Middle School Dances
Middle School dances are on Fridays—usually three per year.
Each grade sponsors one dance. Students and parents are enlisted for set up, decorating, clean up, or shopping for supplies. Grade-level team leaders will let you know how you can help.
Dance evenings are accompanied by a range of emotions from enthusiasm to disappointment—sometimes during the same one-hour period. You might find that your son or daughter talked about the dance for weeks in advance but has trouble getting out of the car—it’s OK.
Dances are a big deal to the students. We all know this. We make a special effort to watch out for students who are upset or emotional as a result of things that might occur throughout the evening.
The kids are told the rules, and the 6th grade spends class meeting time discussing what happens during the event. Students are not allowed to leave the Barn or the porch, and they must check in with an adult at the front door when they arrive.
You can also talk to your child about what to expect—not much has changed since your own middle school days. Young people still dance in front of the mirror before they leave the house, some dance, some hang out, and the festivities still end with the longest, most timeless song ever—"Stairway to Heaven." Remember that?
Parents are welcome to check out how the Barn is transformed for the night, see the food spread (just snacks and breath mints), sample the music (provided by a DJ), or share information with a teacher (tell him or her about a student’s need for an early departure, for example) but middle school dances are for the students. It’s their chance to be independent. The only adults that stay for the entire three hours are the teacher-chaperones.
Sometimes during dances PFA reps and Barbara Ostos host parent evenings on various topics. Stay tuned to the Peek at the Week for future topics.
There is typically a small admission or donation fee to attend the dance. On occasion, there are themes. We’ll let you know!
If you have questions about the dance, please ask your child’s C&C advisor. He or she can address any questions or concerns you might have.