A coeducational day school serving students JK-12

Middle School

The years from fifth grade through eighth grade are an important time for self-discovery. They are a time when students develop their interests, learn new talents, and face challenges that are unique to their age group. At Latin, middle school students are introduced to a world of new concepts and ideas.

Our middle school curriculum covers all the traditional core subject areas—math, science, English and language arts, social studies and language—but we use a range of innovative, creative ways to present the material. Middle school students learn best when they are engaged with the subject matter through concrete experiences like role playing, simulations, lab work or exploration outside the classroom. Dynamic discussions and interactive lectures are designed to relate to issues and ideas we know middle school-aged kids are thinking about.

I think Latin has one of the most challenging curricula out there, and one that helps my child reach her full potential as an academic and a person.

-- middle school parent

Around the Middle School

Wooden Roman head

Lower School Computer Science and Tech Integration Specialist Fiona Deeney, Middle School Technology Coordinator Mike Demopoulos and Upper School Innovation Studio Manager Shane Enderle offered an inside look at Latin's maker spaces for parents/guardians.

Maker Space Teachers

At the start of the event, the team shared information about each division's maker space and projects created in them. Then they gave a tour of the upper school maker space to show some of the equipment and supplies students can access in all three divisions.

Upper School

EQUIPMENT
3D Printers
Vinyl Cutters
Laser Cutter
CNC Router
Soldering Irons and accessories
iPad Pro’s with Apple Pencils
VR Headset

SOFTWARE
Adobe Suite
Illustrator
Photoshop
In Design
Fusion 360
Sketchbook Pro
Procreate
Silhouette Studio
Mint Studio

Middle School

EQUIPMENT
3D Printer (x3)
Vinyl Cutter (x2)
Laser Cutter
CNC Router
MacBook Air (x2)

SOFTWARE
PrusaSlicer
Silhouette Studio
Mint Studio
iMovie

Lower School

EQUIPMENT
3D Printers
Vinyl Cutter
Laser Cutter
Digital Embroidery Machine
Sewing Machines 
LittleBits Pro Library and STEAM Kits

SOFTWARE
Doodle 3D
TurtleStitch
Silhouette Studio
Mint Studio
Drawing Pad

Afterward, parents/guardians got the opportunity to laser engrave on a pre-cut wood roman head. They also visited stations to make leather key chains, play with Little Bits electronics from the lower school, see embroidery and sewing machines in action, and a few physical projects that students have created.

The maker spaces at Latin aid students with designing and problem-solving, as well as develop skills, talents, thinking and mental rigor.

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author ben orlin

Ben Orlin, acclaimed math educator and author, visited the lower, middle and upper school math departments on Thursday, March 3.
He popped into Upper School Math Teacher Zach McArthur's calculus class and fielded questions on Gabriel's horn, a mysterious figure that has infinite surface area yet finite volume, as well as Koch's snowflake and the coastline of California, which both turn out to have infinite length.

He also spent the afternoon playing math games with the math teachers in preparation of the release of his new book, "Math Games with Bad Drawings."

Orlin is the author of "Math with Bad Drawings" and "Change is the Only Constant."

author ben orlin

 

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5th grade students at math contest 2022

The 2022 Latin Math Contest: “Been a while since we’ve seen you in 2022” was a success. Latin had a team place in each grade level and three individuals won awards. The competition was held remotely on Saturday, January 29. Check out these highlights and accomplishments from the event.

Fifth grade placed 2nd overall for the team competition.

5th grade students at math contest 2022

Team Mathemachickens (left to right: Ryan '29, Devan '29, Peter '29 and Sybella '29)

Sixth grade placed 2nd overall for the team competition.

5th grade students at math contest 2022

Team Cherry Pi (left to right: Milo '28, Arlo '28, Maxie '28 and Kaitlyn '28)

Sixth grade individual contest

5th grade students at math contest 2022

Maxie '28 won 1st overall for the sixth grade individual contest.

Seventh grade placed 3rd overall for the team competition.

students at math contest 2022

Team Blue Team (left to right: Greta '27, Ashym '27, Aryan '27 and MJ '27)

Seventh grade individual contest

students at math contest 2022

Ashym '27 won 1st overall for the seventh grade individual contest.

