A word to parents from the Site Council...
A good extracurricular program provides an environment which fosters interpersonal relationships and stimulates creativity. In this environment students can interact more freely and less formally; appropriate risks can be taken with less fear of failure; rules can be developed as the need arises; and real problems can be solved. Clubs offer students the opportunity to make connections with peers and adults in a different, yet compatible way. Within the middle school, extracurricular activities usually have one of five different content emphases:
1. Community Service/Student Leadership
2. Hobbies and special interests
3. Skill acquisition and personal improvement
4. Performance and communication
Obviously, these categories are not mutually exclusive; however, they can be useful in determining if the content of an activity program is sufficiently diversified. A good extracurricular program for middle-school students includes offerings from these content areas.
The second dimension is the diversity of talents nurtured. Although there are several ways of conceptualizing human talent, there are eight that seem important in the development of the young; artistic; interpersonal; leadership and managerial; mechanical; musical; physical; scientific-mathematical; verbal. All eight should be represented in a strong extracurricular program.
Each year we initiate this program with support from the PTA and Site Council. The club offerings support the middle school stipended extra-curricular activity program. The PTA-sponsored club offerings are described on the following pages. As always, we evaluate our efforts, make the necessary improvements and then as appropriate, expand the program. If you have any questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact the specific sponsor of the activity, or Ms. Turner at (781) 861-2460. Scholarships to cover materials fees are available through the PTA, and requests should be written and directed to Ms. Turner.
It is the policy of the Lexington Public Schools not to discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or handicap in its educational programs, services, activities, or employment practices as required by Ch.151B of the General Laws of 1947; Ch.622 of the Acts of 1971, Massachusetts General Laws; Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.