• A Day in the Life of an Middle School Student
    by Vivian Borbash, Hannah Greene, and Claire Wayner

    Technically, the school day begins at 8:15 a.m., but most people are already at school by 8:00 a.m. (If you play in one of the three school bands or in the orchestra, you get to school even earlier for rehearsal – 7:45 a.m.!) The morning is a good time to socialize outside of our classes, so we don’t waste a minute. At 8:15, our house principal lets us into the building and we head to homeroom, a short period to let our homeroom teacher take attendance, make announcements, and allow us a little more time to socialize. It also gives students until 8:30 to arrive at school.        In the morning, we have two 70 minute periods before lunch. For me, those are math with Mrs. Schwartz and science with Mrs. Bacon. Then, at 10:50 a.m., we have lunch. This does seem early, but your body adjusts to it, and I’m already hungry by then. During lunch, we usually sit with our homeroom class at a group of tables. There are eight classes in each grade, so there are eight groups of tables. Occasionally, we have Sit with Your Buddy Day, which our grade earns depending on how good we have been throughout the week. During Sit with Your Buddy, you can eat lunch and socialize with friends that are not in your homeroom. Lunch lasts about 30 minutes.

    My next period is Special Area Resource (SPAR) – a really fancy name for classes like music, theater, art, gym, and foreign language. You get two SPAR classes each semester, which operate on an A Day/B Day schedule: on an A day, we have one SPAR, and on a B day, we have the other SPAR. These SPAR classes are assigned to you in 6th and 7th grades, but in 8th grade, you get to choose your SPAR. Foreign language is mandatory in 7th and 8th grades (it’s not offered in 6th), and you get to choose between Spanish and French. It sounds way more confusing than it actually is. My SPAR classes last semester were theater and Spanish, and this semester they are physical education and Spanish.

    SPAR lasts for 70 minutes, and after that, we have two more 70-minute periods. My last two periods are language arts with Miss Gallagher and social studies with Mrs. Richardson. After the last period, at 3:00 p.m., our principal, Mr. D’Ambrosio, reads the Middle School announcements, which can be about anything from sports team and play tryouts to special event news.

    When announcements are over, we are dismissed from school – but many kids stay for after-school activities. There are lots of sports teams, such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, lacrosse and track. And there are a ton of clubs: Robotics, Anime, Strategy Games, Environmental, Knitting & Crocheting…to name a few! Of course, you might be in the cast or crew of the fall or spring Middle School musical, so you rehearse after school twice a week. Some students volunteer after school in the library for service learning credit, and others attend an organized after-care program called Fitness, Fun & Games.

    There’s always something going on at RPEMS!