Meet the Middle School Students

 

Meet Andres


7:45-8:15 Before School
- Exploratory & Clubs
Every morning before school starts, there are clubs and extra help. On Wednesday morning, I go to Round Square with Mr. Glick and Mrs. Pereyra. Mr. Glick is the Director of Student Life and he is in charge of Round Square. Mrs. Pereyra teaches 8th grade Spanish. Saint Andrew’s is a Round Square School and I’m part of the Middle School Round Square club. The club emphasized applying mainly 6 IDEALS in school and in life. The IDEALS are internationalism, democracy, environmentalism, adventure, leadership, and service. Each week we discuss what we can do to investigate, explore, and take action within these IDEALS.

1st Period (A) - Science
Science with Mr. Bello is a lot of fun. One interesting activity involved using model kits to see how different compounds and elements look. I am excited for the spring STEAM/Design project when I will build a hurricane proof house out of recycled materials. 

2nd Period (B) - English
Ms. Moylan is my seventh grade English teacher. We have a lot of fun in our class and I definitely learn so much! We have been working on essays and research about a topic that is related to technology. For my topic, I chose “online privacy” and in my essay, I have researched information about the causes, effects, and ways to keep online accounts safe. Ms. Moylan, Mrs. Martin-Gull, and Mrs. Bricineo help me find resources that are reliable and this helps me get the best information for my project.

10:10-10:25 - Advisory/Snack
I have 15 minutes to go to my advisory class, check-in with my Advisor, Ms. Moylan, get my books from my locker for my next two classes, and eat a snack. On some days, as a member of the Honor Council, I work at the school’s Snack Shop. Honor Council members are responsible for planning assemblies and chapel speeches to promote the importance of honor in the Middle School. In addition, on occasion, I am asked to serve as an Ambassador for the Middle School and act in a support role, hosting visitors and providing tours as needed. 

3rd Period (C) - Art/PE
Art and PE switch off every day. In Art with Mrs. Dejo, we are working with different mediums to make a sculpture of a myth. The cool thing about this project is that I create my own myth based on my heritage and culture. In PE with Coach Hart, we are working on our summative project, which is creating a personalized workout and diet.

4th Period (D) - Math
I am in 7th Honors math with Mrs. Potts-Hawk. We have just finished chapter 4 in our textbook and we learned algebraic, expressions and equalities. Mrs. Potts-Hawk always gives me time to practice math problems, and even get a head start on my homework at the end of class.   

5th Period (E) - Advanced Band
I play the flute in Advanced Band. Mrs. Wolgin is the Band Director and the flute section teacher. Advanced Band is a class with many of the best players in the Middle School. I am currently learning a solo for my trip to India with Round Square. 

12:15-1:30 - Lunch Block
Lunch block is made up of three 25 minute periods, and the periods rotate three times a year. Right now, 7th graders have our Activity period first. Activity is like a recess time and it lasts until 12:40. During Activity, there are so many options. I like to take walks with my friends, but I can also stop by Scots Spot, which is a quiet place to get homework help with Ms. Ellerstein and Ms. Hinkins. At 12:40, I have 25 minutes to read independently. On Tuesday and Thursday, we have advisory and we talk about kindness and our community. We eat lunch at 1:05, but we switch to having lunch at 12:15 in the last trimester, and we started with lunch at 12:40 in the first trimester.

6th Period (F) - Global Issues 
Social studies is called global issues in 7th grade. In Global Issues, I have weekly assignments to research and write a summary about the current event of my choosing. I am a member of the Middle School Model United Nations club (MSMUN) and Mrs. Voguit inspires me to be more aware of issues that the world faces so that I can apply my knowledge to my work as a Middle School delegate at conferences. 

7th Period (G) - French
My French class is with Madame Anthony. Right now I am memorizing a poem in French for a Poetry Jam that will occur later in the year. It is a small class so I get so much individual feedback and support with my French. Français est très amusant! 

After School Activity - Dance
After school, I attend an Indian Dance class. I study Bharatanatyam, which is a complex type of traditional Indian Dance.  Often, I am invited to perform my dances for the entire Middle School after our chapel services on Wednesdays. 
 
 

Meet Matthew


7:50-7:55 am – Arrival
After a 20-minute commute, I get dropped off and dart off to my locker. I put my backpack in my bottom locker and then I am off to my first class!
 
8:00-8:45 am – Science
I arrive at Ms. O’Connell Science class and we get started on our biology homework since we have a test on Monday. One of my favorite moments in this class was when we learned how to plan out an experiment and my group, featuring Reid, Justin, and Jordan, got to plan out a sports game called  ‘Ball Frenzy.’ Ms. O’Connell is a great teacher and is always organized…she gives us so many options to learn the material – study guide, online quiz, web sites etc…
 
8:50-9:35 am – Spanish
In Spanish class with Senora Aramendia, we are working on a Spanish dialogue video about going on a trip Spain. My partners are Nicole and Fiona. We get to use iMovie and there is a dual part to the project – the travel part to Spain and the activities once we arrive in Madrid. This class is so handy to take since we live in South Florida where so much Spanish is spoken.
 
9:40-9:50 am – Homeroom
Once we arrive in homeroom with Ms. Potts-Hawk, we eat snacks, go over announcements, and hand in the Red-Reef field trip form.  In a week, we are going snorkeling at Red-Reef in order to prepare us for the class trip to the Keys.
 
9:55-10:40 am – English
In Ms. Steinberg’s class we do a lot of fun writing assignments. Today, we are working on writing a letter to an author of our choice as part of a national literature contest. I picked Afrika by Colleen Craig. I want to get my letter done quickly so I can send it out today. I can’t wait to see if I make it to the finals for the contest!
 
