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Learning Updates for February 7 to February 11

February 11, 2022

Seventh Grade Math Digs Into Proportions & Percents

In unit 4 of their math class recently, seventh grade students have been studying proportional relationships and percents. After revisiting proportional relationships, the bulk of the unit dives into percent increase and decrease and real-world applications of these topics. Students applied their knowledge of percent change to solve real-world problems involving concepts like sales tax, tipping, discounts, markup, markdown, and commission. As a wrap-up for this unit, students designed a concept for a store and created flyers advertising a sale at their store. In addition to creating a flyer, students completed work to show how the prices of their items compare before and after the discount is applied.

– Elinor Klein, middle school math teacher

Celebrating Black History Month in Spanish Class

Culture is a determining factor in language learning, and celebration is a big part of Latin American cultures. During this month in Spanish class, we are celebrating Black History Month and honor Afro-Latinx in the different areas of their contribution to the United States Culture. Eight-grade Spanish students learned about Afroliatinidad and worked on various projects, creating posters, tear-off flyers with the music of Afrolatino bands, and biographies. Many of those projects are now on display in the sixth grade hallway.

– Ana Maria Restrepo, middle school Spanish teacher

PE Update: Lighting the Torch of Olympic Challenges

The Olympics creed states, “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.” In this spirit, our little Olympians-in-training have embraced the struggle this winter with joy and athleticism.

At various stations in physical education classes this week, students have attempted various Olympic challenges, whether it is working on hockey skills, synchronized yoga, curling, or slaloming through obstacles, our students have shown that they will try just about anything and do it with a smile. There are no medals at stake but after showing off their stuff there are always plenty of shout-outs to go around.

– Alex Tzelnic, physical education teacher

Eighth Grade Social Studies Examines US Civil War & Slavery

Eighth graders wrapped up their study on the US Civil War this week by considering contrasting arguments from two historians about whether the majority of the credit for freeing enslaved people should go to Abraham Lincoln or the enslaved people and freedom seekers themselves. They also looked at a number of ways that Americans currently think about and interact with the Civil War and considered questions about when the Civil War should be taught and what should be taught about it. Next week, they’ll do their summative assessment for the unit: a research project about anything connected to the Civil War that they choose. We look forward to seeing what they learn and create!

– Kate Burns, middle school social studies teacher

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June 7, 2024

PE Update: First Graders Explore Their Athletic Identities At Belmont Day we often say that every student is an athlete. But what does that actually mean? Our Athletic Identity Project is a chance for first graders to explore that idea…

By John O'Neill, Director of Athletics |

June 7, 2024

Recipients of the 2023 Coaches’ Awards returned to campus Thursday afternoon for the Athletics Banquet. Before recognizing this year’s award winners, Liam Brodeur, Avery Schneider, Nebiyou Elias, and Quincy Treisman shared some advice with this year’s graduating class and then…

By John O'Neill, Director of Athletics |

May 31, 2024

Belmont Day’s mountain biking team has grown exponentially in gnarliness since its inception four years ago. This year’s squad benefitted from extended Monday rides, leveling up throughout the season, and culminating in the first-ever MTB “away game” at Great Brook…

By Devan Fitzpatrick, middle school learning support specialist and club advisor |

May 28, 2024

Our middle school chess club hosted a tournament against Milton Academy on Saturday, May 18. The type of tournament that they played was the Swiss System, which enables all students to play every round. Students from both teams played with…
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