“MAD” Days, an acronym for music, arts, and drama, are an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they are learning in performing arts in front of the entire Middle School student body, faculty, family, and friends. The Middle School held its first “MAD” Day of the school year on November 13.
“’MAD Days’ allow students to begin to recognize that they and their peers are multidimensional and creative,” said Middle School Head Erin Duffy. “They see a child who can solve a math equation with ease and hit it out of the park in baseball, also shine as a handbell ringer or theater performer. It’s definitely a ‘wow’ moment in the life of the Landon Middle School.”
“MAD Day” students not only show what they are learning in performing arts, but they also develop soft skills such as taking time to prepare appropriately for a performance as well as learning to speak, sing, or play comfortably and with confidence in front of an audience.
“The applause, pats on the back, and compliments the boys receive after our assembly show that the boys are also learning how to appreciate one another, which is so critical to their well-being and to the Middle School experience,” Duffy added.
November’s performance featured Middle School students in the concert band, the Form I and II handbells, three slam poets from the theater arts program and all of the choral groups.