Responsible Risk-Taking, Resilience, and Student Advocacy
Seventh grade finds our students squarely in the midst of the developmental process of forming and exploring their identity. Our advisory program optimizes this transformative period by utilizing evidenced-based exercises that help students begin to identify current character strengths and those they wish to cultivate. Students are asked to explore questions such as: Who am I? Who do I want to be in the world? How can I develop and enhance my strengths? They ponder such personal qualities as resilience, kindness, grit, empathy, courage, humor, and curiosity among others.
Research reveals that character building helps create positive emotional and mental well-being. The advisory structure allows students to explore, reflect, and make connections with their peers. Additionally, students learn to internalize and take ownership of skills that make them unique, which results in them excelling at what they are good at and finding their place in the world. Advisory continues to be a time to assist students as they find their place socially, to allow them to feel secure academically, and to celebrate special days and milestones.
Academically, students at LFCDS continue to strive for excellence as they explore areas such as drama technique, art history, world music and drumming, world culture and US history, and Lego Robotics. More opportunities to embrace critical thinking and abstract reasoning occur. Students begin to have greater grade awareness as they see what a cumulative GPA looks like, and they seek to improve their academic achievements even as they enjoy more meaningful social interactions.
Highlights of the Seventh-Grade Experience
List of 11 items.
Experience team building during an overnight trip to Camp Matawa in Wisconsin
Attend School dances and participate in student government
Go on downtown Chicago field trips including the Oriental Institute and the Smart Museum at the University of Chicago
Robbie Bermingham Speaking Contest
Take part in the annual Robbie Bermingham Speaking Contest
Experience world culture through African drumming
History Comes to Life
Portray a Russian historical character in social studies
Take the SSAT and start exploring options for secondary school
Participate in varsity sports
World Language Cultural Experience
Enjoy a world language immersion lunch at a local restaurant
Engage in the North Chicago community partnership opportunity with neighboring schools
Participate in the First LEGO League Robotics Tournament
List of 20 members.
Chair of Science Department, Upper School Science Teacher, Upper School STEM+ Teacher