This year, the Middle School at GEMS is starting a new initiative to increase opportunities to build relationships and connections during our lunch and wellness time. Each week, students will have choices for their recess or wellness with supervised activities like the walking path, team games, yoga, or dance. Then lunchtimes for groups and clubs to play and explore together just like Art Club, Technology Club, Student Council, and board games. Students will still have the option to choose a traditional cafeteria lunch and open recess in their choices.
How does this work? Each Wednesday, students will have a menu of options to choose from for the following week. Students will select their preferred choices and opportunities to explore the following week. These groups are fluid so they can try different options each week.
This also enables us to reduce the size of students that are eating together which will hopefully help us stay safe and healthy. Most clubs will meet in classrooms with groups far less than a normal classroom size.
We are excited about bringing more options to our students and see how they connect with others and find new interests and opportunities to explore!