Middle School Traditions, Events, and Occasions

The Middle School stages many events and activities for students year round, including those in which students gain a sense of independence. Volunteering through SAPA is a great way to stay involved in your child’s Middle School experience. For complete and up-to-the-minute listings of events and activities at St. Andrew’s, please subscribe to the class e-mail list for your child’s class under “Academic Accounts” in the Parent Portal. For additional information on events and volunteer opportunities,

check Middle School Moments, Week in Preview, the school calendar, and www.gosaints.org.

Fall

Back to School Nights

Grades 5 – 8

Held in the first weeks of the new school year, this parents-only night allows parents to follow their children’s schedules and visit their classes. Parents hear from their children's teachers and have an opportunity to ask questions.


Student Dress: Students do not attend.

Parental Involvement: Parents will not want to miss this informative evening. SAPA volunteers provide refreshments.


Saints Celebration

Grades 5 – 8

This celebration of St. Andrew’s sports teams takes place once in the fall and once in the spring. Coaches and teams are introduced in the north campus gym.


Student Dress: Casual / Team Uniform

Parental Involvement: Organized by Booster Club, all St. Andrew’s families and friends are welcome.


Middle School Spirit Night

Grades 5 – 8

All Middle School students are invited and encouraged to attend the Saints varsity football game. Middle School students are typically treated to free refreshments.


Student Dress: Casual

Parental Involvement: Parents are encouraged to attend. Booster Club and SAPA volunteers provide snacks.


Honor Code Chapel

Grades 5 – 8

A special chapel service invites students to consider how the St. Andrew’s Episcopal School Honor Code impacts their lives and their school community. Fifth graders, as well as any new students, sign the Honor Code, which reads: “On my honor as a St. Andrew's student, I pledge that I will neither lie, nor cheat, nor steal.”


Student Dress: Uniform

Parental Involvement: Parents are welcome to attend, but space is limited.


Homecoming Week

Grades 5 – 8

Students have an opportunity to participate in Upper School Student Council determined dress themes during this week. “Middle School Moments” provides details regarding the dress themes prior to the week. The Upper School Student Council sells t-shirts to support the St. Andrew’s yearbook.


Student Dress: Uniform, St. Andrew’s Spirit / Homecoming T-shirt, Spirit Attire

Parental Involvement: Parents do not attend.


Homecoming Football Game

Grades 5-8

The homecoming game brings the entire St. Andrew's community, including alumni, to campus for an evening of friendship, fun, and football, highlighted by the crowning of the homecoming queen and the presentation of the homecoming court.


Student Dress: Casual

Parental Involvement: All St. Andrew’s families and friends are welcome.


7th and 8th Grade Musical Production

Grades 7 – 8

Interested seventh and eighth grade students are cast following auditions. Students showcase their performing arts skills in a night performance followed by a weekend matinee.


Student Dress: Casual

Parental Involvement: This is a “do not miss” event for families of the cast members. All St. Andrew’s students, families, and friends are welcome.


Halloween

Grades 5 – 8

Students come to school in costume and enjoy Halloween treats.


Student Dress: Halloween Costume

Parental Involvement: SAPA volunteers provide treats. Parents do not attend.


Eighth Grade Heifer International Overnight Trip

Grade 8

Eighth graders and St. Andrew’s teachers participate in an off-campus, expense-free, overnight retreat focused on building community and becoming more understanding of and accountable to one another. Students travel by bus to Heifer Ranch, located in Perryville, Arkansas.


Student Dress: Camp Attire

Parental Involvement: SAPA volunteers assist with food. Parents do not attend.


Seventh Grade Retreat

Grade 7

This day retreat gives seventh graders an opportunity to bond with one another. This expense-free event is usually held at Twin Lakes Camp in October or November.


Student Dress: Camp Attire

Parental Involvement: SAPA volunteers assist with food, but otherwise do not attend.


Egypt Day

Grade 5

Fifth graders conclude their study of Egypt by dressing in Egyptian attire and participating in a variety of Egyptian-themed activities, including mathematics, mythology, poetry, puzzles, and making pyramids decorated with hieroglyphics. Students perform a musical revue of Egyptian history in the Center for Performing Arts (CPA), followed by lunch in the Commons, which is decorated in Egyptian décor. The day concludes with games and activities on the CPA field.


Student Dress: Egyptian-style Costumes

Parental Involvement: SAPA volunteers decorate the Commons, provide food, and plan and organize Egyptian themed games. Parents of fifth graders attend the program in the CPA. Be sure to bring your camera!


Winter


Winter Choir Concert

Grades 6 – 8

Presented by the St. Andrew's Choral Music Department, this event features four choirs – the 7th and 8th grade choirs, the St. Andrew's Singers, and the St. Andrew's Chamber Choir.


Student Dress: Casual

Parental Involvement: This is a “do not miss” event for parents of performers. All St. Andrew’s parents, grandparents, students, and friends are welcome.


Winter Band Concert

Grades 7 – 8

The St. Andrew's intermediate and Upper School bands perform a winter concert led by the band director.


Student Dress: Casual

Parental Involvement: Parents or performers provide refreshments. This is a “do not miss” event for parents of performers. All St. Andrew’s parents, grandparents, students, and friends are welcome.


Greek Day

Grade 5

Fifth graders conclude their study of ancient Greece by dressing in togas and competing in the Olympic games, which include academic and athletic trials. Students are divided into teams representing eight countries. Academic and athletic scores are tallied for each team and gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded.


