FSH Middle School Lingo
Our Friends School Haverford Middle School is unique! We practice being the most effective students in the classroom and inclusive friends in our community. Check out our Middle School lingo that was created by our very own students!
What is it? A place to gather, organize, plan, and develop a sense of community, a “home base” to settle into the day; A faculty advisor and advisees join for conversation
What does it look like? Organizing routines that include putting away lunch, gathering computer, noting dismissal routine, etc.
ASA (After School Activity)
What is it? Activity choices (horseback riding, ice skating, rock climbing, Dungeons and Dragons, etc.) that occur after school within the Extended Day program
What does it look like? A teacher or coach sharing with students in a preferred activity
What is it? A school period on Friday afternoons when students in grades 5 – 8 have opportunities to choose activity offerings (Spider Web, Game Club, Book Club, Cooking, Chorus, etc.)
What does it look like? Having fun, discussions, hands-on activities!
What is it? A period every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon when students and teachers have opportunities to discuss assignments, projects, choose a topic of interest to share about, plan an Independent Study project, organize and preview material, etc.
What does it look like? Students and teachers working together in an individualized manner
What is it? Activity period for seventh and eighth graders who work together to create an “output” from a variety of choices (Woodworking, Audio, Print Making, Lego Lego)
What does it look like? Students creating projects with peers and a teacher
What is it? A virtual site where teachers post assignments, resources, and announcements for their class; Students can return assignments electronically
What does it look like? See https://classroom.google.com
Independent Study Project
What is it? Opportunity for students to research and explore a topic of interest with a mentor teacher; Process can take place during conference period and after school; Written report, presentation to audience, visual display or performance
What does it look like? Student and teacher working together
What is it? A classroom space to work on independent, partner, or small group work and share in conversation; An area where games, learning tools, and computes are stored
What does it look like? Comfortable gathering space
What is it? Eating in grade teams (5/6 and 7/8) and sharing a delicious meal Wednesday and Thursday are Community Lunch days
What does it look like? Quiet conversation while friends join for meal time
What is it? A setting when students in Grades 7 and 8 can practice and perform rhythmic music in Kwaya Marimba
What does it look like? Students concentrating on individual parts; Opportunities to perform “gigs” in school and community performances
What is it? A time before lunch to play games, draw, talk with friends, get some fresh air, play sports
What does it look like? Running, climbing, and other activities while engaging with other middle school students
What is it? An opportunity to give back to the community and help others
What does it look like? Students assisting in Heritage House, helping specific teachers, assisting with the care of the aquariums, helping Chef Allie with lunch preparations, etc…
What is it? Areas of the building that we all use together (hallways, bathrooms, stairways)
What does it look like? Acting as stewards to the FSH community (quiet voices, mindful walking)
What is it? Students are able to participate in three sports seasons; Options include soccer, cross country, basketball, softball, and tennis (or other athletic program at home) and take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3 – 5 pm; Athletic opportunities that encourage active and healthy experiences
What does it look like? Getting together with teammates to cooperate, sweat, and have fun!
Curricular Related Trips
What is it? Opportunities to visit new places as a grade community:
5th grade – Baltimore
6th grade – Costa Rica
7th grade – Washington D.C.
8th grade – Rotating destinations
What does it look like? Explorative learning adventures
What is it? A “space” during conference period that is dedicated to writing students can either work on an assignment or get inspired for creative projects
What does it look like? Quiet, mentors helping other students, use of laptops