A team approach characterizes the Middle School experience. Each student has a faculty advisor who works closely with the family to build an educational partnership. Because these faculty members know their advisees, they are able to set expectations and assist each student in selecting a challenging curriculum, making appropriate social choices, and broadening extracurricular activities.
The Middle School has launched an initiative called MindUp to foster social and emotional awareness, enhance well-being and promote academic success. The program, developed in collaboration with Scholastic Inc and the Hawn Foundation, is an evidence-based curriculum framed around 15 lessons. Read more...
A recent Mind-Up Advisory included a creative exercise in in "mindful smelling" led by English Teacher Christina McKeon. Wherein the students experienced that "mindful smelling" can increase the awareness of your surroundings, elicit memories and create vivid imagery. The students went through a series of guessing unknown smells, listed adjectives to describe it, and shared what memories it brought up for them.
P.S. This Mind-Up Advisory also happened to be pajama day during Spirit Week....
Although the school day begins and ends with Advisory, once a week, Advisory Lunchallows the faculty member to connect with his/her advisees and discuss topics or issues of concern and interest. The entire Middle School meets daily as a group to share community announcements, successes and concerns, and to plan for future activities and endeavors.
Home and School Communication
Chase believes close communication and contact between school and home are essential during the Middle School years. Weekly advisory meetings give students a forum for discussing issues that are important to the school community and their lives.
Parent/Teacher Conferences October and February student-led conferences are scheduled with parents and the advisor. Middle School teachers maintain web sites with homework assignments, course information, and other important notes. Throughout the year, students and parents are encouraged to contact faculty members with questions and concerns.