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Project Wrap Around
Thank you for your interest in Project Wrap Around, a community support program for the Rutland Middle School and its grade 7 and 8 students. If you would provide us with some basic contact information and the nature of your volunteerism interest, we will contact you and begin our orientation process. The teachers, students and administration are grateful for your interest in supporting our students.
March 15, 2019
Last week I wrote about the great things that are happening in our schools. I wrote of the trauma informed lessons at Northeast. I wrote about the effective use of scaffolds being used at Northwest. I wrote of the “family” meetings to support the immediate response to things that occurred that may have potential harm to the community. Finally, I wrote of the tremendous engagement at R.M.S. during Legislative Day.
Well this week, having spent time in many classrooms, I write to share the tremendous evidence of rigorous and relevant lessons that engaged our students. About lessons that were filled with student voice. About lessons that were inclusive of our neediest students. About the amazing amount of collaboration that happens in our schools. About the tremendous conversations I had with students.
This week while visiting Allen St. I had several wonderful conversations with several students. One student articulated that he is excited about the possibility of returning to R.H.S. and possibly attending Stafford and studying Media Arts. During a conversation with three students in another room, they talked about how they really enjoy connecting their learning to real life activities and events. In the gym a basketball game was underway between one of our amazing staff members and two boys which showed the amount of energy (literally) staff puts in to engage students (I hope she won!). Finally, I listened to Director Nicole Carter discuss a “small bump” that had occurred with a student as they shared lunch together.
This week while visiting our Howe Center campus our scholars were deeply engaged in their learning. Students were working on English assignments, reading books, and studying chemistry. Through all content areas they were expertly supported by the great staff of Howe Center. Additionally, one instructor was supporting students as they learned about various sharks through the use of dichotomous graphic organizers. During that lesson one young lady spoke excitedly about a time she swam with sharks (she’s a lot braver than I am!). Finally, I had a conversation, a great conversation, with a student regarding the appropriate use of social media and cell phones. The way he was able to articulate his thoughts and shared how his mother monitors his use (great job mom!).
While at the R.H.S. I was able to observe students collaboratively reviewing for a chemistry exam which engaged each in meaningful conversation. I observed students drawing and painting with obvious passion for the art they were creating. I overhead discussions about feminism, race and diversity. I watched as students were challenged by a math problem and am thankful they didn’t ask me for help. In each room I witnessed the tremendous support teachers were providing students through what were obviously well designed rigorous and relevant learning opportunities.