Middle School


Middle School Activities are optional and are scheduled on a trimester basis. Students are encouraged to pursue their interests and/or try something new. All Class VII students are required to participate in the VII Gilbert & Sullivan Rehearsals on Mondays at 3:20 pm All Class VIII students are required to work on the VIII Carnival planning and activities on Monday afternoons.

Activities Offered for Fall 2017:

(V & VI only) Wednesdays 3:00–4:00 p.m. 
(Maximum of 8 Students) 
The Community Service Club is committed to encouraging student involvement in activities that help people and communities. The goals are to foster compassion for others and to increase awareness of community needs. Service activities will take place both on school grounds and out in the community.
(Middle School newspaper)

Thursdays 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Join the staff of The Blue Skirt and create an exciting, lively newspaper. Report stories, conduct interviews, take photographs, draw cartoons, invent puzzles. Get a taste of the thrill of the newsroom and see your name in print!
(Maximum of 6 Students)

Mondays 3:20-4:20 p.m. or Thursdays 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Carpentry offers an opportunity to work and think in three dimensions. Design and construct your own projects using basic woodworking techniques while working with hand and power tools. Projects are limited only by your imagination, so bring your ideas!
(Maximum of 9 Students per class)

Mondays 3:20–4:20 p.m., Wednesdays 3:00-4:00 p.m. or Fridays 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Students will have the opportunity to learn a variety of hand-building techniques including pinching, slab and coils, in addition to learning basic wheel skills to create cups, bowls, plates, vases, boxes and more. They will paint and glaze pieces, as they learn different methods of decoration. There will be teacher-directed projects, or students may choose to work independently. All pottery will be fired and may be used in real life.
(Maximum 10 students)
Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 pm
Learn how to imagine and then actually make plastic creations with Brearley's 3D Printers! We will learn how to write computer programs and use 3D design software to create fidget spinners, vending-machine style toys, and whatever else you can imagine!
(VII-VIII Only) Fridays 3:00–4:00 p.m. 
(Maximum of 8 Students)
The Community Service Club is committed to encouraging student involvement in activities that help people and communities. The goals are to foster compassion for others and to increase awareness of community needs. Service activities will take place both on school grounds and out in the community.
VIII Drama
(VIII Only)

Mondays 3:30-5:00 p.m.
VIII Drama is an exciting capstone experience to the Middle School Drama Program. Through improv games, writing exercises, and ensemble work, the VIII Drama company devises an original script. Past productions have included scenes, monologues, songs, raps, dances, skits, and poetry. The ensemble performs their piece for the middle school in December, the week before winter break.
Mondays 3:20–4:20 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/ or Thursdays 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Need a nice, quiet space to work on your homework before going home? Would you like to have someone to ask quick questions? For a supervised study hall with computers right after school, join the Homework Club.
(Minimum of 4 Students to run program)
Beginning & Intermediate
Mondays 3:20-4:20, Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Learn to use the camera and, through experimentation with technical and artistic concepts, explore the challenges of photographic composition. Make your own photographic prints in the Darkroom. (Cameras Provided). (Class days may be subject to change depending on enrollment.)
(VI/VIII Only)

Mondays 3:20-4:20 p.m.
The Creative Writing Circle brings together Middle School writers (Grades VI - VIII) who are passionate about composing original poetry and fiction. We respond to imaginative writing prompts, study good models of writing, and share our work for one another's constructive comment.
(VI–VIII only, 10 students max.)

Thursdays 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Explore physical computing by designing, building, and programming original machines! Let's engineer robotic creations and bring them to life with Hummingbird kits, specialized Scratch programming blocks, and a variety of sensors and materials
(VI & VII only)

Tuesdays 3:00–3:40 p.m.
For those who love telling creative stories, performing dynamic characters and inventing hilarious scenes. Participants will explore comedy improvisation, scene and monologue acting, and play all the best theatre games.
Wednesdays 3:15–5:15 p.m. 
An opportunity for Middle School students to draw from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s permanent collections with alternating members of the Art Department. 
Occasional Printmaking based on Drawing at the Met sketches will be offered in the Art Department, 7A, 3-5:00. Participants will receive calendar after sign up.
On Met days: Students meet in lobby and taken to the museum by taxi. Parent pick up @ the museum’s 5th Ave staircase at 5:15.

(10 Students Maximum) 
Mondays 3:20–4:20 p.m. 
In LEGO Robotics, students will design, build and program LEGO EV3 robots, conduct research on an important global topic (to be announced in August 2017) and learn to follow FLL's core values of teamwork, gracious professionalism, and friendly competition. Students will complete a challenge designed by FIRST LEGO League, and have the option to participate in a competitive tournament with other teams from NYC. Through the program, students will hone their problem-solving skills and learn to code while working in a team environment and having fun. Brearley also offers an Upper School Robotics team through FIRST, offering MS students the opportunity to continue in the program.

(10 Students Maximum) 
Thursdays 3:00–4:00 p.m. 
This after school activity focuses on both traditional and innovative bookmaking techniques. In a relaxed and fun atmosphere, students design and craft their own journals, sketchbooks and more.


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