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.
Thayer Academy is excited to introduce the 5th grade for the 2018-19 academic year. Fifth graders will participate in Latin, Roman history, a hands-on science curriculum, and a rigorous math program, as well as writing-intensive assignments throughout the year. As students in the Middle School, 5th graders can also play interscholastic sports and take part in Thayer's many clubs and arts activities.
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.