|Middle School Class Trip Pictures
The Middle School years are a time of significant emotional, intellectual, social and physical change. Since Sayre is committed to the promotion of "intellectual, emotional, physical, social and aesthetic growth," it is imperative that character development be an integral component of our Middle School curriculum.
Although character development is woven throughout every class and activity, there are a number of programs that have been established in our Middle School curriculum in an effort to promote integrity, to foster respect and compassion, and to encourage positive relationships.
Please click on the titles below to find out more regarding specific programs designed to provide a nurturing and supportive atmosphere in which our students can thrive.
Grade Level Meetings
Grade Level Meetings
Grade Level Meetings are designed to offer students a full voice in their community and a time to address issues of concern to students, faculty and the community at large. Students establish their own meeting ground rules, and a fluid curriculum is maintained to respond to the concerns of the developmental age as well as the specific group. The meeting groups remain flexible to allow movement from a large group to small groups and from coed to single sex.
Advisory groups provide a small "family" unit within the Middle School community. Each group is comprised of students from all three grades and one or two faculty advisors. A student's Advisory is designed as an advocacy group which also acts as a "home" base throughout the day. Daily meetings are scheduled with a special thirty minute session each Wednesday. All community service activities are performed through Advisory groups.
Conflict Resolution is a program available to all Sayre Middle School students who find themselves in a conflict with another member of our community. Our program begins with the premise that conflict is a part of life and that dealing with conflict in an appropriate manner is a life skill we learn and refine. In the presence of a faculty facilitator, Conflict Resolution sessions offer an opportunity for all parties to speak uninterrupted and to brainstorm ideas and propose solutions. The program empowers students to design and draw up a contract of acceptable behavior. A follow-up meeting is held to determine progress.
Community Matters was adapted from a life skills program with a curriculum that has been customized to our school and our students. Community Matters addresses pre-designed issues relevant to the developmental age and to the personality and make-up of a given class. All sessions are facilitated by two faculty members.
A program designed to foster cultural awareness, Sayre's Kids-to-Kids helps prepare our students for life in a global environment and instills a positive sense of one's own worth while recognizing the value of peers. Kids-to-Kids sessions address issues of self-esteem, sources of conflict, and techniques of conflict resolution. By helping students build bonds of awareness, respect and civility, the school actively seeks to promote a school climate of understanding and acceptance.
6th Grade Class Trip to Mohican Outdoor School
This venture into Ohio provides a retreat from the crowds and an opportunity to be immersed in experiential learning with the help of talented naturalists. Students spend the majority of their days exploring the aquatic and wooded life that exists on the Mohican campus and examining the nature of human interaction with these environs. In addition, they have time for recreational activities such as fishing and crafts. The center itself is located at the historic Hemlock Falls site near Butler, Ohio. The Mohican School in the Out-of-Doors’ facilities and amenities include pine and beech-maple forests, streams, a pond, and wetlands. The facility has served young people for 50 years with the goal of increasing campers’ awareness of the special relationship between man and nature. If you would like to learn more about the Mohican School in the Out-of-Doors, please visit their website at http://www.mohicanoutdoorschool.org.
7th Grade Class Explores Kentucky
The Explore Kentucky camping adventure has become an institution in the Middle School. In the last days of September, 7th graders pitch tents in a selected State or National Park where they live and breathe the great Kentucky outdoors for two nights and three days. This year we will revisit the scenic and spectacular Cumberland Gap National Park, where Kentucky meets Tennessee and Virginia.
Our focus at the park is three-fold: to investigate the history and nature of the area; to provide students with an outdoor education and the joys and challenges that come when we venture out of our element; and to further develop team spirit and unity amongst members of the 7th grade class. Activities include flora and fauna identification orchestrated by the park Naturalist, a two hour guided tour of some lesser known caves, a challenging four mile hike, and two evenings of Appalachian music performed around the campfire. Meals cooked from scratch are delicious and filling, and student teams participate in their preparation and presentation.
8th Grade Class Trip to Chicago
The Chicago trip has long been considered one of the most enjoyable bonding and learning times for the 8th grade. This venture into the "Windy City" is a perfect occasion for our 8th graders to broaden their horizons, to learn about themselves, and to view first hand a number of the American landmarks, the scientific feats, and the works of art they have studied in the classroom. Lodging in a downtown hotel, students and faculty chaperones spend two very full days touring the city's museums and many sites, attending professional theater productions, and eating a range of delicious food. Students traditionally visit the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Technology, the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium and Oceanarium, as well as attend a rocking performance of the Blue Man Group. Sayre's trip to Chicago has provided a host of cherished memories for our 8th grade students and our faculty.
The Middle School offers several programs and/or committees for students to become involved in:
||M & M's (Cultural Diversity Club