Inspired by the People of Color Conference (POCC) and by Upper School students who participated in the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC), the Middle School MOSAIC program (Moving On Social And Individual Change) was created in 2006. The goal of MOSAIC is to help create a positive climate within the school by providing a safe environment for students to explore, experiment and embrace differences. Each year, the eighth grade focuses on a different theme; past areas of concentration have included race, self-identity, gender and effective forms of communication, community and cyber citizenship.
On Friday, September 20, 2013, the eighth graders and their teachers spent an afternoon at Shelly Ridge Camp in Lafayette Hill learning how they all fit together as part of the ninth-annual MOSAIC program (Moving On Social And Individual Change). The students each designed a puzzle piece and as a homeroom their pieces formed a complete puzzle. All of the homerooms’ puzzles fit together—representing the class of 2018. During the retreat the students developed homeroom cheers, participated in team-building activities and discussed issues of community, simplicity and integrity. A second MOSAIC program is planned for the second half of the school year.