From the Middle School

Middle School Update
Diana Coyne, Middle School Division Head

Middle School students at Tuxedo Park School are bursting with talent, as witnessed by families and friends during our recent Middle School Talent Show and Grade 5 play. Students’ musical, dance, acting, and other performing arts skills and gifts were most impressive.

Our students will give us even more reasons to feel proud of at end of the month. Please join us for the Grade 4 Public Speaking contest and skit. We will meet in the primary school gymnasium on Friday, April 28th, to watch our finalists compete for the James T. Burger Public Speaking Plaque. Students who are not finalists will treat the audience to a skit that spotlights the many performance skills they developed this year.

TPS athletes take center stage this month, too. Grade 6 lacrosse players, along with the rest of the team, will play in many games in coming weeks. Please come out to cheer them to victory!

Middle School

Middle School at Tuxedo Park School consists of Grades 4 through 6 and is a transitional environment in which students go from a single classroom-based setting to a schedule with teacher and classroom changes throughout the day. Students ease into this shift; in Grade 4, students stay primarily in a classroom-based setting  and change classrooms and teachers for only a few courses each day. In Grades 5 and 6, students change classrooms and teachers for each course, while maintaining a homeroom and advisor as a touchstone. This intentional, gradual, and well-supported transition helps students develop the independence that will be required of them in Upper School and, ultimately, secondary school. Our teachers and advisors have strong relationships with their students, serving not only as educators but mentors.

Along with their increased independence, students in Middle School experience increased opportunities for leadership. The Student Leadership and Service Group is comprised of elected representatives from each grade level. This group plans events and community service opportunities which benefit not only the Tuxedo Park School community but the greater community outside the school environs.  
Academic disciplines in Middle School are often united by shared themes and interdisciplinary projects in order to illustrate to students that their classroom learning has real-world applications and relevance across topics. 

Character education is incorporated each morning during our advisory program and once weekly in our 45-minute advisory class. Topics discussed include responsibility, friendship, study skills, and organization.

Students engage with technology through classroom use of SmartBoards; there are also laptops, Chromebooks, and iPads available for student use. Our modern science lab gives students the opportunity to join technology with classroom knowledge and experience the scientific process first hand.
The Middle School is designed to allow students to gain independence gradually in a supportive and nurturing environment. Students learn to connect concepts across disciplines while making connections between classroom and real-world experiences.

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