31 ASB Middle School Handbook
There are a wide variety of sports, activities and clubs for students in the Middle School. Why
participate? We know that middle-level students will develop skills, self-confidence and self-
awareness more successfully if they seize the day and participate in a rich array of activities.
We’ve included brief descriptions of some of the activities/programs that are available to
students at ASB’s Middle School. If students have ideas for other activities besides those
mentioned below, these may be shared with the Activities and Athletic Director. The activities
program will only be as successful as each student helps it to be.
A variety of after-school activities is offered each year. Most activities are run in conjunction
with the ASIAC seasons and meet once a week for one and a half hour sessions – 3: 45 pm –
5: 15 pm. Students are encouraged to explore different interests and new experiences.
If a student works better in a supervised, structured environment where a teacher can
answer their questions, and help them organize their work - then Homework Club is the place
for them. Any student who needs a quiet place to study for an hour or two a week is welcome.
Additionally, if a student’s progress shows a need for extra time, assistance, or organization,
they can be assigned by a teacher, parent or counselor to the Homework Club. For students
referred to Homework Club, attendance is mandatory.
AMIS Honor Band and Choir Festival
ASB is a member of AMIS: The Association for Music in International Schools. AMIS is
dedicated to the promotion of excellence in all levels of music education. AMIS sponsors
a variety of music festivals annually, which are especially designed to benefit students in
international schools. Middle school students generally need to audition, be selected
and spend time working independently on their music before traveling to a choir and
The MS Production is an auditioned after school activity and generally there are two
productions a year. The MS seeks out large cast scripts and performance pieces to provide
opportunities on and off stage. Students are encouraged to take risks and to come along to
learn about each production and to audition knowing that it is not always possible to cast
everyone in the play. For this reason selections will be made within the first two weeks of
the season. This allows students to join other activities if they are not cast or to choose not
to participate further. Although we understand that some children may find this process
challenging, whether or not students are cast, this is an opportunity to understand the
audition process and the supportive risk taking that occurs within the artistic community.
ASIAC Drama Festival
The ASIAC Theatre Festival brings together 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students interested in
theater to study and share over a dynamic weekend of workshops and ensemble building
activities. The festival emphasizes cooperation and collaboration, without competition, which