10:45-11:30 am – Band
I walk over to Andrews Hall for Band class with Mr. Stancampiano. Once class starts we start preparing for upcoming concert, including playing festive season songs– for  Christmas around the world. I play the French Horn, which is something I have done since 4th Grade. Our entire band goes to cool competitions, where we have to do site reading with little prep. It’s a lot of pressure but we do well usually. Last year we got two ‘Excellents’ ratings and a ‘Superior’ rating.
 
11:35-12:20 am – History
After Band, I head back to the Middle School for History class with Mr. Rivera. Today, for that class, I am working on a small group project on the topic of slavery. My partners are Reid and Kade. We get to create, explore, and answer our own questions concerning slavery. We have two weeks to work on the project and will probably deliver our presentation through Keynote on a Macbook Air.
 
12:25 am -12:55 pm – Lunch
Lunch is a great time to grab some hot food and sit with my friends – Justin, Reid, Nathan, Kade, Jeremy, Parker, Andrew, and Tucker. We like to talk about our fantasy football and basketball leagues.
 
1:00-1:45 pm – Art
After finishing lunch, I head to Ms. Dejo’s art class. Today, each person in class is supposed to choose and research a painting and artist of our choice. I choose Open Window at Collioure by Henry Mattise. The tough part for me is recreating the painting since I’m colorblind. Mixing colors is really hard. I just try my best though.
 
1:50-2:50 pm – Math
Today in Mrs. Potts-Hawk math class we get to work on a project with ciphers and codes. It is so much fun making secret codes! For my code, since I love football I am using all the NFL team logos to create a secret alphabet. Pretty cool!
 
2:55-3:10 pm – Extra Help
Extra help is always a good time to meet with a teacher if you don’t understand something in class.
 
3:15-4:15 pm – After-School Football
Under Coach Kilpatrick we are currently 5-2 and League Champions. I play wide –receiver since I am pretty good with my hands. During practice, we do a lot of training and conditioning. It’s a great experience to be part of a winning team!
 

Meet Emily


7:20-7:25 am – Arrival
After I get dropped off, I walk over to meet with the Round Square Leadership Action Council (RSLAC) with Ms Haynes and Mr. Glick. RSLAC focuses on service and this week we are talking about a volunteer project for the Florence Fuller Children’s Center here in Boca Raton.
 
8:00-8:45 am – English
In Mr. Martin’s class, we get to pick our individual topics for our project on ‘controversial topics.’ I picked the national debate on ‘same-sex marriage.’ I know one other student who picked the national discussion on whether college athletes should be paid or not. I think this class is very interesting. Mr. Martin is very passionate about the English language!
 
8:50-9:35 am – Honors Math
After English, I walk over to Math class with Coach Fred. What’s cool about the class is that it is a ‘flipped classroom.’ So we work on homework in class and watch the lectures online at night. That makes it easier for me to learn since I can play the online lectures as many times as I need to do until I really get it.
 
9:40-9:50 am – Homeroom
Lucky for me I have Coach Fred for homeroom so I don’t have to change classrooms after Math. Homeroom is so fun because I can catch up with some of my friends….and since today is Monday we get snacks. We also do a teamwork exercise called ‘ball game.’ It’s pretty interactive and creative!
 
9:55-10:40 am – PE
In PE class, Coach Tobey and Coach Howey meet us in the gym and we continue to learn about taking care of ourselves –with exercise and nutrition. We get to use the equipment – treadmills and the weights. I like working out because it helps me get in shape for soccer season!
 
10:45-11:30 am – Strings
 It’s time for Strings class with Ms. De Los Santos. She is so professional and she makes us professional! I really like this class since we get to play challenging pieces, which makes us better. I have been playing the violin since I was in Kindergarten. It’s great being part of an orchestra…there is a lot of teamwork and creativity and it’s really cool to play with my classmates.
 
11:35-12:05 am – Lunch
It’s now lunchtime and I like the food a lot. I’m not a picky eater…I eat everything. I go to the hot bar and usually get rice, chicken, vegetables and a salad. I then sit with my friends – Olivia, Alex, Clhoe, Lizzie, Milana, Allison, Morgan, and Lucia so we can catch up on things.
 
12:10 PM -12:55 pm – Honors Science
I like Science with Mrs. Bogalski because she is really funny and makes learning fun. Today we had to apply the concept of density to real life. I chose ‘Gold Fraud’ so I have to work with my friends Jessica, Grace, and Alex on comparing fake gold vs. real gold. It’s fun collaborating with my friends!
 
1:00-1:45 pm – U.S. History
After Science I move to History class with Mrs. Mulligan. What I like about the class is how Mrs. Mulligan takes history and applies it to the present day. For example – we just put together our own Shark Tank using old inventions. I did a Janney Car Coupler. We had to act like the inventor, which was cool. It took a lot of research. At the end of class Mrs. Mulligan puts on the CNN weekly student news for us to watch.
 
1:50-2:50 pm – Spanish
Time for Español with Senora Shepherd. She is so sweet! Today we are working on our vocabulary by creating an imaginary school that runs on our own rules. In my imaginary school I made up the rule that students ‘must read 20 minutes a day,’ which translates to ‘Hay que leer viente minutos cada día.’
 
2:55-3:25 pm – Extra Help
For extra help today, I go to Science first to go over some of the concepts and questions I had during the school day. After I get done with Science, I stop by Math class and do homework and go over other problems. This way I know if I missed something or if I have any questions.
 
3:30-5:30 pm – Middle School Girls Soccer
Coach Blum and Mr. Martin are the coaches and we have a good team. I have been playing soccer for 8 years now and my position is mid-field. Our team travels and plays at different schools throughout the county. I really like the van rides so I can hang out with my teammates and listen to music. It’s cool having your school friends be your teammates!

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