Middle schoolers' lives are full of dynamic experiences with an ever-shifting understanding of themselves, relationships and the world around them. To achieve deep academic engagement and transfer of knowledge from one discipline to another, they need equally exciting and varied experiences to spark their interest and curiosity. To help our 6th graders develop a strong connection to the novel Forest of Wonders by award-winning author Linda Sue Park, English teacher Ms. Steppe looked to our science teachers to construct an apothecary lab where literature and science meet.
This August, Severn's class of 2026 began the journey through middle school with their 7th and 8th-grade peers just a few steps ahead. They have spent their entire lives in a world where we make online connections without a second thought. We want to make sure our middle schoolers value connections of a different sort — connections to each other, their sense of self, and to the natural world. With that goal in mind, we start the year by heading to the Eastern Shore to push boundaries, learn teamwork and perseverance, and strengthen the bonds of our community.
Wednesday’s promotion ceremony marked an important milestone for the class of 2023. Attended by supportive parents, faculty and friends, the event reflected both the heartfelt sincerity and togetherness we have grown to love in this class. In his well-prepared and expertly delivered speech, 8th-grade President Konner Smith ‘23 remarked, “In a way, middle school has been a warm up for a much bigger game — the next four years of high school as well as the game of life. Our warm ups over the last three years have not only been worthwhile and needed, but filled with laughter, challenges and memories.”
For the first year, our Middle School offered Girls Who Code as an elective for 7th and 8th graders. Suggested by Lilly Baker ‘23 who heard about the program through her family, this elective teaches basic computer coding principles within the framework of a larger goal or purpose. The inaugural Girls Who Code class chose the theme “Bettering Ourselves: Mental Health and How to Improve It” to frame each of their projects. This elective is about more than just learning to code. It’s about working together to make a positive difference in each other’s lives and the greater community.