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Topic: Middle School
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019
French teacher Emmanuel Labadie decided to try a different approach to the study of a classic novel by Michel Tournier: Vendredi ou la vie sauvage, a story inspired by Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. Instead of having his 7th graders simply summarize their reading of the book, M. Labadie turned it... read more
Topic: Middle School
Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
The Middle School Student Council has had a busy couple of months. January was spent planning for another Spirit Day--Twin Day--and for the East Bay Independent School Association dance held on February 8. EB ended up welcoming over 200 students from six different schools. The Student Council did... read more
Topic: Community Service, Middle School
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Eighth graders made their annual trip to Glide in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco this past January. In addition to spiritual ministry, Glide offers social services to its community. Mme. Bishop and Mme. Filato accompanied 8B while Ms. Hedlund and M. Labadie traveled with 8E.... read more
Topic: Middle School, Athletics
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Both the boys and girls Jaguar teams are in the middle of extremely successful seasons. The girl's team was undefeated against bay areas including Black Pine Circle, Julia Morgan School for Girls, Park Day School before running into a buzzsaw against a very strong St. Paul's Varsity team. They... read more
Topic: Diversity, Middle School
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Several G7 students created a Girl Power club that meets weekly to discuss how to handle conflict, to assert themselves in and out of the classroom, and to put their ideals to work. Alexandra K, Stella P, Sasha P, Claire A, Leyla A, and Sonia S put together a petition to abolish the so-called... read more
Topic: Alumni, Middle School
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
After EB, students have a variety of options to choose from for high school. A typical graduating class at EB matriculates on average to anywhere between 10 to 15 different high schools -- public, charter, independent private, parochial, boarding, and French bilingual. On January 24, 7th grade... read more
Topic: Middle School
Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018
The EB Middle School hosted its fourth TEDxYouth@EB conference in November. This year, ten students presented talks inspired by the theme “The Age of Amazement”. The months of preparation and rehearsal that went into each of the talks showed that morning. Every presentation came from personal... read more
Topic: Middle School
Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018
Assemblage boxes telling a story, anthropomorphic representations, and portraiture in photography were some of the themes and projects students worked on since the beginning of the year in Art.  Grade 6 created assemblage art tiled “Amazing World”. Inspired by the assemblage boxes of artist... read more
Topic: Middle School
Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018
What did 6th and 7th graders learn in English this semester? Persuasive essays in 6th grade In 6th grade English this fall students just finished a unit on rhetorical strategies, ethos, pathos and logos, used in advertising and essay writing that culminated in the outlining and drafting of a six... read more
Topic: Bilingualism, Lower School, Middle School
Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018
This year, French Middle School teacher Emmanuel Labadie has built bridges between the Lower and the Middle School. Some 7th and 8th graders go visit some Kindergarten and 5th grade classrooms to encourage the love of reading (in French!). “This experience is very good for the Middle School... read more
Topic: Middle School
Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018
The Middle School has been actively giving back in November and December to the communities around us. In November, the Middle School’s Social Responsibility Action Corps (SRAC) braved the smoky air to donate their time serving meals at a local community meal organized through the Berkeley Food... read more
Topic: Middle School
Date: Friday, December 14, 2018
After closing the MAP testing window just before the fall break at the end of October, the English and Math teachers set out to meet with each of our Middle Students to share results and set goals. One of the main benefits of MAP tests is giving a clear picture of where a student is along the... read more
Topic: Middle School, Social and Emotional Learning
Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
There is no debating the importance of academics. Having an engaging and rigorous academic program is the cornerstone of every quality school. However, there is a clear understanding that a meaningful social and emotional education is crucial to the development of well-rounded students who know not... read more
Topic: Middle School
Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
The first few weeks of school were a moment for the new French music teacher to get to know her new students and vice-versa. Students started the year by discovering and studying pieces of classical music such as Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A - Second movement, and the Winter part... read more
Topic: Middle School
Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
It is a very busy time of the school year for the 8th graders. The first semester of the 8th grade year is when they begin in full force the high school selection process. Many of the students are going to high school open houses, doing shadow visits, and starting to decide on which high school... read more

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