EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Today, we think of such extra activities as a given in the Middle School.We have electives and clubs and have been offering them for years. In the late 1990’s through the spring, 2002, I recall teaching electives during first period-- from the western film to Alfred Hitchcock. As a movie buff who became hooked at an early age, I have always relished talking about movies to anyone who would listen-- I wonder why people run away from me.

When I came to Graland, afternoon activities were not as plentiful as they are now -- we did have cooking in the old Upper School kitchen that doubled as a faculty lounge as well as the Thesaurus(the school yearbook),  the Sentinel(the student newspaper), the Literary Review, typing, jewelry making, courtroom law, art & crafts, etc.

According to Tuck Ganzenmuller, a former head of Upper School, the school discovered in the late 60’s, “Traditional academic curriculum was insufficient in providing a viable outlet for student needs and feelings. Without losing sight of Graland’s strong academic program, curricular and extracurricular activities were made with careful planning, to bolster morale, improve faculty-student relations, and maintain a positive, warm environment of cooperation.”

In addition to the afternoon activity periods, the school began to offer Life Education classes and began a series of overnight field trips, the forerunner of our current trip program in the Middle School. More on trips of that era in my next installment of school history.
 
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Graland Country Day School

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Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.