Middle School Mondays Programming

BTC members have the chance to sign up for special classes offered on Mondays and other days during the week.  Many of the classes are available at no additional cost, but some programming offered by outside providers carries an additional charge.  Check out the list below to see what classes are available.  More programming opportunities are added throughout the year.

Money should not be a barrier in signing up for classes that have a fee.  If you need a partial or full scholarship for a class, please email George at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

Your middle school student must be a member at the BTC in order to sign up for classes online.  Click here to register your child as a member.

 

Rock Band: Burgeoning young musicians of all experience levels are invited to join us in starting a middle school rock band! The band will meet weekly to work on preparing a 3-5 song set, to be performed for the BTC community at the end of the fall semester. Kids will choose songs based on their own interest and gain valuable experience playing and collaborating with each other. Through this process, kids will learn music theory, listening skills, and improvisation while getting exposure to new kinds of music. Emphasis will be on having fun and learning to connect their new knowledge and skills to the music they are most passionate about.

  • There is no cost to participate in Rock Band, but students must be a BTC member to participate.
  • Interested students and their parents can email BTC’s music specialist, Wes Kaplan, at wkaplan@brooklineteencenter.org with questions or to sign up. 

 

Girls LEAP Self-Defense Program: This program, run by Girls LEAP, empowers girls and young women through an integration of self-reflective and physical self-defense skills.  Self-Reflective skills include topics such as conflict resolution, setting boundaries, courage, finding support, and healthy relationships and friendships. Physical Self-Defense skills focus on girl-specific physical safety techniques.

  • Class runs at the Brookline Teen Center on Thursdays from 3:15 – 5:15 PM.
  • Class runs for 10 weeks from September 27th through December 6th.  There is no class on 11/22.
  • Class is capped at 25 students.  A minimum of 15 students are required to run this class.
  • This class is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls who are members of the BTC.
  • There is no cost for this class, but participants must be a member of the BTC.  To register, email George at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.
  • If you have any questions, you can reach out to George Zahka at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Bike Repair 101 – Want to learn how to change a flat tire, or patch a tube?  What do you do if your brakes are rubbing on your tire or the chain falls off your bike?  Come to the Brookline Teen Center Makerspace to learn bike repair basics from a professional mechanic.  The outline for the six week class is:

1: Bike anatomy, disassemble and identify major components.
2: Tires and Wheels, fix a flat
3: Cables and common wear items.
4: Drive System, chains and shifting
5: Brakes, cleaning and adjustments
6: Bearings, identifications and evaluations of bearing types

  • This class meets for 6 Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00PM in the BTC Makerspace, beginning October 16th and ending November 20th (10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20).
  • Class is capped at 4 students, and open to BTC members in grades 6-8.
  • There is a $50 fee for this class, and students must be BTC members.
  • To register, click here.  If you have questions please email George at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Brookline Robotics: Brookline Robotics seeks to engage middle school students of all kinds in STEM and robotics. Through our First Lego League teams, we aim to teach students the basics and beyond of robotics and programming through a hands-on, investigative approach. We’re open to any experience level, novice to expert!  Brookline Robotics is made possible by the support of many enthusiastic high school volunteers, adult volunteers, and the support of the award-winning robotics team FRC 125, the NUTRONs, who have created or mentored robotics programs in Revere, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain.  This program runs on Saturdays from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM from 9/22/18 until 12/1/18.  This class is full at this time.  Click here for more information about Brookline Robotics.

 

Club GRCB: Club GRCB is Girls Rock Campaign Boston‘s year round program for girls and gender non-conforming youth in 6th-12th grades. During Club, youth form bands, write original songs, record their music, make music videos, and perform at the end of the semester! Additionally, Club participants engage in a variety of arts, music, social justice workshops, and instrument instruction. Tuesdays, 3:00-5:30, at Brookline Teen Center. From 3:00-3:30 we provide snacks and homework help. Tuition for Club GRCB is on sliding scale between $0-$350. For more information or to apply, click here.

 

Aerial Silks: Circus Up and Revolution Trapeze are teaming up bring to Brookline the finest in circus and aerial arts.  In Circus Up’s Aerial mini-series, students will learn the basics of moving in the air!  Students gain strength and flexibility, grace, and correct alignment while twisting, turning, climbing and controlled dropping on the aerial silks.  Students will learn positions and moves close to the ground, and then move higher with more advanced skills, as ability advances.  Classes begin with warm-up and stretching, then move to the air, building on past lessons.  Students will likely learn to trust their new found strength and agility that will help them to gain confidence; maybe not only in the air!

  • Aerial Silks runs on Fridays.  There are two classes each day.  The first class runs from 3:30-4:45PM and is geared towards 6th and 7th grade students. The second class runs from 4:45-6:00PM and is geared towards 7th and 8th grade students and high schoolers.  Each class is capped at 6 students.
  • Aerial silks will be broken up into 5 or 6 week sessions.  Students can sign up for more than one session.
    • Session 1: 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2 (5 classes)
    • Session 2: 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21 (6 classes)
    • Session 3: 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8 (6 classes)
    • Session 4: 3/1, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5 (5 classes)
    • Session 5: 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31 (6 classes)
  • There is a $100 fee for the 5-week sessions and a $120 fee for the 6-week sessions.  Students must be a member of the BTC to participate.  To register, click here.

