Middle School Community Building
During the school year, the entire Middle School gathers regularly for Assembly. Through Assembly, our goal is to build and reinforce our strong Middle School identity while fostering a sense of community and togetherness. The formats vary, but at each meeting, valuable information is shared, announcements are made, faculty and students may give presentations, and a variety of outside speakers are invited to provide engaging talks throughout the year. Assembly also provides an opportunity to focus attention on values and beliefs consistent with our school’s mission, our Honor Code, and our Code of Community Standards.
Middle School Advisory: Goals and Values
Advisory is a meaningful part of Middle School life that helps to establish the lasting relationships among students and between students and faculty that Poly values so tremendously. The goal of our advisory program is to foster community within the Middle School by engaging groups of students in activities and guided discussions that encourage meaningful, empathetic relationships. Every year brings with it new students and fresh challenges, so our program evolves to meet our advisees’ changing needs.
Advisors develop cornerstones for the Middle School advising program, curricular themes for each trimester, and activities to use throughout the year.
In the words of one Poly Middle School student, “It’s a time to relax and be with your friends. Advisory time helps to erase the boundaries between teachers and students.”
Middle School Advisory: Year-By-Year
Grade 5: In our fifth grade, groups work to build a sense of family with a baby picture "Guess Who" game (including advisors!) and the creation of special advisory handshakes. At the end of the school year, we pass advisee archives to the students’ sixth grade advisors, giving them a peek into each child’s experience in the previous school year.
Grade 6: Sixth graders have designed and created quilt squares that they sew together to create quilts that will hang in each homeroom. (Sixth graders also bond during an overnight campus sleepover experience called "Camp Poly.") At the end of the school year, we pass advisee archives to the students’ seventh grade advisors, giving them a peek into each child’s experience in the previous school year.
Grade 7: Seventh graders might plan and build advisory logos to reflect who they are, both as individuals and as a group. At the end of the school year, we pass advisee archives to the students’ eighth grade advisors, giving them a peek into each child’s experience in the previous school year.
Grade 8: The focus of advisory during the final year in Middle School is leadership—what does it mean to be a good leader, what tools does a good leader possess, and how does one become a good leader. Advising highlights in eighth grade might include leadership skits performed in Middle School Assembly that showcase important topics such as the dress code, honesty, and respect.