A few weeks ago, 6-12 History teacher Hannah DeBlois led a civic engagement teach-in for middle school students. The theme of the event was how to get involved in your community and make a difference through individual action and initiative.
As Ed Sheeran’s “Touch and Go” plays from my desktop, my feet tapping to its rhythms, I click on the last essay to review from one of my seventh-grade English students. It’s a weekend morning, and Hurd House is quiet, save for the group of seagulls that has gathered by the building’s entrance, signaled by the call of leftover sandwich crusts and the quiet eddy of our campus.
When asked for my guiding principles about Middle School, I often turn to the writing process—and the way it illustrates how writing and living is a process leading towards greater self-awareness, agency, and voice.
Our entire seventh grade spent advising period on Friday making winter cards for their friends at Head Start, whom they will visit on Tuesday.
Our relationship with the Greater Portland Head Start program has emerged over the past twenty years. Each seventh grade homeroom builds a relationship with students in a Head Start classroom. The students meet, play, and read together each month, starting in November. The seventh grade also organizes a Book Drive and bowl-a-thon to raise funds for literacy materials for the program.
Welcome to the Middle School section of the Waynflete Wire, where you’ll get a glimpse of the day-to-day activities and rhythms in our division.
So much of what we do in Middle School is celebrate the immediacy of experience and build skills and voice. We hope that this blog will awaken your curiosity and invite you into our cozy corner of the school.
We will feature faculty interviews, student impressions, and resources about all-things Middle School. Look for new content every week!