• Brearley
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 2018:

(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 8 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)

Wednesdays 3:00-4:00 p.m. or Fridays (V/VI only) 2:30–3:30 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 6 students)
Thursdays 3:00-4:00 pm
Learn how to imagine and then actually make plastic creations with Brearley's 3D Printers! We will use various tools to create, and print, vending-machine style toys and whatever else you can imagine!
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.
Beginning & Intermediate
Tuesday, 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).
Tuesday, 3:00-4:00pm 

In Robotics, students will design, build and program robots, conduct research on an important global topic, and learn to follow core values of teamwork, gracious professionalism, and friendly competition. Students will attempt to complete an official challenge, 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, offering MS students the opportunity to continue in the program.
(V–VIII only, 10 students max.)

Mondays 3:20–4:20 p.m.
Come learn one of the most ancient crafts practiced around the world! Make a Native American Wampum belt. Be inspired by traditional African Kente cloth. Or design a tapestry. Using paper, beads and yarn, we will explore different kinds of weaving, using looms made from clay, cardboard or branches.
(VI only)

Tuesdays 3:00–4:00 p.m.
This activity will give students in grade VI a unique opportunity to hone their improvisational skills through games, exercises, and other forms of creative play. Students in Improv 101 will work on collaborating, creating physicality, and exploring character. The course will culminate in the students writing short original pieces. Practicing improv is one of the most fun and productive ways for young students to build a strong theatrical foundation.
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 Grades VI-VIII) 
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.

(10 Students Maximum) 
Thursday 3:00–4:00 p.m. 
Explore digital photography and photoshop. Bring your own camera or smart phone or use a school camera. All levels welcomed. 


Mondays 3:30–5:00 p.m. (Class VIII only)
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.


(7 students maximum)
Tuesdays from 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm at 80th Street Residence (Class VII/VIII only)
The Sweet Readers programs are comprised of six weekly one-hour sessions during which one Brearley student and one Browning student partner with a senior citizen to explore and create art, music, poetry and movement in an intimate group setting. The Sweet Readers Method gives students a box of tools such as basic science knowledge, human engagement training, an arts based curricula facilitated by a trained Brearley faculty member. We will offer four program cycles throughout the year.  
Program Cycle 1: October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27


Wednesdays 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Explore the beautiful language of ASL. Build basic vocabulary, practice the manual alphabet, and develop skills for communication.


Tuesdays, 7:30, Thursdays, 12:05 and Fridays, 12:50
The Middle School Orchestra, directed by Mr. Aiken, welcomes woodwinds, strings, brass and percussion players who enjoy making music with their peers. These student musicians receive instruction in sectionals and rehearsals by Brearley's Instrumental Faculty, who assist at each of the group's three weekly practice sessions.The repertory ranges from classical to Jazz and popular selections. Several times a year, the Middle School Orchestra performs at Brearley in both assemblies and orchestral concerts. Since 2008, The Middle School Orchestra has also participated four times in the triennial event, A Festival of Orchestras, at Carnegie Hall.


The ensemble rehearses on Tuesdays from 12:50 - 1:20. In addition, one 40-minute afterschool rehearsal per week is required and can be chosen from Tuesday (3:00 - 3:40); Wednesday (3:00 - 3:40) or Friday (2:10 - 2:50 or 3:00 - 3:40).
Middle School Singers is a wonderful chorus open to all students in grades V - VIII. Middle School Singers explores and performs a diverse body of choral music, including Renaissance; Classical; modern pop; Broadway; gospel, and including choral music and vocal traditions from all over the world. Singers performs often at major Brearley events and outside of school at The Interschool Choral Festival. Rehearsals are joyful, relaxed, and fun.


Rehearsal time: TBA.
The Brearley Early music ensemble explores the music composed during the Renaissance and baroque periods. The core of the ensemble is made up of string instruments (violins, violas, and celli), but we enthusiastically invite wind players who play the instruments that were prevalent during these periods. The ensemble concentrates on adapting historical performance practices associated with period instruments as well as building proficiency in sight reading and technical facility while enjoying the camaraderie of playing chamber music together.


Rehearsal time: TBA.
The Recorder ensemble provides players with an opportunity to explore the part music written for recorder consort during the renaissance period and early baroque as well as contemporary music arranged for the instruments. The ensemble works on building proficiency in sight reading and technical facility while enjoying the camaraderie of playing together.


Tuesdays 12:50
MS Jazz is an ensemble which allows students to learn jazz standards and blues arrangements. Open to all instruments, this group gives students the opportunity to learn about improvising and allows them to create their own songs. The jazz ensemble prepares for two performances throughout the school year.


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