Posted on April 16, 2017
We've been working intentionally to create opportunities for students to interact across grade levels. This happens more often as teachers have become more aware of the learning potential when students share their learning with different audiences and regard older and younger students as sources of information and feedback or as collaborators. There have been many experiences at the classroom level for students to interact with one another in the role of mentor and apprentice. There's one coming up this week when international students in our ELD program will be sharing aspects of their home culture with various elementary grades. Or when the high school students in Amnesty International speak to students in Character Education about human rights. Or in the past when fourth graders worked with a class of high school students on learning about applied statistics.
Athletic Director Scott Wagner is primarily the one to thank for raising awareness about the importance of sports participation and its direct impact on cultivating school spirit and a positive school culture. In past blogs I've included images of various teams joining our students for lunch in the dining room, preschool and kindergarten, and sometimes a friendly game of basketball or volleyball. It certainly is endearing to see the athletes having light-hearted conversation with our students then seeing them on the playcourt together where there is the utmost respect for one another. I remember in the early years of the merger when the faculty in the lower and upper divisions were concerned about the interactions among students and any possible negative influence of older students on younger students. What were we thinking?! It has always been refreshing to observe the mutual admiration our students have for one another. This is the great advantage of being in a preschool through high school environment like ours.
By the time you read this blog, you've likely recuperated from fixing Easter baskets baskets, dyeing hard-boiled eggs for the egg hunt in the backyard, or a festive meal with family and friends. Upon our return to school, be assured that even though your children may still have visions of chocolate bunnies and eggs dancing in their heads, it'll be back to learning adventures in no time!
E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.