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Middle School Co-Curriculars

We are pleased to share with you additional information about these two recent enhancements to Middle School co-curricular and after school programs which offer a wide array of co-curricular activities within the regular academic day. These two new developments provide students the chance to participate in a variety of activities while also allowing them to play Middle School sports during the academic day, participate in the Middle School play, or earn a place on a JV or varsity team.

Programs are offered by season — fall, winter and spring. Based on the student’s interests, families will select a co-curricular choice for G Block on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each season and an after-school program. Each selection has been designed to be completed at the end of each season, so students can choose the same activity for fall and spring even if they do not choose it in the winter and so on.

Below please find specific information for both the G block options and the after school program options. On the forms linked below, families should indicate their choices by season for both G Block and the after school program. Please visit these forms Tuesday, August 25 to indicate your choices by season.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss your individual selections and your questions. Please reach out to us and we’d be happy to talk with you further.

Isabel Ceballos
Head of Middle School
+1-860-408-4309

Kati Eggert
Athletic Director
+1-860-408-4290

Randi Booth
Asst. Director of Riding
+1-860-408-4360

 Cheri Soule
Director of Dance
+1-860-408-4291

G Block in the Middle School Schedule

Students who will not be playing JV or varsity sports will be enrolled in a new class, Skill Development, that offers a variety of activities during G Block on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday afternoon as part of their academic day schedule.

During the Skill Development class, varsity level coaches and dance instructors will guide students as they experience different co-curriculars in order to develop good habits for a healthy lifestyle through the joy of participation while learning new skills. In addition to the winter dance unit, dance class will continue to take place once a week within their academic schedule. Beginner (Level I and II) Middle School riders will be scheduled for lessons during G Block. Please see the “After School” section below for information for intermediate or upper level riders.

Skill Development Courses

  • Fall: field hockey, soccer and running
  • Winter: swimming, squash and dance classes
  • Spring: tennis, softball and lacrosse

With approval from the athletic department and respective coaches, Middle School athletes and dancers can try out for JV and varsity programs. A student selected for a JV or varsity level team for either sports or dance will have study hall during G Block. This way, she can get a jump start on the evening’s homework and also allow her body to rest before she undertakes a full practice with her team after the academic day.

Middle School Dance

After School

Middle School students are welcome to be on campus after school if they sign up for after-school activities or participate in an after-school team sport. This year we have expanded the after-school offerings to include orchestra, debate, robotics, or study hall.

Students who are selected for JV or varsity level athletics or dance teams will meet with their program after school, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Intermediate and advanced riders will take lessons after school at a frequency that corresponds with their lesson package. Ground School will continue to be held on Wednesday afternoons.

Participation in all after-school activities requires students to arrive by 3:45 p.m. at their designated location for attendance and to remain with the activity until 5:30 p.m. (or prior if a parent arrives for pick up). Boarding Middle School students who do not participate in after-school co-curriculars, must sign up for an after school program.  Middle School day students are welcome to have dinner in Abra’s at 5:30 p.m. and must be picked up by 6:00 p.m. On Wednesday afternoons, the after-school program will be offered virtually and is optional for students.

After School Programs

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

  • Orchestra (Monday)
  • Debate (Tuesday and Thursday)
  • Study Hall in the Library (M, Tu, Th, Fr, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
  • JV or Varsity sport or dance (M, T, Th, Fri, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
  • Intermediate or advanced riding lessons (times to be arranged)

Wednesday and Friday

  • Robotics (2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday; 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Friday)

What this will look like in the schedule

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday G Block – Choose an Activity by Season

  • Skill Development, our new course
  • Middle School sports (fall/volleyball, winter/basketball, and/or spring/TBD)
  • Middle School Play (fall)
  • Riding lessons for beginner riders 
  • Study hall (for JV or varsity athletes or dancers and intermediate/advanced rider)

Wednesday – Virtual/Optional

  • Robotics/STEAM (Wednesday 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. We find that these options are invaluable ways to have Middle School students get to know each other across grade levels and allow them to acquire new skills.

If your daughter has been approved to participate in Upper School dance after school, she will be placed in a study hall during the academic day.

During the academic day. She will also have Ground School on Wednesdays afternoon. Scheduling lesson packages is done through Assistant Trainer Randi Booth. She can be reached at rbooth@ethelwalker.org.

After school. She will also have Ground School on Wednesdays afternoon. Scheduling lesson packages is done through Assistant Trainer Randi Booth. She can be reached at rbooth@ethelwalker.org.

No. Middle School team sports are being offered during G Block so they would be happening at the same time.

In the summer, varsity head coaches of team sports will contact those who’ve signed up try out for JV or varsity sports. In the winter and spring, head coaches typically hold inquiry meetings during lunch where additional information is provided for the upcoming season.

Tryouts will take place at the start of each season. For the fall, co-curricular tryouts will begin on September 9 and run through Friday, September 11. For the winter, tryouts will begin on November 16. Spring tryouts will begin the week of March 1.

In a sport such as volleyball or basketball where a Middle School team is offered, the student can try out for the varsity team. If she makes it onto the team, she would instead play on the varsity team.

The in-person G Block sessions are taught by coaches and instructors from within our varsity and upper level programs.

Below is a list of the required equipment and additional equipment need by season for Skill Development class. Students can borrow school equipment but must provide certain safety equipment that is not shareable, such as a mouthguard for field hockey or swim cap.

Fall Skill Development (field hockey, soccer, running)
shinguards
field hockey stick (can borrow)
mouthguard
running sneakers
Winter Skill Development (squash, swimming, dance)
squash racquet (can borrow)
clean sneakers
one-piece swimsuit, cap, goggles, towel
black leggings & t-shirt
Spring Skill Development (softball, lacrosse, tennis)
softball glove
lacrosse stick (can borrow)
mouthguard
goggles (can borrow)
tennis racquet

The G block classes are treated as academic classes and as with all academic classes a release from attending class is issued through the Health Center.

A virtual exercise class is open to all middle school students Wednesday’s during G-Block.This optional class is offered by the Athletic Director and Head of the Middle School.

Yes, she can try out for a different team sport or opt into the G block Skill Development class.

All schedules will reflect MS co-curricular classes until the Middle School student is assigned to a co-curricular program or is approved for a study hall. Her schedule will then read “Study Hall.”