Unique Offerings

Music, Art, Theatre, and Communications/ Technical Theatre

performing artsIn grades five through eight, Prairie’s Performing and Fine Arts programs help students gain a wider appreciation of the arts and broaden their self-expression. Aspiring performing artists play instruments, sing in choirs, and act in theatrical productions in Prairie’s performing arts theatre. In media literacy, students learn about color and its impact on theatrical production.  The technical theatre class includes set production where scenery is created, and sound and lighting techniques are learned and utilized in a full musical production.

Fine Arts courses develop skills in drawing, painting, sculpting, papermaking, and working with clay. Young artists in grades seven and eight may also take glassblowing – Prairie is one of the only schools in the U.S. that teaches this medium to Middle School students.

Special Activities

Integrated, cross-curricular opportunities and off-campus experiences are important to the learning process. In grades five and six, our students learn about self-reliance and cooperation during the annual Environmental and Outdoor Education Program. Students in grades seven and eight take part in educational trips that take them to St. Louis, Mo and Washington D.C.

Physicality

Research shows active children perform better academically, so Middle School students participate in recess every single day, as well as taking a physical education class five out of every six days.

Community Service

Emily‘s Day is a day devoted to the memory of the vibrant life of Emily Maki, a TPS student who passed away while in the Middle School. In honor of Emily, the Middle School is introducing a Speakers and Service Series during the 2019-20 school year, to extend learning outside of the classroom to make connections with passionate leaders in a variety of academic areas.

Advisory Program

Prairie has a comprehensive advisor/advocacy program to help guide our students’ growth. Advisors meet with their students daily to discuss academic performance and social issues, and set personal goals. Advisors also maintain regular contact with parents to ensure the “communication triangle” is complete.

Co-Curricular Activities (Sports & Clubs)

Starting in 5th grade, Middle School students may choose to participate in a variety of extracurricular clubs, as well as both intramural and interscholastic sports. While the athletic competition is intense, a school-wide no-cut policy encourages participation and camaraderie as student-athletes begin learning and focusing on the finer points of their favorite sports.

2019-20 Club Information:

Goal: To provide a space for students to share ideas, explore new media, connect with the local art community, and be inspired by their peers.

Who Can Join? All MS students

When: C Day during Flex; Open studio time is available on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 3:45-4:45PM

Where: Lower Art Room

Cost: No charge

Leaders: Izzi Buikus

Goal: Students will be part of a four-person (maximum) team. Each team is responsible for reading about 40 books over 6 months’ time (each student is responsible for reading at least 10 books off of the list). Teams meet in March/April for a “Battle” in which questions are asked about the various books read.

Who Can Join? Grade 5

When: Lunch on B Days

Where: Dining Room

Cost: No charge, but students are responsible for obtaining a copy of each title assigned. One copy of each title will be available in the SRC, and one in the Grade 5 Reading classroom.

Leader: Ali Gasser and McKenzie Weaver

Goal: To chat about books, create art using books, and participate in special events throughout the year.

Who Can Join? Students in Grades 6-8

When: Lunch on E Days, as well as after school (depending on club member availability)

Where: SRC

Cost: No charge, except $5 for field trip in October to “YA Fandom Frenzy”

Leader: Jenny Cobb, Ali Gasser and McKenzie Weaver

Goal: Through chess, students learn disciplined thinking and benefit from the important life skills that chess teaches: problem solving, decision-making, coping, and patience. Chess enhances educational learning through new vocabulary, basic geometry, sportsmanship, and persistence.

Who Can Join? Students in Grades 5-8

When: Thursdays from 3:45-4:45PM, beginning on October 17th, 2019
Session 1 (10/15/19 – 12/10/19)
Session 2 (1/27/20 – 3/16/20)
Session 3 (4/6/20 – 6/1/20)

Where: M-21

Cost: $128

Leader: Alice Holt

Space is limited! Click here for the registration form, which can be returned with payment to the MS Office.

