Students are introduced to parliamentary debate where they learn critical thinking skills, research competence, reading comprehension, media and argument literacy, evidence evaluation, summarizing and outlining, and public speaking. They will prepare arguments with logical reasoning while evaluating and understanding issues from more than one perspective. Students foster sensitivity to bias, build confidence, and work together.
The parliamentary form of debate consists of a discussion in which participants articulate, justify, and clarify their positions on an issue. In this informal debate plan, rebuttals attempt to refute statements made by the opposing side.
Participation on the debate team requires work done outside of school, attending tournaments on 4-6 Saturdays, and weekly meetings once a week after school. Due to COVID, some tournaments may be held via Zoom; other tournaments may not allow for parents to view their children's debates to allow for social distancing. Parents may need to pay a tournament fee or volunteer to be a judge. Additional information about expectations and tournament details will be shared with families at one of the first debate team meetings.
After School Sports are available to all 5th - 8th grade students. Teams participate in an intramural sports program with other local private schools.
Students who have an interest in graphic design and have learned PhotoShop may choose to be on the yearbook committee. Ms. Russell is the advisor.
Due to COVID-19, please contact the front office for the most up to date information on any of our extracurricular activities.