Imagine a middle school where...
- students take ownership in their own learning and enjoy opportunities to follow their passions, ask questions and challenge the norm.
- teachers and classmates discuss what it means to be a member of a respectful community.
- accountability and restoration are the outcomes of conflicts and students are challenged to hear the stories of others.
- integrity is fostered in and out of the classroom.
- a journey of faith is nurtured and students discover what it means to be a child of God.
That is Eastern Mennonite Middle School.
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In middle school, we challenge students to:
- build foundational knowledge that will prepare them for academic courses in high school.
- move from concrete to abstract thinking that will enable them to grasp how specific information connects to the "big picture.”
- "Explore Week" each April provides middle schoolers with a multi-day theme-focused experience by grade. Trips include biking and geocaching, and exploring the city of Philadelphia. Each grade participates in a course that ties to their curriculum and is experientially designed to spark discovery.
- Middle school students enjoy frequent field trips, outdoor learning in nearby Park Woods for science class and other hands-on activity.
- More than 50% of students 6-8 play an instrument at school
- Instrument exploration is required in grade 6
- 7th grade choir
- Junior choir, grades 8-10
- Musical theater productions
- Orchestra and Band
- The middle school exploratory sequence exposes students to creative endeavors to discover new interests and abilities. Students explore without the pressure of achieving a grade or taking standardized tests.
The exploratory series includes:
- Singing and instrumental music
- World languages
- Technical education
- Family consumer sciences
- Digital citizenship
- Computer skills and applications
- Middle school students participate in a First Friday of the year off-campus to have fun together and build community.
- The Junior SCO (Student Council Organization) plans socials and in-school events to bring people together across friend groups and grade levels.
- We often use the “circle process” when difficulties arise to create safe space where everyone has a chance to be heard and everyone is challenged to listen.
- Each spring the middle and high school takes a full day to serve out and about during Community Service Day.