The Class of 2022 Aims to Redesign the 8th Grade Experience
With just eight weeks left in the 2020-2021 school year, the Class of 2022 is already preparing for their final year as Highlands students. Our 8th grade class at Highlands traditionally has more freedom in their academic experience and serves as leaders of the student body. With the added privileges, though, comes great responsibility, and the Class of 2022 is already making waves.
Recently, Ms. Vasil hosted the annual 7th grade rite of passage known as the “Head of School Dinner.” Usually held at Ms. Vasil’s home, the evening is a special time where the students come together with administrators and Middle School faculty to discuss the excitement and responsibilities that come with being a Highlands 8th grader. This year, due to social distancing measures, the 7th grade gathered in the Student Life Center for the first evening event of the 2020-2021 school year. That is where Ms. Vasil challenged the students to “redesign” their 8th grade experience.
As Parker N. ’22 noted, “We have missed out on a lot of our middle school journey because of COVID-19 and we want to make next year special.” Gus G. ’22 agreed that the students have so much to look forward to next year and they all desire a “fresh start.” Collectively, the students brainstormed ideas such as reprising the middle school lounge, conducting student-taught electives, and changing the location of the middle school trip, as well as ways they can interact with the younger grades.
In the wake of the pandemic, we all have been forced to think outside the box and reinvent our normal Highlands traditions. We look forward to seeing what the Class of 2022 accomplishes in the next few months as they work with the Highlands faculty to see their ideas into fruition.
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Highlands School's 'whole child' approach to education and commitment to academic excellence, creative expression, and leadership development prepare and motivate students in grades 4k through 8 to make a positive difference in an ever-changing world. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Highlands School holds dual accrediation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Associations of Independent Schools (SAIS).