Our mission is to educate children and instill in our students a love of learning and the abilities to think critically, live ethically, and appreciate the value of each individual.

Middle School

Learning in Middle School extends beyond the core academics

Middle School (grades 6 through 8) provides students with a multitude of opportunities to explore and practice academic excellence, ethics, and community. In preparing our students to be global citizens and critical thinkers, we strive to create learning opportunities that actively involve students in all aspects of exploration, sense making, and learning through multiple lenses, perspectives, and representations. Learning in Middle School extends beyond the core academics to include character education, visual arts, performing arts, outdoor education, ethics, foreign language and cultures, and physical education to more actively engage the mind and body.

Summer Brain Drain

During summer break, many students experience a loss of skills commonly called the summer “brain drain.” Summer reading, writing, and math can prevent this by keeping minds active and building focus.

McGillis middle school students are asked to read one required book and one “choice” book, as well as complete a summer math packet The required book is given to each student. The “choice” book can be borrowed from a library or purchased. Of course, we strongly encourage students to always have a book that they are reading and to not settle for reading only two books this summer. In the math packet, solutions are provided so that students can check their thinking as they go. We strongly encourage students to do a little math each week, rather than cram it all in during the first or last weeks of summer.

We look forward to welcoming all students back to school in late August, ready for new learning! In case you have misplaced the summer assignments, here they are:


Students also submitted their preferences for Explorations classes for the 2017-18 school year, in case this sheet was misplaced:

6th Grade Explorations
7th Grade Explorations
8th Grade Explorations

Summer Reading Ideas

6th-8th Grade Recommended Summer Reading List from Ms. Novotny

Middle School Information 2017-2018


Office Hours/Study Hall

Each teacher has office hours twice a week. Students may use office hours for assistance from teachers in a specific class. Office hours also provide a great opportunity for students to have a quiet place to work, similar to a study hall. Students may use office hours to complete homework, study for exams, or read. Work from any subject can be done during any teacher’s office hours. If your student would benefit from an opportunity for study hall before or after school, please have her/him take advantage of teacher office hours.

High School Selection Information

The McGillis School proudly partners with families to find the high school of best fit for each student. Families are encouraged to spend time at the schools they are considering; for students, these are called "shadow days." We also encourage families to set a time to meet with Jocelyn, Melanie, Sallie, and/or teachers to discuss the high schools that may be a good fit for their child.

Our fifth annual High School Information Fair will be Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 6:30-8:00 P.M.

List of High Schools attending the High School Information Fair

Click here for a document to begin your thinking about "Choosing the High School of Best Fit," and a timeline of events for 7th and 8th grades.

Click here for a summary of 2016-2017 contact information and important admission dates for schools that attended our fair. 

Click here for a printable table that can be used to organize information about the various high schools that you may be exploring. 

Click here to view a Middle School, and beyond, math flow chart. This document is meant as a guide to illustrate the two math paths in Middle School and how these paths may feed into a high school program.

High Schools that participate in our Fairs:

Middle School Curriculum Overviews