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Student Leadership Opportunities:

Student Council
Safety Patrol
Student Lighthouse Team
Geek Squad
New leadership positions for students are also posted daily on the job board!

Middle School Sports:

Girls’ Volleyball
Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball
Girls’ Softball

Notable Activities:

Winter and Spring Music Performances and Musical Productions
Upper and Lower School Choir
Graphic Arts Program
School Newspaper: The “Fit Fin” – See Below
Philly Ad Club
Reading Olympics
Yearbook Committee
Band
Media Hub – See Below

What is MYA (Middle Years Academy)

Our Middle School, known as the Middle Years Academy (MYA) is a small academy within a small school.  Students in grades 6-8 cycle through their four major subject areas on the third floor of the school, have monthly incentive activities & trips, and are expected to fill many of the leadership roles on the Student Lighthouse Team.  They have a role in choosing the monthly MYA incentives, planning fundraisers, and in planning school activities such as assemblies and talent show.

What is the PSTV Media Hub program?

PSTV has been provided a grant through Comcast to bring media technology to select schools. Dobson has been selected along with (4) other elementary schools ( 200 schools applied) to pilot the program.

The Media Hub will provide students hands on learning through school based and after-school programs.  Utilizing programs such as: Garage Band and IMovies.

HOW DOES DIGITAL MEDIA TRANSLATE TO EDUCATION IN THE CLASSROOM?

Media is an investment into the future. Videos are powerful and persuasive ways of representing and connecting schools and communities to the public. Media has been proven to enable and empower student voices through creativity and applied skills. Studies show that students engaged in the media arts creates strong communication, pro social interaction, critical thinking and writing skills that support the everyday learner.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

This year students in grades 5-8 may apply to be part of the Media Hub Team.

Like a traditional studio, we will have various departments:

  • Talent- on air reporters: sports, arts, entertainment, community
  • Creative- set design, graphic artists
  • Pre-Production- storyboard, writers
  • Post- Production- editing, sound,
  • Advertising- promotion, marketing

WHAT WILL THE CONTENT CONSIST OF?

  • Public Service Announcements (PSA)
  • Leader in Me
  • School concerts/events
  • Classroom Pride
  • After-school sports
  • Your ideas are Welcome!

Watch PSTV on Comcast/Xfinity Channel 52, Verizon Fios Channel 20, and online.

 What is the Dobson “Fit Fin”?

The “Fit Fin” is James Dobson’s own newspaper. Children learn how to gather reliable and relevant health information that they can report on in print, online, and through video and share with their school and community. Woven throughout the program are opportunities for students to gain writing and interviewing skills; to investigate, critically appraise and use health information; and to converse with medical experts, teachers, and community members.

Fit Fin functions like a miniature city newsroom with high journalistic standards and oversight. The student journalists conduct interviews, participate in press conferences, and write and illustrate stories on fitness, nutrition, safety, and more. Through this process they develop research and critical thinking skills.

In addition to the variety of health-related topics that our students report on, we also allow them the opportunity to focus on a “special topic” each year to provide more in-depth coverage and activities on important and relevant subjects such as prescription drug safety and heart-health.

 

Last modified: March 7, 2018