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Middle School Open House

Join us on Sunday, October 27 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

Our Middle School Open House is designed for students and parents to experience our school and learn more about our curriculum and approach as well as how to apply for Admission and Financial Aid. 

The afternoon is an opportunity to meet Head of School Mark Stanek and Middle School Head Krista Demas.  We'll also offer student and parent panels. To learn more about our Central Subject approach and see what a project-based curriculum looks like, you will have the chance to meet current students, parents, and teachers and see displays of student work.

After a short welcome and group presentation, you can choose a mini-class to attend. (See the samples below.) Our faculty has designed these workshops as a way for you to learn more about how we teach. 

The event follows a structured program, so please plan to arrive on time.  We pack a lot into this two-hour event. But you will leave with a good sense of why so many students choose to join our Middle School! 

Please use this Middle School Open House RSVP Form or email us at admission@shs.org to RSVP!

NOTE: RSVPs help us plan and make your registration faster but are not required. 

Here is a sampling of mini-classes that may be offered at our Open House.   

  • How Nothing Becomes Something  How did the clothespin get its hinge? How did the coffee mug get its handle? We'll create our own answers by developing creation myths in the style of African folk tales. Be ready to improvise and get creative!
  • Ode to Oreos  Do you nibble or chomp? Do you twist off the tops or dunk into milk? Come and explore the delights of Oreos and poetry in this delicious workshop.
  • #simplepleasurespoetry  Before there were 140 characters in a tweet, there were limitless lines and succinct stanzas in a poem. In this workshop, we will both read and write a poem to capture a moment that brings you great joy: the first snow, sleeping in on a Saturday, sipping hot chocolate with whipped cream, jumping off the dock, finishing a book, scoring a goal. Come and enjoy the simple pleasures of pencil, paper, and poetry in our Library. No network connection necessary! 
  • The 50 Greatest Inventions Since the Wheel  Come and debate what have been some of man's most important inventions of the past 8,000 years. We will brainstorm what could be on this list and then debate which of these inventions has changed the fortunes of mankind the most. Have recent inventions such as the cell phone and computer had a greater impact than earlier breakthroughs like the abacus or the compass? Make your own list and then see if we can come to consensus on the top three inventions since the wheel.  
  • See-Saws, Merry-Go-Rounds, and Slides  Have you ever wondered why we use doorknobs to open doors, hammers to pound nails, or bottle openers to open fancy sodas? Behind each of these miraculous inventions lies the power of see-saws, merry-go-rounds and slides. After this session, you may never see a pencil sharpener the same way again!  
  • Do-It-Yourself Flashlight  Use LEGO parts and aluminum foil to design and build your own hand-crank flashlight. Can you create a crank and reflector that will produce as bright a light as possible? Test the effectiveness of your design using a light sensor and data-logging software.
  • Learn Mandarin through Calligraphy  Nihao, xiexie & zaijian! Come and talk in Mandarin. We will explore the beauty of the language through calligraphy writing and making stories with Chinese characters. No experience necessary!  
  • Celebrate Dia de los Muertos and Learn Spanish  Come and learn about the "Day of the Dead" (Dia de los Muertos) celebration through cognates and cartoons. Learn to speak Spanish in a fun and interactive way! 
  • Pentominoes  The emphasis of this geometry activity is on informal, concrete experience, not on the symbolic and formal definitions that are the focus in many textbooks. Pentominoes calls on a different kind of reasoning than is needed for numerical tasks. Students who do not consider themselves to be good math students often enjoy success in these kinds of spatial experiences. There are two aspects to this activity. One is searching for possible arrangements of squares — a geometric visualization task. The other is deciding when all possible arrangements have been found, which requires the use of logical reasoning.  
  • Math Ex2ploration  Become a "Math Ex2plorer" while developing powerful connections between numbers! We will focus on one aspect of number theory, which will demonstrate how we strengthen skills in a fun and engaging way.  
  • Print it!  Come and explore relief print-making. In the Art Studio, you will learn how to print many interesting objects using carved rubber, different tools, miscellaneous objects, and a giant press. Join us and find out how!
Clicking on an image below will take you to a detailed description of that particular grade's curriculum.

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