will hone their existing artistic skills while being introduced to a range of themes and concepts.  There will be opportunities for directed peer critique for those that are ready for intense constructive dialogue. Students will also have an option to formally display their work on campus. Meets in the McElwain Studio, Monday through Friday 3:45 – 5:00 pm.

Athletics + Fitness Activities

ATHLETICS: INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORTS

  • Basketball – boys
  • Basketball – girls
  • Wrestling – coed
  • Ice hockey – boys
  • Ice hockey – girls
  • Squash – boys
  • Squash – girls
  • Fencing – coed

FITNESS OFFERINGS

  • Strength and Conditioning: Strength and Conditioning focuses on strengthening and improving endurance in the core, lower body, and upper body, while incorporating balance, stability, and cardiovascular training.  The goal is to use barbells, kettlebells, dumbbells, bands, and bodyweight movements to teach athletes/students how to move safely and effectively whether it is to improve athletic performance or just maintain general joint health. We also teach recovery strategies such as foam rolling techniques and active mobility work. Program runs Mon-Fri, 3:45-4:40 pm, and 4:30-5:15pm
  • Core-Strength (examples: yoga, martial arts): Core-Strength is offered all 3 terms, and meets from 4:00-5:00 each day. The class is led by experienced yoga instructors and martial arts experts. Yoga 3 days a week. Martial Arts 2 days a week. Focus on your inner core, flexibility, and mindfulness.
  • Spin Class: Spin class meets 3 days a week, from 3:45-5:00.  Depending on numbers, students may be split into early and late sessions.  
  • 13.1 Project: 13.1 Project meets everyday to train for half marathons, incorporating fitness, strength training and yoga.  Throughout the course of the term, students will participate in 3 races, culminating with the Hyannis Half Marathon.

Other Activities

HIATT INDEPENDENT OPPORTUNITY: The Hiatt Independent Afternoon Opportunity allows for students to volunteer at a nonprofit after school for seven hours per week. Many students choose a nonprofit based on an established relationship they have with an organization. They may also meet with someone in the Hiatt Center to brainstorm ideas. This afternoon program does not take place on campus, and it is up to the student to arrange for transportation to the volunteer site.

During the term, students write a reflection describing their volunteer experience. Here are examples written by students about volunteering at Pine Manor Child Study Center, HATCH at Watertown Public Library, and Newton Wellesley Hospital.

Students who sign up for this activity must complete this learning agreement by the end of the first week of the term during which they will volunteer. The student will determine their schedule with the nonprofit pending approval from Ms. Latour in the Hiatt Center.


ROBOSTUDIO:  Worried that when the robots take over they won’t know who their friends are? Want to wrestle with complex and real problems and build elegant solutions? RoboStudio encourages experimentation with design to solve complex problems through a series of open-ended challenges.
It meets daily from 3:45-5 pm to fix the world. No prior knowledge of robotics or engineering to join. Some terms RoboStudio also runs weekly STEM clubs at local elementary schools.


ATHLETICS INTERN: The Athletic Department Intern(s) will work with Athletic Department staff on all aspects of the athletic program. This will include but is not limited to: uniform distribution and inventory, use and creation of transportation and officials spreadsheets, game day setup and management, scheduling, organization of athletic spaces and information, problem-solving, and scoreboard operations.


RESEARCH SPACE: Need some space and time to finish a project, paper and get some work done? Research Space is offered all three terms from 3.45 to 5 pm every day. Students can do this activity only one term during each academic year.

Spring

Arts Activities

MUSICAL – The musical is a one-term mainstage, process-to-production experience.  Students are cast through acting, dancing and singing auditions. The cast works throughout the rehearsal process to bring the play to fruition using music, dance and character development to tell the story, alongside the technical theater and costuming students. Placing equal focus on the process as well as the product, students build collaboration, creative problem solving, empathy, and leadership skills as well as performance skills.  Students entering this process should be highly motivated and interested in an intense and exciting experience that requires a great deal of commitment.

Rehearsals are each day from 3:45pm-5:30pm. In the weeks leading up to the performances, Saturday rehearsals are added as well as late rehearsals ending at 6:30pm the week before the show, 9:00pm the week of the show, and later into the evening for the actual performances. Past shows have included In The Heights, Hairspray, Rent, and Dreamgirls.


MUSICAL – TECHNICAL THEATER:  Spring Tech Theater is a one-term, production-based activity where students practice Technical Theater skills related to the public performance of the Spring Musical Activity at Beaver.  This activity is open to both experienced and inexperienced technicians; it includes on-the-job training which prepares students to take on necessary challenges. Technical theater roles include stage management, run crew, set, props, lighting, projection, and sound production. Students entering this activity should be highly motivated and interested in an intense and exciting experience that requires a great deal of commitment. Spring Tech Theater offers dedicated students a chance to build essential skills such as effective communication, problem solving, organization, iteration, and leadership. Past shows have included flown scenery, turntables, projection mapping, sculpture, prop building, and textured scenic painting techniques.

