Test handmade popsicle stick bridges to understand physics. Perform your own archeological dig in the hills behind the baseball field to discover which society's goods you've encountered. Go on a field trip to the Asian Art Museum to see in person artifacts you have been studying. These are just some of the things you will do during Focus Days
To allow for richer and deeper hands-on experiences that take longer than a class period, the Middle School breaks from its daily schedule every Friday for daylong activities that bring together elements from all your classes. Middle School faculty have the unique opportunity to collaborate outside their class and department to create meaningful, interconnected experiences for students. Focus Days are one of the hallmarks of Athenian's Middle School experience.
Classic Athenian Focus Days
Panathanaea: Perform a dramatic presentation in handcrafted dress, cook Greek food, participate in an olive harvest, and compete in Olympic Style games in groups representing Greek city-states in this culminating day integrating art, social studies, English, and science.
Softballs in the gym: Exploring how to answer the question, "How many softballs can fit inside Athenian's gym?" students spend the day devising creative ways to measure the odd shape of our gymnasium.
Island Day: Travel between Pacific Islands (across Athenian's campus) with handmade goods for trade to experience the trade system firsthand.
Scratch Programming: Develop your own interactive animation program using Scratch, a powerful drag-and-drop programming language.
Field Trips: Search for geological evidence at Sibley Volcano, practice navigation skills while hiking in Las Trampas, volunteer at the Alameda County Food Bank, visit the Asian Art Museum, explore the chaparral of Black Diamond Mine, and visit the Immigration Station on Angel Island.