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.

Due to low student numbers, the BTC will not offer structured programming opportunities this summer.  The list below is programming that was offered this past spring.  Parents/guardians will have the chance to sign their child up for fall classes towards the end of August.

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.

 

Brookline Engineering Project – Young Makers Program – Spring Session – Tier 1: The Brookline Engineering Project seeks to excite and educate students in middle school and high school about robotics, technology and engineering. This student led organization is a project-based learning environment where Brookline students can tinker, build and learn. Brookline middle schoolers can participate in a regular class from 6-7 pm Thursday nights. This introductory engineering class gives students a taste of engineering and the engineering process. Students will get experience in areas such as structural design, circuit design, 3D modeling and programming. The class is designed to keep students focused on what they are passionate about, while giving them the technical ability they need to thrive.  Your middle school student must be a member at the BTC in order to sign up for classes online.  This class is full.

  • Classes run on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00PM.  Classes start on April 5th.  Class dates: 4/5, 4/12, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24.  There is no class the week of April vacation (4/19).
  • Class is capped at 10 students, and students are expected to attend all sessions.
  • There is no additional charge to participate in this class, but students must be a BTC member to participate.
  • This class is full. 
  • If you have questions, contact George at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Brookline Engineering Project – Young Makers Program – Spring Session – Alternative Tier 1 class: This class is essentially three unique classes meeting concurrently, with high school mentors assigned to each discipline. Each of the three classes focus on a specialized area: coding, 3D modeling and remote control cars. The coding group will focus on physical programming, using the micro-controller Arduino to learn how code from their computer to turn on lights, drive mini-cars, avoid walls, measure temperature and more (coding section is full). The 3D modeling team will learn how an image in your head can become a physical reality in a matter of hours by understanding the entire 3D printing process. The group will design models in Solidworks, slice them in Simplify3D and print using our ROBO, Prusa and Flashforge 3D printers (3D printing section is full). The remote control group will be an expedition into the engineering design process and rapid prototyping focused on remote control cars. Students will design, develop and construct their own RC cars using our CAD software and 3D printers, as well as acquire skills from 3D modeling to soldering to aerodynamic design (remote control cars section is full).  No prior knowledge is necessary to participate in the class. 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.

  • Classes run on Mondays from 6:00-7:00PM.  Classes start on April 9th.  Class dates: 4/9, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21.  There is no class the week of April vacation (4/16).
  • Each discipline is capped at 3-4 students (10 students total in the class).
  • There is no additional charge to participate in this class, but students must be a BTC member to participate.
  • To register, or if you have questions, contact George at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.  When registering, please include which discipline your child wants to do (coding, 3d printing, remote control cars.) (3D printing section is full) (remote control cars section is full) (coding section is full)

 

The Brookline Jazz Project: The Brookline Jazz Project is a teen driven, eight week jazz immersion program for aspiring 7th and 8th grade jazz musicians interested in getting playing experience outside of the classroom and learning core jazz concepts. Lead by a trio of experienced high school jazz musicians, the Brookline Jazz Project will introduce its students to swing, blues, chord changes, and improvisation, as well as listening skills and jazz appreciation. Teen teachers will create a fun and safe jam space where students can experiment with new musical ideas and expand their playing vocabulary. This workshop is great for students already participating in Brookline music programming such as the Townwide Jazz Band, as well as students with some instrumental experience looking to get experience with jazz for the first time. The Brookline Jazz Project will culminate in a recording session on May 24th. The Brookline Jazz Project will meet on Thursdays at Brookline Teen Center from 3:30-4:30 from April 5th to May 24th (with a break on April 19th during April Vacation).  For more information, or to register, click here.

 

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 Brookline High School student mechanic.  Participants will learn how to use different bike tools, and develop the skills necessary to make basic bike repairs (flat fixing, hub repairs, tuning).  Students with financial need are eligible to receive a free bike, lock, and helmet at the conclusion of class.  This class is full.

  • This class meets for 4 Mondays from 3:30-4:30PM in the BTC Makerspace, beginning April 30th and ending May 21st (4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21).
  • Class is capped at 8 students, and open to BTC members in grades 6-8.
  • There is no fee for this class, but students must be a BTC member to participate.
  • This class is full.  If you have questions please email George at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Chess:  The Brookline High School Chess Club will be coming to the Brookline Teen Center on Mondays from 5:00-7:00PM to offer informal lessons and organize games and tournaments for middle schoolers.  Whether your child is brand new to chess or has been playing for years, this is a great opportunity to build some skills, make friends, and learn more about chess at BHS.  This program starts on Monday, April 2nd and will run through the end of the school year.  There is no cost to participate, but middle schoolers need to be a member of the BTC.  Students don’t need to register ahead of time, they can just come in on the weeks that work for them.  If you have any questions, please email George at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Dance Class: The B.E.A.T.S (Brookline Educational Arts Troupes) are bringing contemporary/hip hop dance classes to the teen center! The B.E.A.T.S provide a positive environment for students to learn dance pieces, explore their creative voices and connect with other members of the community. The B.E.A.T.S classes are led by advanced-level Brookline High School students. The B.E.A.T.S  prepare middle school students to participate in the 22 performing arts classes and performance opportunities at Brookline High School.

  • Classes run on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30PM.
  • There are four classes in this series: May 9, 16, 23, and 30.
  • Open to Brookline 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.
  • There is no cost for this program, but students must be a BTC member to participate.  To register or if you have questions, please email George at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.
  • This class is limited to 10 students, so sign up early.

