Club membership begins in grade 6. Students will provide input regarding the possible club offerings via survey. Once the school is able to confirm feasibility for the club, students will be asked to make final choices. Club offerings and membership will change every semester and may include such choices as Mountain Biking, Hiking, Yoga, Photography, Fishing, Film Making, Speed and Agility, Chess, Shark Tank, DarFarm, Drama, and Golf.
Bringing content to life is one goal for the trip week in grades 6-8. Trips occur throughout the Southeast and vary in length from four to five days. While visiting places and having new experiences is our focus, the added benefits include bonding with classmates, personal independence, and shared memories to last a lifetime. Previous trips have included Living History, which includes travel to Jamestown, Williamsburg, Kitty Hawk and Pamplin Park, and Circle Georgia, which travels to Plains, Warm Springs, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Civil War Navy Museum in Columbus, Cumberland Island, and various sites in Savannah.
Students in grades 6-8 participate in advisory groups organized grade and gender. Sixth-grade students are paired with advisors that understand how to transition students to the middle school experience. Students move to a different advisor in seventh grade and will remain with this advisor during eighth grade. Advisory groups meet twice a week for 40 minutes. During this time, advisors take time to learn about each student, set goals, teach a curriculum that is based on the 40 assets from the Search Institute, develop activities that build community, and bond the advisees as a group. Being an advisor at Darlington signifies a strong commitment to the whole child. Each advisor is an advocate for the child and, in turn, develops a deep understanding of their advisees strengths, challenges, needs, and personal growth. Advisors work with teachers and parents to open lines of communication. Parents are asked to contact advisors if they have concerns about their child. Together, they will develop a plan to achieve success.
Student Council aims to develop leadership skills, give a voice to the student body, help students live the school’s mission, develop fun activities, build spirit, and solve school issues. The executive board of officers includes the president, activity representative, spirit representative and service representative. These positions are held by seventh- and eighth-graders who have been elected into office. There is also an advisory representative from each advisory group who attends meetings, collects information from the advisory group and shares information from the meetings with the advisory group. All members are expected to lead by example, attend meetings, listen to classmates, voice concerns and needs, organize activities, and attend events.
Inspired by the book “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds, Dot Day reminds us that we all can make a positive mark on the world. Darlington celebrates Dot Day by making it a service day for students in grades 6-8. Each advisory group identifies two projects (one on campus and one off campus) and spend the day working and helping others. Students can see first hand how many hands make light work and how a small act of kindness can make a positive impact on others.
Morning flagpole provides the opportunity to begin each day as a community and to celebrate each other and our many endeavors. Students in grade 3-8 meet in the Commons to share announcements, give updates on athletic teams, sing happy birthday to classmates and more. Flagpole ends with the recitation of Darlington’s mission statement and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Once every eight days, students in grades 6-8 come together for assembly to hear about topics that are important to their development. Our school counselor works with teachers and other members of our community to create assemblies that help bring understanding and life to our character education tenants. These tenants are a combination of our school motto and the 40 assets developed by the Search Institute. Our character tenants are friendship, commitment to learning, honor and integrity, respect and responsibility, empathy, courage, kindness, passion, community, and reflection and celebration.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is the largest Christian sports organization in America. The middle school FCA chapter meets every Thursday morning at 7:15 a.m. Meetings include breakfast, music, a short message, small group discussions, and time to hang out with friends.
The Buddy Program encourages friendship and interaction between students at different grade levels, in addition to providing an opportunity for older students to serve as role models for the younger children. Buddies meet at various intervals throughout the year for fun activities such as art projects, story time, buddy lunches, holiday projects and athletic events