The eighth grade met for their monthly Meeting for Business (MFB), a special Meeting for Worship focused on specific topics that are relevant to the grade. The eighth grade team began the practice two years ago so students could talk about social or academic concerns in a respectful space.
“The eighth grades appreciates the opportunity to talk about their own day-to-day life in this setting,” says grade dean Erin Timmer. “It helps them feel like they have a voice in and responsibility for shaping their daily school experience”.
Currently the eighth grade team sets the agenda or query for MFB, but as the year progresses students will learn to clerk the meeting and develop their own queries for discussion, similar to the Agenda Committee practice they’ll experience as 9th graders in Upper School.