Ask any teacher what you’ll remember when you look back on middle school, they’ll say the camping trip. Each camping trip is meant to bond you with your classmates, and maybe help you understand the wilderness more. Each camping trip gets shorter the older you are, with the sixth grade trip being much longer than MOSAIC.
The sixth grade camping trip (my personal favorite) takes place at Hickory Run State Park in Pennsylvania. It has many hikes with your homeroom, including the stream hike and the boulder field. It was an amazing bonding experience, and definitely brought our homeroom together. We had to prepare our own food, which was a major trust building event. Sam Spear, an eighth grader, said it was his favorite trip because, “There were more hikes, there was more woods experience.”
Every year, 8th graders participate in a musical, the 8th Grade Musical. Of course, that isn’t the title to every musical the 8th grade has, its different every time. Everybody has to play a part in the musical ranging from leading parts to singing in the chorus and lighting the stage. For the musical, students get to make the costumes under teacher supervision, and they work with the teachers to plan the lighting and some dance moves while the teachers make larger decisions and actions like making the script, choosing most of the dance moves, picking times to rehearse, and establishing order. It seems to most 8th graders that there isn’t much freedom for the 8th graders, nor any variation in the type of play the teachers are making. So, this brings up the question, should there be change, or should it stay the same?
Every year new students start at GFS. They come from larger schools, smaller schools, or schools the same size. I interviewed some new students from sixth, seventh, and eighth grades to see their perspective on being new.
I asked Jayden from eighth grade, “How is GFS different from your old school?” Jayden said, “The classes are bigger and the teachers are more enthusiastic. I’m not afraid to ask questions, there is more time to do homework, and I don’t have the same classes every day.”
I asked Alayah, a seventh-grader, if she feels included and has friends. She answered, “Yes, the kids here are open and accepting.”
On Friday, September 20th, more than 4 million students, teachers and families all over the world striked against climate change. People arrived with signs, chants and positive attitudes, making the walkout memorable and impressive.
David Kern: the new Interim Director of the Middle School. What are his goals? What are his view on areas for improvement?
“I am not going to be staying as the principal, I am officially the ‘Interim Middle School Director’ but my goals for this year are to have a great year, to keep all of the good things in the middle school going well, and to keep working on areas for improvement such as the Schedule and the Short lunch ( he later refers to the short lunch as a ‘critical area to change’)”
David is not going to remain part of GFS faculty or staff next year, but he does plan to “remain part of the GFS community” as he puts it.
David wishes the 6th Graders to feel welcomed into the middle school, the 7th graders to understand that they have an increased responsibility within the community, and the 8th graders to feel confident (8th graders are getting grades for the first time).
In early 2019, students in the Middle School were barred from the Open Door Café and the Main Building front hall. Many middle schoolers were mad at the decision by Germantown Friends School faculty, although the decision did help solve the problems that were happening in the café and front hall. Many Middle Schoolers started asking the question, “What happened? What caused the ban?” Continue reading The Open Door Café INCIDENT | What Happened?→
One of the newest peeves of eighth graders is the cell phone policies. It’s against the rules for an eighth grader to have a phone in their pocket or their bag during school hours. It wasn’t announced until after the farm show, well after the beginning of the year. Gossip across grades informed students airdropping inappropriate videos to teachers on the bus on the way back from the farm show. Continue reading Phones Kept in Locker Purgatory!→
Building and creating your own Lego robot is a fun and exciting process full of trial and error. When building, you have to create new ideas and building techniques for your robot. Programming helps the robot move, turn, and do other things that make the robot become more alive and do cool movements. At first, the quality of the Lego EV3 program and kit seems top of the line. Though not all of the things Lego EV3 has presented in the kit is useful or of good quality. Continue reading Lego EV3 Robotics. Is it too overrated?→
The Samsung Fold has released and models are already breaking. The device functions as a phone and a tablet and costs $1,980. It is part of the first generation of folding phones to be released, followed by the Huawei Mate X, a Chinese phone. Though folding phones may be in our near future, they aren’t entirely functional yet. The Fold has a visible crease down the middle, and the screen that is displayed when the device isn’t folded isn’t really useful. It has already been canceled after only a few weeks of the device being on the market. Clearly, there are a lot of issues that need to be solved.Continue reading Samsung Galaxy Fold Review→