December 2010 Archives

Just like last year, we will be showing an anti-bullying movie to our kids on the half day before the holiday break. The movie, Rigaletto, is a wonderful story in the spirit of Beauty and the Beast.

A brief synopsis:

The mysterious old mansion on the hill has a new occupant, a disfigured recluse named Ari, and the townspeople are afraid of him. Young Bonnie is nervous at first when she goes to work at his mansion, but she soon discovers that he is a musical genius with a beautiful singing voice. As he teaches Bonnie to sing, her kindness melts the ice around his heart to reveal the goodness that has been hidden. A wonderful lesson of tolerance and self-worth.

 

If you'd like to see a clip from the movie - click here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOeb6cJ2Awk. The movie has 10 different parts posted on Youtube.

 

The 5th and 6th grades will be watching Rigaletto in the auditorium in the morning, and the 7th and 8th grades will watch it afterwards. There will be a short discussion after the movie about how we can connect its elements to our lives and what lessons we can learn from the character's actions. Each teacher has a list of questions and information (Rigaletto Discussion Qs.pdf) to facilitate a discussion before and after the movie.

 

Thanks goes to Ms. Staley for organizing this educational experience.

Inclusive Schools Week is celebrated in schools across the country this week. It is a week that highlights many of the wonderful things that have become daily practice in our school district. The 2010 theme of Inclusive Schools Week is, "Awareness to Action: Celebrating 10 Years of Inclusive Schools."  Partnering with RISE, we are using this week to promote inclusion. A few activities that we are doing include:

  • Making daily announcements that celebrate inclusion.
  • Giving kids the opportunity to participate in a poster contest that highlights inclusion.
  • Asking students to recall a time where they were included or where they included others OR briefly explain what makes our school inclusive.

These, along with others, are exciting activities that are meant to spark an understanding of inclusion and a desire to include everyone.

The following is a brief description of Inclusive Schools Week to help give you a clear understanding of what this great week is all about.

Inclusive Schools Week is held each year during the first week in December.  Since its inception in 2001, Inclusive Schools Week has celebrated the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference and other factors.  The Week also provides an important opportunity for educators, students and parents to discuss what else needs to be done in order to ensure that their schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children. 

Visit the following sites to see some resources and learn more about Inclusive Schools Week.

http://www.inclusiveschools.org/resources

http://www.inclusiveschools.org/

 

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