Providing learning experiences outside of the classroom is an integral element of the Middle School program. These activities present additional opportunities for our students to develop their team-building and critical thinking skills in the context of relevant life experiences.
Through the LEadership/ADvisory program, students and faculty engage in activities designed to develop students’ self-awareness and leadership skills and to give students a voice in the ongoing conversations about the design of MS activities. In addition to Seminar meetings every cycle, regularly-scheduled Advisory activities, and periodic all-MS assemblies, leadership experiences are embedded into the project-based learning opportunities found throughout the Middle School. Service learning trips at each grade-level provide students the chance to demonstrate leadership in real-world situations. Each year, individual grade levels take the lead on coordinating Middle School-wide events including Field Day and the annual Talent Show.
After School Activities
A number of after-school activities are provided by Middle School faculty. All Middle School students are encouraged to participate. The information below includes faculty sponsor, meeting times and location, and starting date. If you have any questions, please contact either the faculty sponsor or the Middle School office.
7th and 8th graders are invited to participate. Academic Team meets weekly to practice in the Fall Semester starting in October. Weekly competitions begin in January. Holland Hall's Middle School Academic Team has experienced a great deal of success in their league including winning league championships.
6th, 7th, and 8th graders are encouraged to participate in this activity. MathCounts is ideal for students who have a talent and passion for math who want to be challenged. Students will engage in exciting, “bee-style” contests in which they will compete against and alongside other bright, motivated students. At the local, state and national level, students win hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes every year.
5th through 8th Grade students are encouraged to participate in Lego Robotics as a part of the FIRST LEGO League program. Each year FLL teams embark on an adventurous Challenge based on current, real-world issues. Guided by a team coach and assisted by mentors, the kids research and solve a real-world problem based on the Challenge theme, present their research and solutions, and build an autonomous robot using engineering concepts.
4th graders are encouraged to participate in this enrichment activity. Science Club meets once or twice a month in the 4th Grade science classroom. Dates will be announced on the 4th Grade Homework Page.
Spanish Service Learning - Local Partnership
Holland Hall enjoys a partnership with McAuliffe Elementary, a nearby Title 1 Community School. At McAuliffe, 45% of the students are not proficient in English. Each week, a group of 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade students and parents work with children at McAuliffe in their after-school tutoring and ELL (English Language Learning) programs. Upper School students volunteer there on Holland Hall's community service day. A few teachers and students also volunteer to interpret during parent-teacher conferences and other Holland Hall community members help out during the mobile media program in the summer.
School-Out-Of-Doors (SOOD) is an overnight program for students in the Middle School. Classes work, learn, eat and sleep out-of-doors at various camps around the state. In addition to being a bonding time for students, it also gives them an opportunity to learn in nature and challenge their perspectives of their personal skills.
Middle School Play
Since before Holland Hall moved to its present 81st Street location, there have been theatrical productions produced in the Middle School. The Middle School began presenting plays in 1977 with a production of Our Town. Over the years Middle School students and faculty have performed Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, Oliver, The Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Seussical, Much Ado About Nothing, Oklahoma!, The Pirates of Penzance, The Illiad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less, Radio Kids, and Alice in Wonderland.
Students who participate in the Middle School plays have a chance to bond with other kids while working hard toward an exciting end. The finished product is always a source of pride for our community. Giving students the chance to work hard at something that requires creativity, attention to detail and ensemble skills is part of what makes attending Holland Hall Middle School such a rich and rewarding experience.
International Travel Opportunities
Bi-annually, Holland Hall students have the opportunity to go to a Latin American country in conjunction with Sustainable Horizon, a unique travel organization that develops authentic service learning, environmental conservation, and cultural immersion programs for schools. Recently, we have traveled with MS and US students to Ecuador for 12 days where they spent most of their time in the Amazon region living with families in the rural community of Mariscal and working at Zanjarajuno Rescue Center for animals. After a week in Mariscal, students and faculty visited the capital city of Quito and the famous Otavalo indigenous market. They also enjoyed sitting in the Papallacta Thermal Springs heated by a volcano, zip lining through a cloud forest in the Andes, and much more!
Bi-annually, students and faculty have the opportunity to travel to France for a ten-day cultural immersion trip. On the most recent trip, students enjoyed time in Paris at the Musee D'Orsay, the Sacre Coeur Basilica, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. Excursions to historical sites in Normandy and Mont St. Michel were enjoyed as well.
Bi-annually, students and faculty have the opportunity to experience a ten-day cultural immersion trip to Italy. Latin students are given first priority to sign-up for the trip. Highlights of students' time in Italy include visits to the Piazza Navona, the Colosseum, the Theater of Pompey, the Pantheon, and the Capitoline Museum.