Spring Tech meets each day from 3:45pm-5:30pm. In the weeks leading up to the performances, Saturday rehearsals are added as well as late rehearsals ending at 6:30pm the week before the show, 9:00pm the week of the show, and later into the evening for the actual performances.


MUSICAL – COSTUME CONSTRUCTION + DESIGN:  Spring Costume Construction and Design is a one-term, production-based activity related to the public performance of the Spring Musical Activity at Beaver. The term begins by focusing on script and character analysis to inform the design and construction process and then students bring the play to fruition alongside the performers and technical theater students. Past projects have included pattern making, construction, fabric painting, jewelry making, and hair and make-up design and execution. Students entering this activity should be highly motivated and interested in an intense and exciting experience that requires a great deal of commitment.

Spring Costume Construction and Design meets each day from 3:45pm-5:30pm. In the weeks leading up to the performances, Saturday rehearsals are added as well as late rehearsals ending at 6:30pm the week before the show, 9:00pm the week of the show, and later into the evening for the actual performances.


VISUAL ART WORKSHOP: Visual Arts Workshop is a place for all student artists to explore their own creativity and find new ideas and techniques. Through instruction and peer feedback, students will hone their existing artistic skills while being introduced to a range of themes and concepts.  There will be opportunities for directed peer critique for those that are ready for intense constructive dialogue. Students will also have an option to formally display their work on campus. Meets in the McElwain Studio, Monday through Friday 3:45 – 5:00 pm.


ROCK BAND: Rock Band teaches and gives students the experience of playing classic and popular rock songs in a dynamic, group setting. This activity is open to all students who have achieved, at least, a basic level of playing skill, and are looking to gain live performance experience while having fun. Students will enhance their musicianship, hone their harmonies and explore the particulars of playing on stage. Rock band meets Monday through Friday, 3:45-5:00.

Athletics + Fitness Activities

ATHLETICS: INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORTS

  • Tennis – boys
  • Tennis – girls
  • Lacrosse – boys
  • Lacrosse – girls
  • Softball – girls
  • Baseball – boys
  • Ultimate Frisbee – coed
  • Volleyball – boys

Read more about our athletics program and our teams.

FITNESS OFFERINGS

  • Strength and Conditioning: Strength and Conditioning focuses on strengthening and improving endurance in the core, lower body, and upper body, while incorporating balance, stability, and cardiovascular training.  The goal is to use barbells, kettlebells, dumbbells, bands, and bodyweight movements to teach athletes/students how to move safely and effectively whether it is to improve athletic performance or just maintain general joint health. We also teach recovery strategies such as foam rolling techniques and active mobility work. Program runs Mon-Fri, 3:45-4:40 pm, and 4:30-5:15pm
  • Fitness: Adventure Series (examples: ropes course, kayaking): (Not running Spring 2018) Fitness Adventure Series is offered fall and spring term, and meets from 3:45-5:30 each day.  Depending on the season, activities include low ropes, the high ropes course, climbing, belay instruction, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, and geocaching.
  • Core-Strength (examples: yoga, martial arts) : Core-Strength is offered all 3 terms, and meets from 4:00-5:00 each day. The class is led by experienced yoga instructors and martial arts experts. Yoga 3 days a week. Martial Arts 2 days a week. Focus on your inner core, flexibility, and mindfulness.
  • Spin Class: Spin class meets 3 days a week, from 3:45-5:00.  Depending on numbers, students may be split into early and late sessions.
  • Sailing: Students will use boats out of Community Rowing and compete in the EIL.

Other Activities

HIATT INDEPENDENT OPPORTUNITY: The Hiatt Independent Afternoon Opportunity allows for students to volunteer at a nonprofit after school for seven hours per week. Many students choose a nonprofit based on an established relationship they have with an organization. They may also meet with someone in the Hiatt Center to brainstorm ideas. This afternoon program does not take place on campus, and it is up to the student to arrange for transportation to the volunteer site.

During the term, students write a reflection describing their volunteer experience. Here are examples written by students about volunteering at Pine Manor Child Study Center, HATCH at Watertown Public Library, and Newton Wellesley Hospital.

Students who sign up for this activity must complete this learning agreement by the end of the first week of the term during which they will volunteer. The student will determine their schedule with the nonprofit pending approval from Ms. Latour in the Hiatt Center.


ATHLETICS INTERN: The Athletic Department Intern(s) will work with Athletic Department staff on all aspects of the athletic program. This will include but is not limited to: uniform distribution and inventory, use and creation of transportation and officials spreadsheets, game day setup and management, scheduling, organization of athletic spaces and information, problem-solving, and scoreboard operations.


RESEARCH SPACE: (Not running Spring 2018) Need some space and time to finish a project, paper and get some work done? Research Space is offered all three terms from 3.45 to 5 pm every day. Students can do this activity only one term during each academic year.