Sep 21, 2021

Middle School Introduces House System

 

Earlier this month, the middle school launched its new school House System. Over the last four years, middle school leadership has researched the "house system" idea, visiting other schools and collecting information about how it might elevate the culture and community of the middle school. Last year, the idea was piloted by mixing students into groups across the middle school and enjoying friendly competitions throughout the school year.

This school year, efforts have been formalized, building our own official MPCS middle school House System that supports the mission and vision of our school. All 300 middle school students and 30 middle school faculty were divided equally into five different houses based on scripture: Phileo, Chara, Aequitas, Gratia, and Veritas. Each house is led by two house deans (teachers) and two student leaders and contains a chaplain and spirit chairperson.

Middle School Introduces House System

 

ABOUT THE FIVE HOUSES

Phileo: 

  • Meaning: Love
  • Color: Ruby (passion, confidence, determination, and adventure)
  • Scripture: John 15:13
  • Representation: Heart, rose, sprig of leaf, crown, and cross

Chara:

  • Meaning: Joy
  • Color: Emerald (love, compassion, and abundance)
  • Scripture: Psalm 5:11
  • Representation: Sun, stars, and cross

Gratia:

  • Meaning: Grace
  • Color: Amber (warmth, wellbeing, and nurturing)
  • Scripture: Ephesians 2:8-9
  • Representation: Lion, lamb, and leather strapping

Veritas:

  • Meaning: Truth
  • Color: Sapphire (mental focus and order, wisdom, and insight)
  • Scripture: Psalm 25:5
  • Representation: Tree of life, roots, Bible, and vines

Aequitas:

  • Meaning: Justice
  • Color: Onyx (focus, discipline, and self-mastery)
  • Scripture: Psalm 106:3
  • Representation: Scales of justice, greenery, and crossed swords

Every Wednesday, the students will proudly wear their house T-shirts and engage in House Block, a 30-minute period set aside for house competitions, house meetings, and whole school assemblies. Each house will earn points for a multitude of reasons, including performance of in-house competitions, as well as the consistent demonstration of Christian character, service, and pride for their house. Houses will earn rewards for their achievements with one house earning the ultimate prize — House Champion — at the end of the year.

The successful launch of the House System this year is the result of a great body of work and strong commitment to create a middle school experience that is defined by “an innovative culture of academics, faith, family, and fun.” Adding this program to our middle school this year, alongside other programs, such as FUSION retreat, advisement, Eagle Ambassadors, and recess, will provide even greater support to nurturing the whole student. All of our students will be able to leverage the opportunity to create new friendships, develop skills through teamwork, and embrace various leadership opportunities.


Announcements

December 1 - MPCS Family Christmas

December 2-3 - Freedom 2.0 Retreat

Grades 9-11

December 2-3 - Freedom 2.0 Retreat

Grades 9-11

December 4 - Mock SAT/ACT

December 7 - Business-Owners Breakfast, 8:00 a.m.

December 7 - Band and Orchestra Christmas Concert, 7:00 p.m.

December 9 - Campus Preview, 9:00 a.m.

For prospective families

December 9 - Campus Preview, 9:00 a.m.

For prospective families

December 9 - Choral Christmas Concert, 7:00 p.m.

December 9 - "Living Biblically" Parent Theology Class

December 10 - Men of Mount Paran

December 11 - First LEGO League Robotics Tournament

December 11 - Serve Saturday

December 13-16 - High School Tests

End-of-Semester Testing

December 13-16 - High School Tests

End-of-Semester Testing

December 14 - ParentEd.: Teaching Fiscal Responsibility to Teens

7:00 p.m., Kristi Lynn Theatre

December 14 - ParentEd.: Teaching Fiscal Responsibility to Teens

7:00 p.m., Kristi Lynn Theatre

December 15 - NO Late Start

December 17 - Early Release

Carpool Dismissal Times:
Pink: 11:00 a.m.
Tan: 11:15 a.m.
White/Blue/Red/Green: 11:30 a.m.
Orange/Gray/Purple: 11:45 a.m.
Yellow: 12:00 p.m.
Black: 12:00 p.m.

December 17 - Early Release

Carpool Dismissal Times:
Pink: 11:00 a.m.
Tan: 11:15 a.m.
White/Blue/Red/Green: 11:30 a.m.
Orange/Gray/Purple: 11:45 a.m.
Yellow: 12:00 p.m.
Black: 12:00 p.m.

December 20 - January 3 - Christmas Break, No School

January 4 - Students Return, Classes Resume

January 20 - Lower School Parent Learning Walk

8:00 a.m., current families

January 20 - Lower School Parent Learning Walk

8:00 a.m., current families

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