Middle School students are given the opportunity to investigate new topics and find their passions in a non-graded environment. Exploration period, or E-Period, is a time for students to join clubs, do research, and get involved in activities. Students can choose from several selections, or even create their own. E-Period options change each semester. The girls are encouraged to try new things, dig deeper, and tell their own stories. Additional opportunities, such as Prejudice Awareness Summit, are available during alternate times.
E-Period offerings include:
Altar Guild works together to create new ways of loving the Episcopal Church by thinking about chapel, outdoor experiences, new music, and fun camp games!
Art Studio thinks outside the box using various medium to create collaborative art projects.
Cipher Sisters figures out “Who dunnit?” while exploring (and perhaps even solving!) mysteries.
Creative Writing and Journaling draws, writes, collages, scrapbooks by expressing oneself visually in a journal or stepping into the world of a writer!
Express Yourself explores singing, dancing, moving, musical theatre, improv, etc.
Global Girls investigates languages, places, cultures, and current events while building connections with people around the world.
HER-story researches and explores student-chosen historical events.
Junior Classical League immerses students in the literature and culture of ancient Greece and Rome, while preparing for the JCL convention and meeting other classics lovers in RVA.
Leadership elected teams from each grade level meet together to brainstorm how to expand our Core Values.
Library Leaders helps shape and inform the future of the Wright Library as a student hub for our St. Catherine’s community.
Outdoor Adventures learns to pitch a tent, plan a trip, and explore the great outdoors all while attending to safety and working together.
Robotics builds robots, solves challenges, and competes! Students who are part of our FIRST LEGO League robotics challenge will be preparing for their competitions during this time.
SOCKS (Serving Our Community Kids’ Style) makes a hands-on difference in RVA and around the world.
Slideshow Bob and the Daisies students become their own personal mix-masters as they learn to mesh image and sound to create personal, meaningful, and smileful slideshows using Photos, GarageBand, and iMovie.
Sports Reports helps spread the word about our impressive sports teams by planning pep busses, communicating sports scores, and capturing the action in photo and video!
The Visionary creates and publishes the Middle School online newspaper.
Walk and Talk exercises together with friends and faculty and discovers more about our campus and classmates one step at a time!