Middle School students began this academic year the way they begin most years – meeting their advisors, receiving their locker assignments, getting to know their schedules, and making new friends. But it’s been almost two years since they have been able to go on their annual opening week field trips, an opportunity to bond outside of the classroom that has been deterred due to the pandemic – until now.
On September 14 and 15, Middle School students enjoyed field trips to Adventure Park, Soundwaters, Chelsea Piers, Sky Zone, and Grit N Wit, an extensive obstacle course set up on the school’s very own turf field for a day of outdoor fun.
Head of Middle School Dr. Josh Deitch believes that learning must extend beyond the classroom. “When we can get off campus and go beyond the classroom walls, we give ourselves an opportunity to learn more than just the content of our courses. We learn how to take care of one another, how to live by our core virtues when we’re not on campus, and how to be our best selves in all environments,” Dr. Deitch shared.
Grade 7 student Samantha Tillman shared that she was happy to be outside with her classmates for the activities. “These types of activities are fun because we get to work together as a team. Some of us are better at the physical parts of the obstacle course, while others are better at solving the puzzles. Either way, we have to collaborate with one another to finish the course successfully,” said Samantha.
The Grade Team Leaders planned the field trips to include activities that encourage bonding, social interaction, and lots of fun. “This allows for students to get to know each other, and develop or demonstrate leadership qualities in one another,” said Dean of Student Life Ben Magidson. Although pandemic-related restrictions are still in place at King, the return of opening week field trips proved to be a welcomed sign of renewed normalcy for the Middle School.