Middle School Traditions
At the beginning of the academic year, every student, faculty and staff member in the Middle and Upper Schools signs our Honor Board as a commitment to our core values ― respect, responsibility, honesty and compassion―and engagement in community life.
During Town Meeting, the entire Middle School meets in the Olson Theater as a community. It is an opportunity to focus on the culture and climate in the Middle School, and to showcase student activities. Town Meeting also provides a forum for students to give presentations to highlight upcoming community service and School events.
The fall All-School Gathering is one of two opportunities during the academic year for the entire School community to come together. This event marks the beginning of the year with the lighting of a lantern that remains lit in the Office of the Headmaster until the final senior completes his or her requirements for graduation.
During the second all school gathering of the academic year, we convene as a community to celebrate the anniversary of Flint Hill’s reorganization in 1990.
Celebrating more than 100 nations represented at Flint Hill, this annual festival of cultural heritages features the clothing, music, dance and traditions of our students and their families.
Closing Ceremonies and Eighth Grade Promotion
The end of the academic year comes to an end with Closing Ceremonies and Eighth Graders’ “promotion” to the Upper School. On the evening before the Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony, students participate in a semi-formal dance.
Grade 8 Service Fair
In eighth grade, as part of Flint Hill’s Community Service Program, students undertake an independent service project. Students must identify a need (i.e., hunger, homelessness, environmental degradation) within the community, choose a theme based on the need he or she has identified and find a non-profit project related to that theme. Students must then volunteer for a minimum of ten hours and design a poster (or other visual) describing their independent service commitment, which is used during a presentation to their peers during the Service Fair in early May.
Each winter, students in Grades 7-12 have the opportunity to participate in this annual trip to Maine for dog sledding, cross-country skiing and winter camping. Students lead their own dog teams across beautiful terrain by Lake Umbagog as they learn survival skills and connect with their peers in this “outdoor classroom.”