The goal of the middle school years is for students to develop study and learning skills that will prepare them for high school, college, and beyond. The curriculum is robust: In each of his three years in the Middle School, a student takes language arts, math, a social studies/history course, modern foreign language, and a sequential Talk class, and other required classes as determined by his grade level. Latin is added in the eighth grade. Boys will also choose from art, design and woodworking, computer, technology, journalism, communication skills courses, and all participate in physical education/athletics. Varied extra curricular activities provide myriad opportunities for boys to try something new. The Middle School 1:1 iPad of Choice program fosters dynamic, interactive, and personal learning.
Boys begin to spread their wings and discover their interests in an encouraging, cooperative, and caring environment. During their three years of Gilman Middle School, they learn to take risks; they learn responsibility; they learn to love learning.
The Festival of Languages, a weeklong celebration of French, Spanish, and Latin, has been going on at Gilman since Middle School Modern Languages Coordinator Jessica Nelson can remember. “The festival infuses a sense of community and an appreciation for diversity,” Nelson said.
Middle School math teacher Adam Herb has been a drummer all his life. He began offering drum circles as an advisory activity in the fall of 2022, and the boys seem to like it.
Professional baseball players and Gilman alumni Gavin Sheets ’14 and Peter Heubeck ’21 returned to Roland Avenue on Wednesday, November 30. The pair shared about how their time at Gilman prepared them for life as a pro athlete.
Students didn’t know what a treat they were in for when author/illustrator Jon Agee visited Gilman on November 16 and 17. Agee appealed to audiences in every age group over his two-day visit, which included the tri-schools.
Maxwell Costes ’18 returned to Roland Avenue to speak to students about mental health and wellness. His relatable presentation normalized the feelings of anxiety that students may feel at times and encouraged them to celebrate their wins while always striving to improve themselves.