Middle School Director
At Thayer Academy Middle School, we encourage students to try new and different things, and our schedule and programs are designed with that objective in mind. Our students are involved in all aspects of school life, from academics, athletics, and arts, to community service programs, to our myriad clubs and extracurricular activities. As a result, at this crucial age in their development, our students are able to find passions both within and beyond the classroom.
Like their students, teachers at the Middle School participate fully in the Thayer community. Our teachers’ roles extend beyond the classroom, as they also serve as coaches, advisors, and sponsors of clubs and activities. These multiple roles allow faculty members to know more fully each of our students, and we believe that when students are known, they realize that they are valued. In turn, this feeling of appreciation means that students are more likely to experience and enjoy meaningful success, not only academically, but in other areas of their lives as well.
Thayer Academy Middle School allows students to become confident, well-rounded, and independent learners in a supportive yet challenging environment. Please schedule a visit to the Middle School and see first-hand the energy, the intellectual exploration, and the genuine feeling of community that exists at our school.
The sixth grade at Thayer is a “school within a school,” and provides a rich introduction to the three years of middle school. The homeroom and advisor system helps students juggle and prioritize their new responsibilities and rigorous schedule. Sixth graders at Thayer learn how to balance their new independence and their increased intellectual abilities with an interactive environment and a built-in support system.
Another distinctive quality of the sixth grade program is its interdisciplinary nature. For example, English focuses on a variety of novels, including one on the Trojan War, which corresponds to what they are learning in history through their study of ancient Greece. There is a very clear connection between the English and history curriculum. The cross-curricular study of Greek mythology and Greek history also helps students make connections. The drama department contributes to the inter-connected nature of the program by giving students the opportunity to re-enact some famous Greek myths.
Middle School Philosophy of Student Independence
In the Middle School, daily assignments are posted on the classroom portal portion of the Thayer website, along with each class's grading policy, major assignments, and class expectations. The reason for posting daily assignments is that, with the goal of helping students become independent learners, we aspire to form a partnership with parents, and posting daily assignments allows parents to take a more active role in their child's education, if they wish to do so. Additionally, if a child is absent or if he or she forgets an assignment, the classroom portal can be a helpful tool.
In general, we aspire to be as responsive to parents as possible, and as a policy, we are prompt in our responses. The first point of contact for a class should always be the class's teacher. The advisor, the school counselor, the academic dean, the dean of students, and the middle school director are also always available to speak with parents.
At the beginning of seventh grade, Thayer Middle School students spend two months building and programming robots during the Robotics unit in the science curriculum. Working in small groups, students use Lego Mindstorm Robots and EV3 programming to solve problems and complete tasks.