Eighth grade students concluded their semester-long Nonprofit Marketplace projects last week. The project tasks groups of students to create a nonprofit organization that addresses a real-world problem related to the 15 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The experience of a middle school child at Greens Farms is a rich one with a wide variety of offerings in all disciplines. In addition to the core academic, artistic, and athletic possibilities, we also provide a number of special extracurricular options.
We provide students with the best tools to best navigate today's world. Through seminars on research skills (seventh and eighth grades), guided research papers (all grades), science research projects (seventh and eighth grades), and the yearlong Capstone project (eighth grade), students develop the skills they need to pursue their passions and become excited and engaged learners.
The eighth-grade Capstone project is a hallmark of the Middle School, enabling students to develop strong research and writing skills and to delve more deeply into topics about which they are passionate. This semester-long project culminates in a presentation to their peers in May. The ultimate goal of the Capstone project is to create an environment where students are invested in their own learning and engaged in thoughtful analysis of a broad range of topics.
The Advisory program in the Middle School provides academic and social support for the students. The Advisor is the point person and liaison between student, home and school. Advisory groups meet daily in their homeroom to help provide the academic and social support that is necessary for each child to feel connected at school. Additionally, the grades Advisors meet weekly with their Dean to communicate common issues within the grade. The fifth grade will also have weekly class meetings with their respective homeroom teacher.
Our students gain an understanding of the importance of giving back through a number of year-long Service Learning activities like tutoring in Bridgeport, visiting elder homes, and maintaining the Audubon trail, the greenhouse, and other areas of campus.
Last Friday the Middle School's annual Bike-a-Thon for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp changed format slightly due to impending weather, but that didn't damper spirits.
Eighth graders Jake Farber, Kavya Krishnamurthy, Katherine McNamara, and Karsten Rynearson headed to Chicago last weekend to compete in the 2018 NAQT Middle School National Championship Tournament. The team had an astounding finish, tying for fifth place out of 192 teams.