This week's post will be brief, as we are all back and launching into 2019 full steam ahead (see related note below!) As our high school students prepare for finals this week, it was great to see authentic, real world learning demonstrated by our Bears that related to our vision for them to "aspire to make a positive impact on the world."
First, last Thursday afternoon, I was invited to hear Ms. Sullivan's Public Speaking students give a "Ted" style talk on the importance of sleep. A real world and prominent issue for our teenagers couldn't provide a more engaging and empowering topic for them to address.
That night, Charity Bash leaders presented this year's results ($25K raised!) to the Board of Education. Again, our students were aspiring to make a positive impact on the world - here the work of the Keep Swimming Foundation (led by LZHS alumn Bill Coon) - and practicing their public speaking skills. We couldn't ask for better teachers, students, or opportunities.
And more is to come. I have already mentioned the ongoing MSN Connect Initiative (see September 30th 2018 post), and soon we will be sharing news about our MSS Anti-Bullying initiative's major publishing debut!
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - January 21
January 21st is a non-attendance day in commemoration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The influence of Dr. King's work on American liberty and culture cannot be understated, and that emphasized non-violence sets him apart as a leader. At this time of year, I often look to a resource on Dr. King that I can review to reacquaint myself with the details of his life and work. Author Taylor Branch's volumes are ones I have re-read in the past, but there are others I recommend, such the PBS site on black culture and Dr. King, which you can peruse here.
And don't forget the exciting events mentioned in my last post
- STEAM SUMMIT - February 2nd click here
- Joanie's Closet Valentine's Dance - February 9th click here
- D95 Film Festival - February 16th click here
- Charity Bash - Report
- Field Trips - Discussion
- Budget Transfer - Action
- Summer 2019 Preview - Report
- Benchmark Performance Data - Report
- Bond Financing Update - Report
- Non-resident tuition - Discussion
- Field Trips - Action