MSB recognizes the abilities of each student and works on developing, strengthening, and fostering growth in each student. Our Middle School has launched a pioneering system where everyone is excited to make a difference.
Students in Grades 6 through 8 are divided into two mixed-grade-level houses—the House of Dragons and the House of Tigers. Every Friday, the two houses are scheduled to take part in a wide variety of events and competitions. This week, they started with devising respective mottos, mascots, chants, and banners that will be hanged in the hallway.
Students are motivated to gain merit points, both individually and collectively for their House, through various activities, such as Spelling Bee, Math Challenge, design competition and sports events. The House with the most accumulated points for the year will be awarded the House Cup at the end of the academic year. This in turn, will promote healthy competition and allow a sense of mentoring and leadership to build up between the older and the younger students.
House of Dragons
House of Tigers
The purpose of the House System is to bring energy and promotes MSB spirit in our middle school students,” said Tony, Upper Division Head of MSB. “We want to create an atmosphere of enthusiasm and excitement while setting the students up for success.”
“Everyone has the opportunity to showcase their talents and contribute to their team in various events closely linked with our curriculum. The system is designed to guide and support the academic, social, emotional, and personal development of each student. This concept is akin to fostering a ‘Family Unit,’ and the sense of “family” in each of the houses will promote a feeling of identity, belonging, and self-worth,” said Tony.
To celebrate the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, the two houses also plan to take part in some winter sports in February.
As MSB thoughtfully expands into the College Preparatory High School program, it will keep the best of what it has accomplished in the last thirty years, a close-knit community with intentionally small class sizes. MSB will continue to be personal, academically rigorous, accessible, and deeply community-orientated following Montessori principles. Students will have opportunities to collaborate with others on projects worldwide and be prepared to attend higher education internationally.