Goal: To explore aspects of Chinese culture and language through activities, videos, and games. Students are encouraged to practice speaking Chinese the entire time, unless the activity does not allow.

Who Can Join? Students in Grades 6-8 enrolled in Chinese classes

When: Lunch on E-days

Where: M-20

Cost: No charge

Leader: Alison Wojahn

Goal: To explore math through a variety of hands-on games and activities including Bouncy Dice Explosion, Glow In The Dark Geometry and Toilet Paper Olympics. Each 8 class session will provide various ways to show how fun math can be!

Who Can Join? Students in Grade 5

When: Wednesdays from 3:50-4:50PM, beginning on September 18th, 2019. We will offer 3 sessions throughout this school year. You can sign up for one or all of the sessions offered.

Where: M-22

Cost: No charge

Leader: Lynne Santalucia

Sessions are limited to the first 16 participants who register. Click here for dates and details.

Goal: To write and report in order to entertain and inform our Middle School community. Students will be part of a newspaper team. Students in Grades 5-8 may contribute stories, photos, and more; students in Grades 7/8 will serve as the leading editors.

Who Can Join? All MS students

When: Lunch on D Days, or from your device if you cannot make the meetings. Submissions must be planned ahead with the news team and meet the deadline.

Where: M-4 for Grades 5/6, M-11 for Grades 7/8

Cost: No charge

Leaders: Jennifer Cobb & Alicia Gasser

Goal: To educate ourselves and our community about how best we can use technology to our advantage.

Who Can Join? Students in Grades 5/6

When: Morning Meeting

Where: SRC

Cost: No charge

Leaders: Joy Aragones

Goal: To encourage girls to explore their interest in coding, while helping to bring awareness to an issue in their community.

Who Can Join? All MS students

When: Lunch on F Days

Where: M-3

Cost: No charge

Leaders: Joy Aragones

Goal: Student-directed explorations of history. Students pick a topic, research, and present. We play history qui games and watch documentaries. We are historians.

Who Can Join? All MS students

When: Lunch on F Days

Where: M-5

Cost: No charge

Leaders: Gardner Seawright

Goal: To learn the art of jazz and improvisation through listening, performance, and interaction with guest artists. We will participate in TPS Jazz Day and TPS Jazz Night at the Red Onion Cafe.

Who Can Join? Students in Grades 6-8

When: Lunch on B Days

Where: A-18

Cost: No charge

Leaders: Jamie Breiwick

Goal: Lego League brings students together to explore, create, test, and share ideas about science and technology, all centered around a team challenge.

Who Can Join? All MS students

When: Thursdays from 3:50-5:30PM, beginning October 3rd, 2019

Where: Wonder Lab (Maker Space, located in the Fieldhouse)

Cost: $50-$100 per student (includes materials and registrations)

Leader: James Lescher

Please pick up your student at the Fieldhouse doors at 5:30PM. The first team challenge will take place on Sunday, December 8th at Oak Creek High School.

Goal: A national middle school math club that builds problem-solving skills and fosters achievement through games, explorations, and problem sets.

Who Can Join? Students in Grades 6-8

When: Mondays from 3:50-4:50PM: Oct. 21st, Oct. 28th, Nov. 4th, Nov. 11th, Nov. 18th, Nov. 25th, Dec. 9th, Dec. 16th

Where: M-22

Cost: No charge

Leaders: Brianna Kunstman

Goal: To assist in tech delivery around the TPS campus.

Who Can Join? All MS students

When: Daily before and after school, as well as during lunch when announced

Where: Tech cave in the SRC

Cost: No charge

Leaders: Klay Shannon &  Alison Wojahn

Goal: To test your knowledge!

Who Can Join? All MS students

When: Session 1: After Parent-Teacher Conferences – Winter Break
Session 2: Winter Break – Mid-March
Session 3: Mid-March – End of the school year

Where: M-20

Cost: No charge

Leader: Alison Wojahn