This year we kicked off our first Middle School Orientation – a way to bring new and returning students together before classes start for group activities, gym games, longer advisory meetings, and campus-wide activities.
At the start of each school year, Middle School students have the run of the Middle/Upper School campus—usually for the last two days in August, when freshman, sophomores, and juniors are away on Outdoor Education trips and seniors are hunkered down in college essay writing workshops. The lunch line is shorter, all the prime outdoor seating is there for the taking, and life on campus is a little more mellow.
Last year, Middle School administration took advantage of this built-in quiet time and developed a Middle School Orientation—comprised of games, longer advisory periods, and a slow acclimation to academic classes.
“We wanted space and time to build our Middle School family, to provide a soft landing for new students, and bring everyone together,” says Middle School Assistant Head Gregg Sacon, who spearheaded the new program. "It’s well-known that students thrive and succeed when they feel comfortable and connected, so the whole point was to bring students together in a fun and meaningful way. Last year was a great success, and I look forward to working on improving the experience this year.”