Following up on Wednesday's parent Preview Night, last week Grade 8 students had the opportunity to get a taste of Upper School life for themselves, as they spent the morning in the Upper School learning about Grade 9, visiting ninth grade classes, and hearing from Upper School students about academics, classes, life, activities and more.
The morning began in the Pace Lecture Hall with a brief introduction by Head of Upper School Mary Virginia Fisher, followed by Q&A with a panel of Upper School students from various grades. Students on the panel engage in a variety of different activities, focus areas, and interests so gave a diverse perspective of the many opportunities that await Grade 8 students next year.
"The goal of this morning is to really give Grade 8 students an idea of what's to come for them next year," said Head of Upper School Mary Virginia Fisher, "to allay any fears they might have, and to help them begin to plan the Grade 9 course selection process which will begin early next year. And of course, we want them to look forward to all the wonderful opportunities to come for them in Upper School!"
Next, Grade 8 students broke out into groups and visited math, English, history, and biology classes to learn about what Upper School courses will be like next year. Grade 9 students offered suggestions focused on time management, communication with teachers, organization, and, perhaps above all-- sleep! -- and discussed what to expect in each class as far as course work, homework, time commitment, and topics. Grade 8 students met the teachers and asked questions about whether or not they should take geometry over the summer, what an English track projection looks like throughout Upper School, and which math courses are available.
After four 20 minute courses packed with helpful information and tips, Grade 8 students reconvened in the Pace Lecture Hall for pizza and to chat about College Counseling, clubs, the arts, languages, and more.
The Course Selection Guide will be available early next year, and Mrs. Fisher anticipates beginning on rising freshmen scheduling later in the spring. Stay tuned for more information!