An Independent School • Grades 5-12

by Elaine Christensen, Middle School director

There are so many special Lakeside Middle School rituals that launch the school year. They help set the tone and establish the values that make our school a special place. One of these rituals is the 8th grade-5th grade buddy program. On the second day of school, groups of three 8th graders were assigned to a 5th grader. They were given all kinds of art supplies and asked to create four cards that would be distributed to the 5th grader over the course of the next few weeks. This ritual says to the 5th graders: “We care about you. We are glad you are here.” This ritual says to the 8th graders: “You set the tone and your positive, inclusive leadership matters.” Here are some pictures of the 8th graders hard at work on their cards and posters.