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.

 

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.

 

Archery – Winter Session: 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 lesson plans engage students in unique challenges each class while balancing out individualized attention and feedback.

  • Archery runs on 4 Mondays (1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12) 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.

 

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.

 

Brookline Engineering Project – Young Makers Program – Winter 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 on Monday or 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.

  • There are two sections of this class.  One section runs on Mondays from 6:00-7:00PM and the other section is on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00PM.  Classes start the week of January 8th.  Monday dates: 1/8, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5.  Thursday dates: 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 3/1.
  • 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 member to participate.
  • To register, click here.  Make sure to select the day that you want (scroll down to select the Thursday class).
  • If you have questions, contact George at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Brookline Engineering Project – Winter 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 8 weeks on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30PM beginning on January 3rd and running through February 28th.  There will be no class on Wednesday, February 21st. 
  • 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.  To register, click here.
  • If you have questions, contact George at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Design, Code, Play – Introduction to coding: Ever wanted to design your very own video game? It’s easier than you think! This class will introduce students to a beginner coding language which uses stacks of colored blocks to create complex code. This method allows students to easily learn the basic concepts behind coding rather than focusing on tedious syntax. Students will plan, design, and create their very own video games, which they will be able to play and share with friends. The class is taught by Brookline Teen Center’s Makerspace Youth Leader, Noah Lewkowitz.

  • This class meets for 4 Saturdays from 3:00-4:00PM in the BTC Makerspace, beginning January 20th and ending February 10th (1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10)
  • Class is open to BTC members in grades 6-8.
  • The class is capped at 6 students.
  • There is no fee for this class, but students must be a BTC member to participate.
  • To register, click here

 

RPM KnowledgeFit:  The BTC is proud to partner with RPM Athlete Performance to introduce KnowledgeFit to the Brookline Community.  At RPM, we believe that everyone is an athlete and therefore can train like an athlete. KnowledgeFit is intelligently designed group training for athletes of every skill level. Whether you are a Varsity team starter, just starting a sport for the first time, or playing pickup games after school, the KnowledgeFit program will bring improvement to your game and life from day 1. These programs are high energy and challenging; overseen by an experienced coach, we keep the groups small so everyone can receive attention on form and technique, improving your abilities and keeping the training environment safe. For schedule and cost information click here. Space is limited so reserve your spot today! If you have any questions or concerns, you can email us at info@rpmathlete.com

 
Animation: Our friends at the Brookline Arts Center are coming to the BTC.  Bring your characters and ideas to life in both 2D and 3D form. Projects include flip books, charcoal animations, 3D text animations using found materials and claymation. Students will learn the fundamentals of storytelling and basic animation skills in this fun, collaborative class. This 8 week class will run on Fridays in the BTC conference room from 3:00-4:30 PM January 26th through March 23rd (no class on 2/23).  There is a $240 fee to take this class.  This class is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.  To learn more, or to register please click here.
 
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.  This 8 week class will run on Tuesdays in the BTC conference room from 3:30-5:00 PM January 23rd through March 20th (no class on 2/20).  There is a $240 fee to take this class.  This class is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.  To learn more, or to register please click here.
 
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

 

Ukulele 101 – This November on Middle School Mondays, the Brookline Teen Center Music Studio will be offering a 6 week course on ukulele basics. Students will learn the fundamentals of ukulele including chords, song form, and how to play in an ensemble. This 6 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 November 6th through December 11th, with a performance on Dec 18th and is free for BTC members.  Email Music Specialist, Wes Kaplan (wkaplan@brooklineteencenter.org), for more information or to sign up.

 

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. 

 

Brookline Engineering Project – Fall 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 8 weeks on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00PM beginning on October 18th and running through December 13th.  There will be no class on Wednesday, November 22nd. 
  • 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.  To register, click here.
  • If you have questions, contact George at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Brookline Engineering Project – Fall Session – Young Makers Program – 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 on Monday or 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.

  • There are two sections of this class.  One section runs on Mondays from 6:00-7:00PM and the other section is on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00PM.  Classes start the week of  October 23rd.  Monday dates: 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4.  Thursday dates: 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14.
  • 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 member to participate.
  • To register, click here.  Make sure to select the day that you want (scroll down to select the Thursday class).  CLASS IS FULL AT THIS TIME.
  • If you have questions, contact George at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

 

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, advocacy and healthy relationships. Physical Self-Defense skills focus on girl-specific physical safety through self-defense techniques.

  • Class runs on Wednesdays from 3:15 – 5:15 PM.
  • Class runs for 10 weeks from October 11th through December 20th.  There is no class on 11/22.
  • Class is capped at 20 students, and students are expected to attend all sessions.
  • 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, click hereCLASS IS FULL AT THIS TIME.
  • If you have any questions, you can reach out to George Zahka at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

 

Click here to see past programming offered at the BTC.