“We have a lot of field trips in the Middle School. They are always fun and exciting, but they also tie exactly in to what we are learning in class. When we went on the horse trip at the beginning of the year, we did so many fun things that we’ve been talking about ever since. We make unforgettable memories on our trips.” -Middle School student at All Saints
Experiential learning in a variety of settings is a significant piece of our Middle School program. Local day trips to area museums, special events, and places of interest enhance the curriculum and give relevance and realism to the topics that are studied. Additionally each grade takes an overnight trip designed around the theme of each grade’s service focus. The overnight trip serves to explore the service theme in greater depth and to provide a bonding experience for the class as a whole.
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Just as our goal is to take full advantage of the field trip opportunities that complement our academic programs, we eagerly welcome a host of guest lecturers into the classroom. This gives our students the chance to learn from experts and to connect with adults in a different forum. Throughout the Middle School grades, students welcome guest speakers such as historical actors, local playwrights and poets, as well as veterinarians, publishers, and a host of others.
Student Government is a school-wide program in which students are able to develop their leadership and collaborative skills in creating change both within the school and the community at large. To begin the year, the Middle School students participate is a school-wide election in which they create a campaign speech and can run for the position of president, vice-president, and secretary. The students who hold these positions are then given the responsibility of organizing specific events and leading once-a-month student government meeting that includes class representatives from the lower grades. Each of the officers attend a weekly meeting in which they discuss suggestions from other students and what ideas can help create a better environment both within our school and around the world. Many student ideas have lead to multiple student government activities; such as:
- Youth Rocks Out for Haiti – Students participate in a school-wide talent show in which all proceeds are donated to help support the rebuilding of Haiti
- School Supplies Drive – The school supplies that is collected is donated to Ecuador and one country of the student government’s choosing
- Coat and Glove Drive – All coat and glove donations are donated to the Hoboken shelters to help the community of Hoboken.
- Sock Drive – All sock donations are donated to the Hoboken shelters during the winter months.
- Baseball Day – Students may sign up for a baseball team in which they participate in a school-wide baseball game while their classmates cheer them on from the stands.
- Spirit Week – Spirit Week is an introduction to Field Day in the month of May. Students participate in multiple dress-up days, like Crazy Hat Day or Mismatch Day, to show their school spirit.
Clubs provide meaningful ways for students to engage in a variety of extra-curricular learning experiences. Each trimester, students create a variety of clubs to explore and enjoy throughout the year. Past club offerings have included pets and animals, board games, digital photography, friendship crafts, cooking, comic books, knitting, newsletter, drama, and service, among others. Additional clubs will be added based on student interest. Clubs meet throughout the week during the school day.
Mission Projects / Community Service
Service to the community, an important aspect of the mission of the All Saints elementary school, continues to be valued in middle school. Each year, students participate in a year-long study of a specific theme, and work related to this theme or essential question allows each student to connect powerfully with the All Saints mission as well as their community. An overnight trip is designed to connect real-life experiences with the study of the theme each year, and the study culminates in a student-led community event.
High School Placement
Making sure that each of our graduating eighth graders has a curiosity for learning and an understanding of one’s self and the world is of utmost importance to us. We also view the selection and transition into high school as a part of our role in offering guidance to our Middle School students. The process begins in the Seventh Grade as the Head of School and Upper School Division Head meet with families to discuss the many options available to graduating students. Students also begin work on their Digital Portfolio that will display their work throughout their academic career. In Grade Eight, students continue the conversation in their Advisory course with focus given to interviewing, test prep, as well as identifying a school that is the right “fit.”
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