Students are getting to know RHAM Middle School - and each other

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Mon., Sep. 9, 2013
(L-r): Trevor Cole, Julian Prieto and Kieran Leary participate in a team-building exercise at RHAM Middle School on Sept. 6.  Photos by Melanie Savage.
(L-r): Trevor Cole, Julian Prieto and Kieran Leary participate in a team-building exercise at RHAM Middle School on Sept. 6. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Middle school is a tough time in any person’s life, and it can be a treacherous time for some kids. For kids entering RHAM Middle School, there is the added pressure of coming into an environment with kids from outside towns. Many kids from the sending towns of Hebron, Marlborough and Andover have been in school together since pre-school, and are meeting students from other towns for the first time. This can be an anxiety-provoking experience. But it can also be an opportunity to make new friends.

Team-building days, held for many years at RHAM Middle School at the beginning of each school year, seek to lessen potential anxieties, capitalize upon the potential for making new friends, and set the stage for approaching the middle school years as an opportunity for growth. The event, held this year on Sept. 6, brings incoming seventh-graders together for a day of activities designed to foster an atmosphere of cooperation and community. Students rotate within their own “teams” (red, blue, gold) to a number of different stations. They work together with their fellow students, as well as their classroom teachers, to complete activities such as relay races and surveys, each designed to help kids learn each other’s names and encourage them to work together in a fun atmosphere to solve a task.

Team-building day is sponsored by AHM Youth Services. “It’s about becoming part of the RHAM community,” said RHAM Middle School-based AHM social worker Aquila Beach. A morning activity with the Interactive Youth Theater focused on the topic of bullying. RHAM High School students also attended the morning session, talking to the younger students about their own experiences. “They talk about how they survived middle school,” said Beach.

Students are encouraged to get involved in clubs, sports and other activities to facilitate inclusion in the RHAM community. “It’s about venturing out and stepping outside the box,” said Beach.


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