Student Dress: Greek-style Costumes

Parental Involvement: SAPA volunteers assist with this event, but parents do not otherwise attend.



Spring


National Junior Honor Society Induction

Grades 7 – 8

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is the nation's premier organization recognizing outstanding Middle School students. Founded in 1929, NJHS honors students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship. Inductees must complete 10 service hours and maintain a 3.5 GPA to be eligible.


Student Dress: Dressy Attire

Parental Involvement: Parents of inductees are invited to attend. All parents are welcome.


Street Jam and Lip Sync Contest

Grades 5 – 8

Street Jam is a traditional street carnival complete with game booths and prizes. Students enjoy a cookout in the Plaza and then move to the CPA to cheer on their peers in the lip sync contest. The contest is followed by the carnival, with booths manned by faculty members and SAPA volunteers. Booths typically include a pie eating contest, ducks on a pond, sack races, and an inflatable obstacle course. Middle School Student Council sells t-shirts to support Street Jam activities.


Student Dress: St. Andrew’s Spirit / Street Jam T-shirt

Parental Involvement: Parents are welcome to attend the Lip Sync Contest. SAPA volunteers assist with the street carnival, but parents do not otherwise attend the carnival.


Middle School Leadership Chapel, Closing Ceremony, and Mosaic Dedication

Grades 5 – 8

The final chapel service of the year includes the "passing of the gavel," during which the outgoing Student Council president welcomes the incoming president. Several awards for individuals in 5th to 7th grade are presented. Eighth grade students work during the spring to create tiles representative of themselves, which are then put together in a mosaic by SAPA volunteers. The mosaic is dedicated during this closing service.


Student Dress: Uniform

Parental Involvement: Eighth grade parents are invited to attend the leadership chapel and mosaic dedication. Other parents are welcome, but generally do not attend.


8th Grade Graduation

Grade 8

Eighth graders mark their transition to the Upper School with a graduation service in the CPA. A short reception follows in the Commons. The event concludes with a parent-sponsored party off campus.


Student Dress: Girls wear white dresses. Boys wear a suit or sport coat. Students should also bring casual clothes to change into for the after-party.

Parental Involvement: This is a “do not miss” event for families of eighth graders. Be sure to bring your camera! All St. Andrew’s families, students, and friends are welcome. Parents chaperone the after party; otherwise, parents do not attend the after party.


Spring Choir Concert

Grades 7 – 8

Presented by the St. Andrew's Choral Music Department, this event features four choirs – the 7th and 8th grade choirs, the St. Andrew's Singers, and the St. Andrew's Chamber Choir.


Student Dress: Casual

Parental Involvement: This is a “do not miss” event for parents of performers. All St. Andrew’s parents, grandparents, students, and friends are welcome.


Spring Band Concert

Grades 6 – 8

The St. Andrew's bands perform a winter concert led by the band director.


Student Dress: Casual

Parental Involvement: Parents or performers provide refreshments. This is a “do not miss” event for parents of performers. All St. Andrew’s parents, grandparents, students, and friends are welcome.


Medieval Day

Grade 6


Medieval day is a celebration of medieval European life and culture through games, song and other fun activities.


Students dress in medieval attire---wizards, princesses, royalty, or court jesters for

example.

Parents do not attend.


Fifth and Sixth Grade Musical Production

Grades 5 – 6

Interested fifth and sixth grade students are cast following auditions. Students showcase their performing arts skills in a night performance followed by a weekend matinee.


Student Dress: Casual

Parental Involvement: This is a “do not miss” event for families of the cast members. All St. Andrew’s students, families, and friends are welcome.


Seventh and Eighth Grade Play

Grades 7 – 8

Interested seventh and eighth grade students are cast following auditions. Students showcase their performing arts skills in a night performance followed by a weekend matinee.


Student Dress: Casual

Parental Involvement: This is a “do not miss” event for families of the cast members. All St. Andrew’s students, families, and friends are welcome.



Ongoing Events

Movie/Activity Nights

Grades 5 – 6

Fifth and sixth grade students gather for movies and/or activities twice a year, usually in the CPA.


Student Dress: Casual

Parental Involvement: SAPA volunteers chaperone; otherwise, parents do not attend.


Dance/Social

Grades 7 – 8

Once each semester a Middle School student group sponsors a dance or social for seventh and eighth graders. The student group sponsoring the event arranges for decorations and refreshments. St. Andrew’s faculty members serve as chaperones. These events are usually in the commons.


Student Dress: Casual

Parental Involvement: Parents do not attend.


Birthdays

Grades 5-8

Each week during chapel, the names are called of students who are celebrating a birthday that week. In addition, parents may join their child for lunch in the Commons on their child’s birthday. Parents may bring an outside lunch.


Student Dress: Uniform

Parental Involvement: Parents are welcome to attend chapel. Parents are welcome to join their child for lunch on their child’s special day.


Service Learning Days

Grades 5 – 8

St. Andrew’s believes that community service provides opportunities for developing leadership and initiative, encourages a commitment to social responsibility, educates and acquaints students on the needs and concerns of the greater community, and gives them the opportunity to help meet those needs by becoming involved in working with others. Middle School students will spend one day each semester in service to the community through the Greater Jackson non-profit organizations. Students will also perform service to the St. Andrew’s school community.


Student Dress: St. Andrew’s Spirit T-shirt

Parental Involvement: SAPA volunteers host an ice cream party in the Middle School courtyard at the end of the work day. Parents do not otherwise attend.



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