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Taking STEPS for MD POC students

Natalie Sweet, Staff Writer

October 5, 2018

This Friday marks the kick-off of the second year of Deveraux Mackey’s (12) project called Students Together Empowering People of Color Successfully, otherwise known as STEPS. STEPS is a minority mentor program that pairs Middle Division (MD) students with an Upper Division (UD) mentor, as well a...

An inside look into HM Lead

Samuel Singer, Staff Writer

October 5, 2018

This year’s Middle Division (MD) student government program, HM Lead, seeks to build confident and efficient student leaders by encouraging the success of new initiatives under the leadership of new faculty members, MD history teacher and Student Activities Coordinator Catilin Hickerson said. “Th...

Almost play season: students audition for “Almost Maine”

Almost play season: students audition for “Almost Maine”

Emily Shi, Staff Writer

September 26, 2018

This week, students have begun preparing themselves as auditions begin for the Middle Division Winter Play, “Almost, Maine,” by John Cariani, which will be performed three times at the beginning of December. “I didn’t know this when I chose the play, but it’s actually one of the most wid...

Sixth graders to explore identity and social justice in new seminar

Nistha Sharma, Staff Writer

September 26, 2018

Starting next week, the sixth graders will partake in a semester-long course called Seminar on Identity (SOI), a new addition to their curriculum. The new course will replace the old Life Skills course, which has now been incorporated into advisory. SOI was first introduced two years ago to the 11th grade curr...

New School Year Marks Many Changes for Division

New School Year Marks Many Changes for Division

Edwin Jin, Staff Writer

September 12, 2018

Renovations are underway in Pforzheimer and Rose Hall has a newly decorated interior; the new look is representative of many administrative adjustments that will create a fresh start for the Middle Division next year. Head of School Dr. Thomas Kelly will replace Robin Ingram as Head of Middle Divi...

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with 13! Writer Jason Roberts Brown

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with 13! Writer Jason Roberts Brown

December 10, 2017

Jason Robert Brown is a Tony Award-winning composer, lyricist, and playwright. He wrote the music and lyrics for “13: The Musical,” the Broadway show starring an all-teenager cast and band which the Middle Division is performing this week. Megumi Iwai-Louie (7) had the chance to discuss the musical...

Middle schoolers star in… 13! The Musical

Middle schoolers star in… 13! The Musical

Julia Robbins

December 10, 2017

Laughs follow accidental kisses, singing Rabbis, and love triangle drama in 13! The Musical, this year’s MD production. The musical focuses on a 13 year old boy named Evan Goldman, played by Matthew Aponte (8), who moves from New York City to the Midwest, Director Benjamin Posner said. “He has...

Red team triumphs in Middle Mania dodgeball tournament

Edwin Jin

December 3, 2017

Looming over the atrium in Rose Hall are giant, painted banners that signify the beginning of the annual Middle Mania competition. Middle Mania, which culminates in a day of competition in the spring, also includes events during the school year. Two weeks ago, the entire Middle Division gathered for...

Sixth graders explore astronomy at Museum of Natural History

Sixth graders explore astronomy at Museum of Natural History

Abigail Salzhauer

December 3, 2017

This past Thursday the sixth grade visited the Natural History Museum’s Rose Planetarium to enrich their knowledge of meteors and astronomy. They were able to begin touring the museum before it was open to the public, Middle Division science teacher Jodi Hill said. In the classroom, the sixth graders...

Nichols shares research on executive function with parents

Nichols shares research on executive function with parents

Gabby Kepnes and Abigail Goldberg

December 3, 2017

Two weeks ago, Middle Division psychologist Dr. Christina Nichols and Riverdale Country School psychologist Christina Young presented their recently published book about executive function at a coffee hour with Head of the Middle Division Robin Ingram. The hour was a time for parents to listen and ask...

Eighth graders take theater games class at Black Box Theatre

Eighth graders take theater games class at Black Box Theatre

November 18, 2017

This Thursday, the eighth graders participated in a Theatre Games class in the Black Box Theatre. Theatre teachers Ben Posner and Alexis Dahl co-teach the class, which is actually based on a theatrical concept called “TheatreSports” invented by Keith Johnstone. Johnstone developed the concept of...

Middle Division students explore different cultures at the annual International Food Festival

Middle Division students explore different cultures at the annual International Food Festival

Jeren Wei

November 18, 2017

MD students gathered in the atrium this Wednesday to experience the diverse cultures of school at the Middle Division International Food Festival (MDIFF). Co-Chairs of the event Jacqui Weidman P ‘24, Cathy Trentalancia P’ 23, and Nancy Pretsfelder P ‘22 said that the event was a celebratory experience...

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