Stevenson School's middle division provides families with the following resources designed to support student's academic and social-emotional success.
Each middle division student is assigned a faculty advisor to assist with with every aspect of school life. Small group advisory meetings are held each morning as a daily social-emotional check in. Groups reconvene each afternoon for office hours, during which advisors support students with organizational skills, and students are able to seek extra help from their teachers as needed. Advisors serve as the first point of contact for all middle division parent concerns.
Part of academic success is organization. Students receive a planner book called the Pirate Planner in which they maintain a written record of all school assignments including the steps they need to prepare for, complete, and submit their assignments on time. Advisors do a daily check of student planners during office hours, and it is important for parents to periodically check their students planners to make sure that they are being used effectively.
Middle division students form healthy and informed perspectives on using digital tools in order to become contributing citizens who make ethical and responsible choices honoring their identities and the beliefs of others. Students explore themes of digital safety and security, search and research, kindness and respect, digital footprint, creativity, and screen time. Students receive an orientation or a refresher on computer use and Stevenson’s computer use policy. They learn about care and handling of their laptops; participate in keyboarding instruction and practice; practice formatting, naming, saving and organizing documents; create bookmarks; learn email etiquette and new tools in Canvas and Google Docs; and learn and practice MLA formatting, digital citizenship and internet safety through discussions, games, and interactive activities. Topics range from a student’s digital footprint, to how to avoid phishing, to a healthy use of screen time. Students also learn how to change settings on their laptops to minimize distractions such as pop-ups, messaging, and volume controls. Middle division students engage in an ongoing dialogue with their teachers and peers about what is working and what is not, and support is provided to work through tech challenges.
Please see our technology pages for additional information about computer use at Stevenson.
The Stevenson School library is a comprehensive system spanning two campuses, designed to introduce students to the world of reading and research and to instill in them a delight in learning as they reach for academic success. To visit the online library, click here.
To provide differentiated instruction that meets needs of individual students, the middle division provides additional training, materials, and coaching to support teachers’ and parents' ability to understand, prepare for, and accommodate all learners. To learn more, visit the Philosophy and Support Page.