Morristown-Beard Middle Schoolers competed in a series of House Challenges on Thursday, November 14th, participating in Minute-To-Win-It games, a Kahoot! competition, a series of brain teasers, and a design challenge in the Center for Innovation & Design.
When students enter Middle School at MBS, they are randomly assigned to one of four Houses – the Athenians, Shongums, Spartans, and Whippanies. Throughout the year, they square off in a series of races, challenges, and other contests to capture the coveted Challenge Cup in June.
The Challenge Cup, which began in 2006, is designed to boost class spirit while also giving students a sense of the School's tradition. The House names are rooted in Morristown and Beard School history - the Athenians and the Spartans were taken from the Beard School, while the Shongums and Whippanies were part of the Morristown School tradition.
To capture the Challenge Cup, the Houses compete in events throughout the year including dodgeball, quiz bowl, shield design, and a scavenger hunt. Students can also win points for their House based on their performance in academic and extracurricular activities. On the flip side, students can lose points for their House if they commit dress code infractions or if their behavior does not reflect the values of the School.