 

Archery: This fall, On the Mark Archery, is coming to the BTC to teach archery to middle school students.  Join the program that has everyone raving about one of the world’s most exciting sports: recurve archery. Patience, focus and discipline are the only things needed to find success and achieve consistent shot groups. Our unique lesson plans engage students in unique challenges each class while balancing out individualized attention and feedback.

  • Archery runs on 4 Mondays (10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5) from 7:00 – 8:00PM in the BTC gym.
  • This class is open to 6th-8th grade members of the BTC.
  • There is a $96 fee to participate in this class. To register, click here.
  • There needs to be a minimum of 10 students to run this class.  We will let you know prior to the start of the class if we are able to fill the class.

 

Friday Parkour: (Almost) Every Friday from 6:15-7:45PM, Parkour Generations comes to the BTC to offer parkour classes.  The classes are drop in, and are open to BTC members from 6th through 12th grade.  Prior to attending your first class, a parent/guardian must complete a Parkour Generations release.  Bring the completed/signed release to your first class.  There is no cost for BTC members to attend Friday parkour classes, but space is limited.  To reserve a spot in a particular Friday Parkour class, click here.  Email George at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org with any questions.

 

Monday Parkour: Parkour Generations comes to the BTC to offer an all levels parkour class to middle school students.  From the Parkour Generations website: “Students train to develop strength, speed, endurance, precision, spatial awareness, dynamism, and creativity, in order to be as fluid, functional and liberated as possible in physical movement and to overcome physical obstacles. Students will also start to develop a way of thinking based on rigorous self-discipline, autonomous action and self-will that allows them to overcome mental obstacles related to their movements.  Classes include extensive and dynamic warm-up exercises, instruction in the basic movements of parkour, and a number of strengthening and conditioning exercises to ensure the long-term practice of the sport.”

  • Class runs on Mondays from 4:00 – 5:30 PM
  • There are five sessions over the course of the school year:
    • Session 1: 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29 (6 classes)
    • Session 2: 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 (7 classes)
    • Session 3: 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11 (6 classes)
    • Session 4: 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8 (7 classes)
    • Session 5: 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 6/3, 6/10 (7 classes)
  • Class is capped at 10 students, and students are expected to attend all sessions.
  • This class is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade members of the BTC.
  • Please print out and complete a Parkour Generations release, and bring it to your first class.
  • There is a $60/$70 fee to sign up for this class depending on the number of classes in the session. To register, click here.
  • If you have any questions, you can reach out to George Zahka at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Journey From Barter to Bitcoin: Why do we use money to buy things? How would the world run if there was no money? What do banks do anyway? What about credit cards? Starting with the early use of barter, our journey of money will take our hero, Farmer Fiona, through the use of gold, paper money, and towards a future where she may not carry any currency at all. If you have a curious middle schooler who is just learning about the value of currency this is the course for them. Students will play finance based games, and participate in various hands-on exercises to experiment with their new found skills in the world of money.  Along the way we will learn about the role of banks, interest rates, credit cards, Blockchain technologies, and the importance of saving, managing, and making good choices in our own future financial lives.

  • Class runs on 5 Wednesdays (10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7) from 3:30-5:00PM at the BTC.  Class will not run on 10/31 (Halloween).
  • This class is run by Finhive, a Financial Education Company.  You can learn more about Finhive on their blog or Facebook page.
  • This class is open to 6th-8th grade members of the BTC.
  • There is a $80 fee to participate in this class.  To register, click here.
  • There needs to be a minimum of 6 students to run this class.  We will let you know the week prior to the start of class if the class will run.

 

Cartooning and Comics: Our friends at the Brookline Arts Center are coming to the BTC.  Students learn the fundamentals of cartooning and various approaches to visual storytelling by looking at the work of published cartoonists. Each student has the opportunity to develop their own narrative. By the end of class, each student develops a working knowledge of character creation, environment design, page layout and visual storytelling.  The 11 week class will run in the BTC conference room on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00PM September 25th through December 4th.  There is a $325 fee to take this class.  To learn more, or to register please click here.

 

Animation: Our friends at the Brookline Arts Center are coming to the BTC.  In this class, we will develop characters and comics with a three-dimensional twist!  Students will bring their drawn characters to life using sculpey clay, found materials and sewing techniques.  They will then have the opportunity to experiment with short stop-motion animation of their creations.  The 10 week class will run in the BTC conference room on Fridays from 3:00-4:30PM September 28th through December 14th (no class November 9th or 23rd).  There is a $295 fee for this class.  To learn more, or to register please click here.

 

Money should not be a barrier in signing up for classes that have a fee.  If you need a partial or full scholarship for a class, please email George at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

 

Click here to see past programming offered at the BTC.