 

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: 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15 (6 weeks)
    • Session 2: 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9 (6 weeks)
    • Session 3: 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6 (5 weeks)
    • Session 4: 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25 (5 weeks)
  • 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 sign up for a session, click here.
 

Quiz Bowl: Quiz Bowl is coming to BTC middle schoolers, led by members of the BHS Quiz Bowl team! Quiz Bowl is an activity that combines academics, trivia, competition, and fun! During 6-week sessions, students will answer long and short questions using practice packets (like this one), learn about all sorts of subjects (science, history, literature, math, pop culture, and more) by researching and memorizing, and gain a love for knowledge.  Participants will learn the Quiz Bowl format which includes individual questions with buzzers and group questions. The BHS Quiz Bowl team hopes to host its annual Rookie Tournament again this spring which students who have completed a six week session may be eligible to compete in.  More info to come on the potential tournament.

  • Quiz Bowl runs on Mondays from 3:30-4:30 in the BTC Yoga Studio. 
  • Open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.  No prior experience is necessary.
  • Quiz Bowl will be broken up into 6 week sessions.  Students can sign up for more than one session.
    • Session 1: 9/25, 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6
    • Session 2: 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18
    • Session 3: 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5
    • Session 4: 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/23
    • Session 5: 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 6/4, 6/11
  • There is no cost to participate in this program, but we ask that students make every effort to attend all six weeks of the session they sign up for.
  • Up to 8 students can participate in each section.
  • To register your child for a session click here.
  • If you have questions, please email George at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

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: 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30 (6 classes)
    • Session 2: 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18 (7 classes)
    • Session 3: 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 (6 classes)
    • Session 4: 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9 (7 classes)
    • Session 5: 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 6/4, 6/11 (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.

 

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.

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.

 

MediaGirls: MEDIAGIRLS, an eight-week program for 6th-8th grade girls, will run at the Brookline Teen Center on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 pm to 5 pm starting March 21st. Participants learn to challenge pop-culture messages aimed at girls; engage in thoughtful discussions about current media trends, make new friends in Brookline, and write inspiring content for girls using social media. Space is limited to 12, so sign up quickly. Visit www.mediagirls.org to learn more and register. 

 

Brookline Engineering Project – Spring Session – Tier 2 : Brookline Engineering Project Tier 2 will build off of the skills learned in the first class.  The class will be student driven and project oriented.  The curriculum will be loose and largely based around students’ individual and group interests.  Students will select and work on a few projects of their choice throughout the session.

  • Classes will run for 6 weeks on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30PM beginning on April 25th and running through May 30th.
  • There is no cost to participate in this class.
  • This class is limited to 10 students.
  • Students must have participated in the Tier 1 Brookline Engineering Project in order to take this class.  This class is full.
  • If you have questions, contact George at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.
 

Rap 101 – Rap 101 is an introductory workshop series at the Brookline Teen Center where aspiring em cee’s will learn what it takes to write, record, and perform an original song. Through immersive writing exercises and exposure to music fundamentals lead by experienced BTC music staff, students will collaborate on their songs with teen musicians who will provide original hip hop production.  Open to 7th and 8th graders, Rap 101 runs on Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00, from March 21st to May 16th, with a final performance on Monday, May 21st.  For more information click here or email Wes at wkaplan@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Collaborative Mural Project – We are looking for middle schoolers to join our youth leader, Ivan, in constructing a collaborative jigsaw mural. Participants will learn about the impact that collaborative art making can have, color theory, and it will serve as a way for the students to build a team and a sense of community. Classes run on Mondays from February 12th through March 26th from 3:30-5:00PM. There is no class on February 19th. There is no cost to participate in this program. To register, contact George via email at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Ukulele 101 – The Brookline Teen Center Music Studio will be offering an 8 week course on ukulele basics. Students will learn the fundamentals of ukulele including chords, song form, and how to play in an ensemble. This 8 week series will culminate in a mini concert showcasing teamwork and acquired skills. Ukuleles will be provided for workshop sessions. All levels of experience are welcome. This program runs from March 19th through May 14th and is free for BTC members. Email Wes at wkaplan@brooklineteencenter.org for more info or to sign up.

 
 
Aspiring teen poets: Brookline’s Poet Laureate, Zvi Sesling, is available to work with middle and high school students who want to learn more about poetry.  Email George Zahka at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org to learn more or to set up a meeting with Zvi.
 
 
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. Apply here http://girlsrockboston.org/programs/club-grcb/

 

Brookline Music Program: Does your child play an instrument that he/she is passionate about? Does your child want to connect with high school musician-mentors to benefit their music career at Brookline High School? Does your child want to pick up a brand new instrument and get free lessons? Does your child want to become an advanced musician in an instrument that they already play?

If any or all of the above is true, sign your child up for the Brookline Music Program! The BMP is a program organized by teens, for teens! The BMP pairs Brookline middle school musicians with high school musicians for FREE and engaging lessons. By signing up for BMP, not only will your child learn and grow musically, he/she will also foster a relationship with a high school mentor who can guide him/her through the BHS music opportunities and high school in general. In addition, he/she will also get an opportunity to meet other passionate musicians throughout Brookline.
Click on the link below to learn more about the BMP and how to register your child to participate:
For any questions or concerns, please contact: brooklinemusicprogram@gmail.com

 

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. 

 

Click here to see past programming offered at the BTC.