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Hallmark Experiences

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.

Advisory
The purposes of the Advisory program in the Middle School are create a sense of community and belonging for each student and promote a fun, safe, student-centered environment focused on relationships, goal setting, leadership, growth, and character. Advisory meets several times each cycle and various activities are planned during these times to achieve the goals of the program. Every other week, the entire Middle School gathers for Assembly. Every Monday, the entire Middle School begins the week in Chapel services. Advisory groups are small groups of 12-17 students grouped by grade level. Advisors work closely with advisees and families to promote self-awareness, academic progress, and solid communication between home and school.

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.

 

Enrichment

Academic Team
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.

MathCounts
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.

Lego Robotics
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.

Science Club
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.

SOOD
School-Out-Of-Doors (SOOD) provides opportunities for students to work, learn, and engage in multiple learning and team-building activities outdoors! For students in Grades 6-8, this is an overnight experience at an Oklahoma campsite. Students in Grade 5 spend one full day at an Oklahoma campsite. Students in Grade 4 spend the majority of one school day on the Holland Hall campus. In addition to bonding time for students and faculty, SOOD allows for opportunities to learn in nature and challenge individual perspectives and 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.