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Open Hearts & Open Minds

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Ethical Education in the Middle School

Middle schoolers practice ethical decision-making in the classroom, on athletic fields, and in the larger community. Encouraging students to take responsibility for their behavior is at the heart of the Middle School’s philosophy.

Teachers weave ethics education throughout their curricula, classroom management, and guidance in student problem-solving.

Curriculum

During the Middle School years, students are grouped in supportive grade-level advisories, where they build on social and emotional competencies through hands-on activities. As part of health education, students explore how family, peers, religion, and culture shape moral codes, and they learn to articulate their own. Role-playing teaches students how to recognize inappropriate behaviors and how to intervene with peers.

Chapel

Monthly chapel gatherings broaden understanding of world religions by introducing specific practices, philosophies, beliefs, and observances. Students practice mindfulness techniques to help manage strong emotions, express gratitude, and be reflective about personal goals.

Community Engagement

Students address larger community issues through integrated service learning. Recent projects have included work with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the Horizonte School, the Homeless Youth Resource Center, Sunnyvale Community Center, Choice International, Crossroads Urban Center, and Ouelessebougou-Utah Alliance. Student-initiated projects are encouraged and individual advisories take on service projects such as IRC's Light One Candle and seasonal food drives.

Inclusion

Week-long class trips put students in situations where they must be accountable for their own well being and that of a larger group. In addition, participation in sports enables commitment and leadership. Coaches reinforce what good sportsmanship means for athletes and fans.

Digital Footprint

Middle School students use iPads and email accounts for schoolwork and are expected to be responsible for their digital footprint. They continue to practice the T.H.I.N.K. test (is a statement true, helpful, inspiring, necessary, and kind?) to determine whether their online communications are thoughtful and considerate.

Ethical Education

Rowland Hall strives to graduate good citizens, not just students well-prepared for college. Concepts such as character, service, ethics, and community matter here. From the earliest grades through senior year, we stress the need to lead by example and have a positive influence on the lives of others.

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