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Middle School

Rhythm and Bruise: How Cuts to Music and the Arts Hurt Kids and Communities

Yohuru Williams | Posted 09.17.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Art and music convey important skills that often are overlooked. Researchers have long touted their positive effects on student brain growth and development, but the exercise of those skills in artistic pursuits like band and chorus adds a whole new dimension of teamwork, perseverance and commitment.

Lowering Sexual Assault on College Campuses and in the Military Starts in Elementary School

Mike Domitrz | Posted 09.16.2014 | Education
Mike Domitrz

If we really want to reduce sexual assault in the military and on college campuses, the lessons of respect, consent and bystander intervention need to be instilled in elementary education through high school.

There Should Be A Word For What It Feels Like To Send Your Child To Middle School

Glennon Melton | Posted 09.12.2014 | Parents
Glennon Melton

Someone needs to create a word that describes what happens inside of a mama's heart as she's watching her child walk into a school building.

Starting a New Middle School in 8th Grade

Susan Borison | Posted 09.12.2014 | Education
Susan Borison

Goodbye to hand holding. Welcome to a brave new world. I am a new mom all over again.

The Benefits of Cliques

Andrew Smiler | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Andrew Smiler

Part of being an American teenager means some effort to answer the question "who am I?" Being a member of a particular clique provides one answer to tha

I Believe In Talking To My Kids About Sex -- But This Pushed Me Over The Edge

Zanthe Taylor | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Zanthe Taylor

I can't accept any longer that crude sexual language, gestures and jokes are merely a harmless manifestation of pubescent development. We can and must educate and empower girls -- and boys -- to stand up to the language and behavior they will inevitably encounter.

The Real Secret of School Success

Hilary Wilce | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

The journey through school is a long and winding road, and the only consistent thing along the way is you -- their loving, attentive, often long-suffering parent.

Mute in Middle School

Robin Hoffman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Hoffman

He must have thought I was mute. Whenever I saw his sparkling smile and slightly-bowed legs coming down the junior high halls anywhere near my locke...

Outreach Key to Increasing STEM Student Population

Lisa S. Coico | Posted 08.23.2014 | Education
Lisa S. Coico

I eagerly await the opening of the City College Center for Discovery and Innovation, a 200,000-square-foot facility on our south campus that will hous...

Included, Everyone

Rachel Adams | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Rachel Adams

My son Henry, who has Down syndrome, goes to a school dedicated to inclusion, where students of many levels of ability learn together, and learning how to get along is considered an essential part of their education.

Why It's Never Too Early To Teach Kids The Skills They Need For Tomorrow

Eric Schwarz | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Eric Schwarz

Some might think that middle school is too early to talk about preparing for the skills needed for tomorrow's technology, but at Citizen Schools we think that the middle years are the best time.

A Dress Code of Her Own: Teaching Our Girls Body Confidence

Lisa Sadikman | Posted 08.10.2014 | Parents
Lisa Sadikman

More than telling our girls what is and isn't appropriate to wear, we need to teach them how to love and respect their bodies and really own them

Be a Fool

Owen Egerton | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Owen Egerton

Be fool enough to be kind even when it gets you nothing. Be fool enough to do what you love. Be foolish enough to dream loudly! Be fool enough to dance. Be a fool.

Losing My Fears for My Gay Middle School Daughter

Sandy Roffey | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Sandy Roffey

Middle school kids can be dramatic, and over-sensitive, but sometimes they get a bad rap. Sometimes what we expect out of them is far less than they are capable of, especially when it comes to empathy and compassion. Sometimes they even outdo the adults around them.

What a Middle School Swimmer Taught This Mom

Maria Rodgers O’Rourke | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents
Maria Rodgers O’Rourke

She ascends the block, tugging her suit down in back. Daily practice has built her endurance and honed her strokes. Before hunching into the starting position, she places the goggles over her eyes like a superhero donning his mask, the edges of her lips dropping in determination.

Finding Her Tribe

Tara May | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Tara May

As I watch my eldest daughter trudge through these years of emotional ambiguity, forming friendships, losing friendships, fighting for friendships, and crying over friendships, I struggle with letting her figure out some of the intricacies of life on her own.

Trial and Error: The Gritty 21st Century Skill

Paula Golden | Posted 07.08.2014 | Education
Paula Golden

Trains, planes and automobiles are bringing thousands of competitors from over 70 countries to Los Angeles for the 2014 Intel ISEF, the world's larges...

How UVA's Elite Womens' Rowing Team and Jack Jouett Middle School Strengthen Each Other Through Care

Ben Kerschberg | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Ben Kerschberg

When student-run Athletes For Hope at the University of Virginia ("AFH-UVA") launched its Teams in School pilot program, it was received warmly by t...

Mommy, I Need a Gay Friend

Amy Arndt | Posted 07.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Amy Arndt

The fact my friend wasn't interested in girls really wasn't what it was about anyway. It was about a friendship that gave me confidence and helped me through really difficult and awkward times. It was a friendship that I will forever cherish.

The Positives of Uniformity: One Student's Opinion On School Dress Codes

Angelina Massoia | Posted 07.05.2014 | Education
Angelina Massoia

Even I, who did not suffer first hand from bullying, can remember being comforted by the fact that all of my peers would be wearing the same thing, regardless of how popular, fashionable, beautiful, or wealthy they may be.

Brainstorming Middle School

Allison Gaines Pell | Posted 06.22.2014 | Education
Allison Gaines Pell

If we want our children to help us preserve, sustain and re-imagine the world, we have to give them a chance to try it now.

My Son Only Read One Book in Middle School

Franchesca Warren | Posted 06.17.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

Great reading can be done in middle school if we take the focus off standardized testing.

A Positive Spin on Bossy

Amy Arndt | Posted 06.14.2014 | Parents
Amy Arndt

t 10, my daughter knew that there was something negative about the word "bossy," but she understood that a simple word choice could turn bossy into something powerful.

Contracting Instagram

William Lucas Walker | Posted 05.31.2014 | Parents
William Lucas Walker

We held our ground. For nearly a year. It wasn't easy. Our daughter's increasing anxiety, her distress at being tagged "a nobody with no Instagram" forced us to take a closer look at what was actually going on. We had to look no further than our own middle school years.

The Dumbbell Effect: Middle Level Education Falling Behind

Quentin Wilson | Posted 05.26.2014 | Education
Quentin Wilson

Money does not solve all problems but, in this case, more equitable funding and educational innovation for the middle grades will demonstrate our commitment to ensuring our children get the highest quality education for the entirety of their K-12 careers.