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Quick question

Did your junior high school/middle school have a swim team? Was it co-ed?

Were there other co-ed teams? (track maybe? anything else?)

What sort of groups might students participate in that, if they did really well, the rest of the school would hear about it and be impressed (beyond sports)?

Answers from your own experience, your kids', or both are most welcome! :)



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Apr. 10th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
Yay speed reading! :D

Funny, my junior high had sports teams but no yearbook or academic competitions. It really varies from place to place!
Apr. 10th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
My middle school was still part of the elementary school (K-8). We did have sports teams, but none co-ed.

We did know about kids who won essay contests and poster contests (my Catholic school was big into VFW sponsored stuff and one girl won the national competition). One kid was in community theater and we all saw her picture in the local paper and were star struck. Another was a gymnast outside of school.

My middle school neice's only co-ed stuff is academic: Odyssey of the Mind type stuff or chess or whatever. No co-ed sports.
Apr. 10th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
I had a similar situation in junior high--originally it had been an elementary school and a junior high that happened to be right next to each other (as in, there was only a ten foot gap between the buildings and the basements were connected so elementary school kids could use the junior high swimming pool), but by the time I reached grade seven they'd officially joined together as one school. It certainly made the transition a lot easier!

Thanks for sharing!
Apr. 10th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
this is totally unrelated, but can you tell me anything bout holt as a publisher? Is it an imprint of something bigger or is "holt" the company? I'm really bad at remembering imprints. Also, I know that yours is paranormal... do you know what types of books they normally put out? Trying to get a sense of what holt is all about and for some reason my google skills are sucking today.
Apr. 10th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
Holt is short for Henry Holt & Company; their parent company is Macmillan (see here http://us.macmillan.com/HenryHolt.aspx ) All the kids and YA stuff is published under the "Henry Holt Books for Young Readers" imprint (see here: http://us.macmillan.com/HoltYoungReaders.aspx ). They don't seem to publish a huge amount of YA (looking back through their catalogs it's seemed like 6-7 YA titles per season, so 12-14 a year), but they seem to be interested in a wide variety of genres... A lot of mainstream stuff but also a fair bit of fantasy and paranormal as well as historical.
Apr. 10th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
My junior high did not have a swim team. There were no co-ed sports, but often track and field events were held where boys and girls were both competing - just not with each other or as co-ed teams.

We had co-ed intramural sports. That was a lot of fun. Teams were built from first period classes. Games were played in the morning before school.

Band, choir, math teams, speech and debate, art... anything with competitions could get recognition at my jr high. In Texas we have this thing called UIL that governs public school competitions, and there's an academic division. I also participated in Community Problem Solvers and Future Problem Solvers.

Edited at 2008-04-10 04:50 pm (UTC)
Apr. 10th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
I think the teams at my junior high were kind of similar--the girls and boys didn't compete against each other, but everyone on swim team or track practiced and had meets at the same time.

Those Problem Solvers competitions sound like fun!
Apr. 10th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
My middle school was a posh, expensive, private affair, and they had sex-segregated wrestling, track and field, lacrosse, and probably other things I don't remember. I don't think there was a swim team but I might be wrong.

There were no sports at my high school -- it was specialized in performing and visual arts. But they did have debate and Fed Challenge.

That's all I can remember, even though it was only a couple of years ago D:
Apr. 11th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
I wish I'd gone to an arts school! Always sounded like so much fun... but there aren't a whole lot around here.
Apr. 11th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
It was somewhat fun, but if you weren't planning on becoming a professional artist it was sort of soul-crushing in its own way... But it was still a lot more nurturing than my middle school!
Apr. 10th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure how well my answers will apply to the information you are seeking, as the school that I went to was A) private and B)TINY. Tiny as in I don't think we ever had more than 20 people in one class. But I want to answer, so I will, so there! :P

Swim team? no. No pool, so not even the high school had a swim team. Too small a school for football, but there was basketball and soccer and track (but not track and field). I don't remember if basketball was co-ed (though I think it wasn't) but both soccer and track were. The teams in our whole division were that way too so it's not like our school was an exception.

Because of the size of our school, there wasn't much else student-group related that was available. Theater(Drama). There were horses, and some of the students were riders in show jumping, so we heard about that. Then again, we also knew all of our classmates pretty well - on speaking terms with all of them at least. So "hearing about" something usually meant talking to that person about it.

Hope my information is useful! o_0 :D
Apr. 11th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing! It's really interesting hearing what everyone's experiences were like. :)
Apr. 10th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
Co-ed track is about it at that age.
Apr. 11th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was on track in... grade 8, I think, though maybe it was 7, and boys and girls had practice together though the events at competitions were separate (girls 100m, boys 100m). Our swim team was the same way, though--everyone practiced together, but the competition events split between boys and girls.
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