Upper School Day Trips

Even within our tight-knit school community of students, staff and families, there are smaller communities where relationships are fostered and meaningful connections are made, including classroom and divisional communities. As the oldest students in the school, the 6th-8th Graders who make up our Upper School community are in a position of leadership, looked up to by all the students in the Lower School. That’s one of the reasons we are intentional about ensuring the division has an opportunity to establish a sense of cohesion at the beginning of the year by participating in activities with fellow students another across grade levels, outside of the regular school day.

Last week, Upper Schoolers engaged in this work over the course of two consecutive day trips. The first, to Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, centered around introductory activities and team-building challenges, with students organized into five mixed-grade groupings. On Day 2, students traveled to Boundless Adventures, where they reconvened with the same groups to tackle elaborate ropes courses, relying on their group members to offer suggestions and support as they navigated each course element.

Back at school later in the week, students returned to their mixed-grade groupings to reflect on the experience of the trips during Community Meeting. They discussed what it was like to meet and collaborate with new people, to need and receive help – and the moments they felt most supported. The notes from these discussions will form the basis for the Upper School Social Contract, a set of shared goals and guidelines for behavior among all 6th-8th Graders. Once finalized, the Social Contract will be signed by every student in the Upper School and displayed for reference by all members of the Upper School community.

Once finalized, the Social Contract will be signed by every student in the Upper School and displayed for reference by all members of the Upper School community.