We may only be one week in, but the Middle School is certainly off to a great start! It may take a try or two, but the Middle School students are really getting the hang of their locker combinations and navigating the new schedule like seasoned pros. The addition of Community Block has allowed our students to join new clubs and activities, but some students are still reluctant to step outside their comfort zone and try something new. In the upcoming weeks during Advisory, we will be working on goal-setting for the year and coaching our students to explore the opportunities offered through Community Block as a way to educate their hearts. The Middle School team looks forward to all of the great things our Middle School family can accomplish together this year.
The Gilmour Academy Middle School Bridge Builders Program
Returning to the GA Middle School for the 19-20 school year, the Bridge Builders Program is designed as a way for our students and faculty to consistently and publicly recognize the positive contributions made to the GA Middle School family. Connected to the mission of Gilmour Academy and rooted in our Holy Cross charisms, the Bridge Builders Program allows us to celebrate acts of kindness, hospitality and inclusiveness that take place on a regular basis, but might otherwise go unnoticed.
Whether it is inviting someone new to sit with you at lunch, forgiving someone who has strained a relationship, or welcoming a visitor or guest, making an effort to treat others with dignity and respect is deserving of recognition.
Students and faculty can nominate a good deed performed by a student, teacher or staff member and nominate them via the link on the Middle School portal, or by scanning the QR code posted around the Middle School. Once nominated, a ‘brick’ with the Bridge Builder’s name and good deed are added to the bridge in the Middle School Rotunda. For every brick a student receives on the bridge, a red ticket with their name will be placed into a bowl. Each Wednesday, we will draw one name, and the winner will have their picture posted on the Bridge for the week. Additionally, they will receive a prize and their name will appear in this weekly newsletter. As a Middle School family, if we can extend the bridge across the Rotunda wall, the entire Middle School will receive a pizza party!