Middle School Discovery Days
Throughout the school year, AAS students traditionally participate in a three to five day series of activities called Discovery Days, which is an important part of community building.
This is an excellent opportunity for the students to get to know each other across the grade levels in a fun and playful way, and form new connections. Discovery Days are usually held in the early fall, which is a good time to learn outside the classroom.
This year, Middle School went on a Photo Hunt to the nearby beach, spent time outside on the North Field, and had a Jeoparty game (yes, with a ‘t’) among the various activities. Oh, and while at it, the young MS leaders decided to start their Student Council Presidential campaigns right on the same week because why not? Now, let’s slow down and take a closer look at what discoveries were made over the Discovery week.
📸 Discovery Day 1. Photo Hunt.
The very first Discovery Day was a blast! The cloudy weather did little if anything to spoil the great Photo Hunt, arguably the most demanding of all the Discovery activities. Students formed small teams and began their photo sessions, collecting points for each of the 40+ tasks captured on camera.
Some tasks were quite simple (take a photo of your team looking peaceful, or take a photo of someone from your team imitating a coniferous tree), others – not so much. For example, it is next to impossible to persuade Mr.Maia to join a team’s dance!
The Photo Hunt day ended on a high note, with the teams submitting their photos for the final score tally.
🏐 Discovery Day 2. Outdoor Activities.
Are you agile enough to run under the colored airy tent or untangle the human ball? Are you trusting enough to go blindfolded through an obstacle course, guided only by the voice of a fellow classmate? Are you sharp-witted enough to solve a highly dynamic Tic-Tac-Toe while running?
The above challenges (and many more) were the focus of the MS Discovery Day 2. Students once again formed teams, this time somewhat larger, and went through all the challenges one by one, switching every 10-15 minutes. All the activities are designed in such a way that a team effort is required. Students were learning to trust, respect, and care for each other, – the skills essential for the students’ overall development as a whole individual beyond the classroom.
Discovery Day 3. Jeoparty!
The final Discovery Day has started with an intellectually stimulating game of Jeoparty, the misspelling hinting at the MS Social event prepared for the students after school. All students gathered in the spacious Bolshoi Theatre, and established three teams, even larger than before. Questions ranged from ‘easy’ to ‘uber-hard’, with an occasional mismatch in ‘difficulty vs. reward’, which only played to enhance the energized atmosphere.
After the game, students went for refreshments, provided by AAS Parent-Teacher Organization, the foundation of AAS community, and then returned to the Bolshoi for a movie. Meanwhile, a space has been set up for the after school student party, to celebrate the Discovery Days with the first MS social of the year!