For her Science Independent Study Project (SISP), seventh grader Mia Zebrauskas has installed motion-activated cameras on the Stuart Nature Trail to learn about wildlife biodiversity and populations on our campus. Beginning in the fall, the seventh and eighth grade students embarked on a year-long Science Independent Study Project (SISP) in which the girls were asked to use the scientific method to explore a question relating to a topic they are passionate about. Students researched their topics and came up with an important question to answer using experimentation.
The Middle School at Stuart
The Middle School years are a time for Stuart girls to discover who they are, what they want to become and how they want to make a difference in the world. We challenge and support our girls through this process as they mature spiritually, intellectually, emotionally and physically.
Our innovative curriculum and 1:1 iPad program provide students with essential 21st century skills, including effective communication, critical thinking and problem solving. Outside the classroom, girls develop an awareness and commitment to social justice through discussion and service to others.
A comprehensive advisory program, extensive club offerings, strong athletics and an exchange student opportunity in eighth grade allow our girls to build confidence in their abilities to lead, compete and collaborate.
On Thursday, the entire seventh grade class embarked on a journey to the Brandywine Valley Attractions in Pennsylvania and Delaware. The first stop was the Delaware Museum of Natural History where the focus was on habitats. The girls learned about all of the major biomes, a topic that they will be applying in the classroom later in the year as well as during their project-based learning experience. Before enjoying the beautiful orchids at Longwood Gardens, they refueled at Neuchatel Swiss Chocolates and on the Herr's Snack Factory Tour. On Friday, the students woke up bright and early to meet the avian life at first light in the world-class bird watching area, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. The students were lead by experienced bird watchers from the Delmarva Ornithological Society. As the expedition headed back to Princeton on Friday afternoon, the seventh grade students experienced a Delaware tradition at Grotto Pizza.
Samantha Ryan has been leading Stuart girls for more than a decade, teaching our young women to have a greater understanding of their minds and bodies. As a health teacher in the Middle School and Upper School, Mrs. Ryan is admired and respected for her fearless approach to sensitive topics related to health and adolescence.
Last week the eighth grade students attended their first retreat which was led by juniors Grace Sheppard and Priscilla Francois through campus ministry. The two Upper School girls facilitated all of the activities, discussion groups and shared their own personal experiences to serve as relatable role models for the eighth graders. The retreat was an opportunity to pause from their busy school lives and reflect on their spirit, their eighth grade community and their spiritual lives.