Middle School Student Life
Academic Teams and Clubs
The Bear Creek School and the Middle School offer a variety of academic teams and clubs to meet the interests of our students. These teams currently include a chess team, Science Olympiad team, and math teams. If students have a particular interest, they are encouraged to speak with the Middle School Division Head about organizing a club.
Icebreaker and Grade 8 Retreat
Students and faculty kick off the school year with a fun ‘break the ice’ overnight event. During these two days off campus, students participate in games and activities that encourage friendships and bonding, spiritual growth, teamwork, and leadership. This event sets a positive tone for the entire school year and creates fun memories to last a lifetime.
Each spring, grade 8 students attend an end-of-year, residential retreat. This is an exciting opportunity for students to: strengthen relationships prior to entering Upper School; reflect on previous years at Bear Creek and reinforce memories of the Middle School experience; acknowledge God’s provision, protection, purpose, and guidance during this time period; and be formally recognized as ‘graduates’ of Bear Creek's Middle School.
Service Leadership Clubs
Middle School Service Leadership Clubs are student-driven service clubs that give students the opportunity to identify and serve needs in their school or community and develop valuable skills in project planning, execution, and evaluation. Each club is advised by a faculty member, but activities and planning are left largely in the hands of students. In 2013-2014, clubs provide academic tutoring and support to Lower School students, Chapel planning, military support, Middle School social connections, and several other activities.
Ski & Snowboard Program
At the conclusion of JanTerm, Bear Creek kicks off the annual ski and snowboard program. “Ski Fridays” are highly anticipated by our Middle and Upper students each year. This is a great opportunity for students to unwind after finals week, and enjoy a day off from school. The program runs for four weeks, and is open to all Middle School and Upper School students (no prior ski/snowboard experience is necessary). Registration information for this program is distributed in the fall and pre-registration is required. Packages may be purchased which include chartered bus transportation to and from Stevens Pass, lessons and reduced-price lift tickets (package components may also be purchased separately). Unless they are at an advanced level, students are highly encouraged to enroll in lessons.
Middle School socials provide an opportunity for students and faculty to enjoy recreational time together outside of school. The socials may be held on or off campus, and are planned and organized by the Middle School students. An average of student-organized socials are held per year, with an additional social sponsored by the PTF. Students are encouraged to submit ideas for socials and activities. The Socials also provide an opportunity for parent chaperones to join the students and teachers in some after-school fun. In previous years, Middle School students have enjoyed socials at Family Fun Center, Sounders games, Mariners games, and Bob's Corn Maze.
In Middle School, students participate in a number of different subject-related field trips. Learning by experience—doing, seeing, feeling, and touching—provides meaningful and long lasting learning.