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Middle School Athletics Drafts a New Lineup
Posted 3/18/22

Middle school students looking to try a new sport or compete for their school can look forward to a new, free, after-school athletics program launching at middle schools in fall 2022. The new program was born out of the middle school redesign work with the goal of building community and connection and enhancing the middle school experience.

 

The expanded program offers more sports running concurrently with coaches, uniforms, transportation, equipment, and the opportunity to compete in a league format, with consistent schedules against other schools. Sixth graders can participate in two sports offered throughout the year and seventh and eighth graders will have six sports—the full lineup for the 2022/23 school year includes:

 

Fall Sports 

Coed Cross-country - 6, 7 & 8 grade

Girls Volleyball - 7 & 8 grade 

Coed Soccer - 7 & 8 grade

 

Winter Sports

Boys and Girls Basketball - 7&8 grade

 

Spring Sports

Coed Track and Field - 6,7 & 8 grade

Coed Badminton - 7 & 8 grade

 

It's been over 15 years since the middle schools have had a formal athletics program run by the district which at the time had to be eliminated due to budget constraints. The first-year budget for the program includes additional funding to cover start-up costs such as equipment and uniforms. 

 

Students at Redwood Middle School play basketball in PE. Next year students across the district will have the chance to add to the pennants hanging in their gyms.

“Kids love sports and the more we can integrate athletics by offering more opportunities for students to connect with one another and the school - will be so beneficial,” said Jen Kohl, principal of Silverado Middle School. “This program will help students develop habits around participating positively both in schooling and in athletics - building a great foundation for high school.”