We Focus on Middle School

Hyla Middle School

Posts by: vickijenkins

Electives, Round Three

Electives, Round Three

General Electives Hyla students spend the last period on Mondays and Fridays exploring General Electives.  Electives are mixed grade classes.  Students sign up for new opportunities every two months.    Games of Strategy – David Maron It’s time to put on your thinking caps and play some games.  Consider when…

6th Grade Maze project

6th Grade Maze project

6th graders have been working with teacher Jeff Steele on a maze project, with a focus on the full engineering design cycle: Students sketch, blueprint to scale, develop functional prototypes, and then build their final product, an art installation and interactive game. Click here to watch a fun video of…

Quote Wall

Quote Wall

Have you seen the wall in Kim’s room where students write inspiring quotes? The wall is partly about space, because at this age it’s important for students to influence their environment. It’s also about taking responsibility and ownership of that environment, which transcends into responsibility for learning. The wall connects…

What is Council?

What is Council?

Once a week students come to Human Relations class and sit in a circle for Council. David Maron describes Council as “a talking circle, a ritualized space for sharing stories and listening.” Each session asks a question, and one by one, students offer their answers to that question. The person…

Plant Prints

Plant Prints

The native plant study in 7th grade connects two disciplines: while students focus on plant biology in science class with Cami, they also create visual representations of their plants in art class with Laura. After arranging plant specimens as they wished to draw them, students created a pencil sketch of…

Being Outside

Being Outside

Today the Window of the Week is about what we see when we look outside our own windows here at Hyla: lots of kids outside. Even as the weather begins to turn, they still want to be out there, enjoying the fresh air, undeterred by rain. During PE, they spread across…

Retreats

Retreats

6th Grade: With the 7th and 8th graders away on retreat, the 6th graders had all of Hyla to themselves – and they were busy! They built natural sculptures using materials from around campus to apply the philosophy and technique of Andy Goldsworthy. Returning to the beads they chose at…

PE at Hyla

PE at Hyla

PE at Hyla is off to a great start this fall. With new teacher, Cooper Rooks, the students are collaborating to celebrate their favorite games of the past while learning new activities and variations. Old favorites like Around the House, Ambush, and Hunger Games have been alternated with Speedball (soccer/touch rugby), variations of…

Math is Delicious!

Math is Delicious!

It’s not unusual for students to approach math teacher, Cindy Schacht, at the end of the school year looking for summer math work. Motivated by their own momentum in math, students often ask Cindy for suggestions on how to keep going over the summer months. Cindy recommends a range of…

All about Electives

All about Electives

On Friday, students signed up for their first elective classes of the year. Just glancing at the list of offerings, you get a sense of the fun – yoga, crime scene investigation, backpacking, collage, cycling, songwriting, and rock climbing, to name just a few. But electives are about a lot…