Mixed-age groupings are a hallmark of our school community, and Family Groups and Circles are a long-time tradition.
At the start of the school year, each Middle School student becomes a Family Group leader, assigned three or four younger students to work with and mentor. For example, an eighth grader might lead a Family Group consisting of a fifth grader, a third grader, and a kindergartener.
Throughout the year, Family Groups get together – often within a larger group of teachers and students called a Family Circle – to have lunch together, attend assemblies together, and to work and play together on school-wide activities.
Last Friday was the first gathering of Family Circles. Assigned to the same classroom throughout the year and the same teachers, the children took part in a variety of activities related to our all-school theme for the year – Myths and Fables. Said Emily Marston, Middle School Division Director and long-time theme maven, "What a treat it was to walk through the classrooms and see wonderful get-to-know-you activities, fascinating myth and fable sharing, and art work galore."
Mixed-age groupings are not only a way for students to meet other children across the grades, but they also allow students to work closely with teachers from other classrooms. Seeing the care and enthusiasm with which our older students mentor their young charges is a delight!