The philosophy of the Middle School is that leadership is an important skill for girls to develop both within and outside the classroom. With this in mind, the Middle School offers numerous opportunities for girls to develop these skills. Each grade elects officers who carry out various functions at their grade level.
The fifth grade elects a president, vice president, and secretary-treasurer for each semester. The class officers are responsible for conducting class meetings, bringing concerns to the forefront, promoting class spirit and serving as role models. They represent the class at various school assemblies and take notes at meetings, keep track of permission slips and help keep their classmates informed about class activities.
The sixth grade class council, which is elected each semester, is made up of one representative from each advisor group. Each representative has shared responsibility in the management and governing of the council. The class council is charged with the responsibility and challenge of organizing whole class activities, running meetings and proposing and implementing service, academic and social events for the greater good of the sixth grade and the Hathaway Brown School community.
The seventh grade class council is comprised of one representative from each advisor group. The members of the council are responsible for promoting class spirit, building community and addressing the challenges faced by the class. Members of the class council plan activities, lead class meetings and help maintain the seventh grade neighborhood area. Each class council member is expected to represent her advisor group's ideas, as well as set a positive example for her classmates.
Eighth grade officers are elected for the entire year. The class officers include a president, activity coordinator and secretary. Elected officers serve as role models for their classmates and act as agents for change for the betterment of the class. In addition, they are responsible for setting agendas and running class meetings, overseeing committees, planning activities and building class identity and community spirit. They are expected to represent the concerns of the class, let everyone have a fair say and ensure that class activities are inclusive.