Eighth grade placed 2nd overall for the team competition. 

students at math contest 2022

Team Pushin' Pythagoras (left to right: Wyatt '26, William '26, Theodore '26 and Minnie '26)

Competing in State Finals

The eighth grade team of Quinn '26, William '26, Ralu '26, Minnie '26, coached by Mr. Getzel) advanced to the State Finals of the MathCounts competition. They finished 12th out of the 40 teams present at the State Finals on Saturday, March 5.

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middle school students at battle of the books competition

The fifth and sixth grade Battle of the Books winning team received a very special prize this year–a signed copy of New York Times bestselling author and friend of Latin, James Ponti's, newest book “City Spies, Forbidden City.”

Students read a minimum of one book this summer and one book this fall from a curated list. Many students chose to read multiple books from the list to increase their chances at winning the Battle of the Books competition. Below is a sampling of the selections:


"City of Ghosts" by Victoria Schwab 


"The Only Black Girls in Town" by Brandy Colbert


"Dead City" by James Ponti


"Nikki on the Line" by Barbara Carroll Roberts


“Show Me a Sign” by Ann Clare LeZotte 

During class, Ms. Houck and Ms. Finkle “book talked” the content with students to prepare them for battle. Fifth and sixth graders were placed on teams that competed in a bracket-style competition, having to answer twenty questions crafted by both Ms. Houck and Ms. Finkle about the books they read. Some of the questions included:

Q: In which book would you find the following quote? “At lunch, I hold the plastic tray in a death grip, wishing again that Phineas were here.”  
A: “Lily and Dunkin” by Donna Gephart

Q: In which book would you find the following line? They tried to bury us…. But they didn’t know we were seeds. 
A: “Efrén Divided” by Ernesto Cisneros

Q: Skull and Bone is the favorite comic book series for a main character in which book? 
A: “City of Ghosts” by Victoria Schwab

Q: In which book would you find a chapter titled Bedpan? 
A: “Cyclone” by Doreen Cronin

Q: In which book does Seema run after her sister who tries to escape her destiny?
A: “Amal Unbound” by Aisha Saeed 

Q: In which book would you find a list of rules that includes, “Never let overconfidence allow you to think it is OK to break any of these rules?”
A: “All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team” by Christina Soontornvat

Q: There was a rhythm in my fists. Is the opening line of which book?
“Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky” by Kwame Mbalia

Q: “I guess some friends are just glitter, and some friends are glue” is a line from which book? 
A: “Shouting at the Rain” by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Q:  In which book would you find Claremont School?
A: “The Turnover” by Mike Lupica

The students did a fantastic job working as teams and supporting one another!

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How We Approach Teaching and Learning

Middle School Director Deb Sampey talks about our energizing and demanding curriculum and how it prepares students for the rigor and challenges that lie ahead in high school.

Middle School Virtual Tour

middle school students with Syrian Refugee project

When learning resonates with the students' own values and beliefs, the content is seen as relevant and tied to real-world concerns and projects.

Scratching beneath the surface of the syrian refugee crisis

Seventh grade students in the Global Perspectives course researched the lives of individual Syrian refugees and told their stories using a programming language called Scratch. The project takes users on the journey of a real-life Syrian refugee, the choices they face, as well as the realities of the refugee experience.


 

Students are well versed in the "power of yet" and the value in continuing to grow, defying expectations or limitations.

- Latin parent

Latin should never change how comfortable it makes us feel. Which means that we aren't afraid to make mistakes.

- Middle school student

I understood the value of this education first hand when I went off to college. My persistence and strong desire to learn and connect with my professors was a reflection of the close relationships I made with my teachers at Latin.

- Alum

FAQ


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Richard Dickinson

Richard Dickinson

Titles: Middle School Dean of Students
Degrees: B.A. Kenyon College
M.A. Argosy University
Armenta Porter

Armenta Porter

Titles: Middle School Assistant
Max Rouse

Max Rouse

Titles: Assistant Middle School Director
Degrees: B.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MEd University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Debra Sampey

Debra Sampey

Titles: Middle School Director
Degrees: B.S. George Williams College
M.S. University of Wisconsin

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