“Gratitude is like a flashlight. It lights up what is already there. You don’t necessarily have anything more or different, but suddenly you can actually see what it is. And because you can see, you no longer take it for granted.” – M.J. Ryan in Attitudes of Gratitude.
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On January 30th all 7th and 8th grade students participated in Career Day. This year we tried to involve students more in the planning process by asking them for feedback. In addition, much of the focus was placed on exploring passions and helping students develop their purpose. We didn’t want this purpose exploration to stop with Career Day so they will have additional time throughout the remainder of the year to explore things they are passionate about and how these things relate to career planning.
Students have been working on making bows and bands from duct tape for their classmates to wear to promote awareness about bullying. October is bullying awareness month and Metcalf has many students working on projects and public service announcements to educate their peers. The girls will be making enough bows and bands for the sixth grade and have plans about expanding their production to other grades.
TRANSFORMERS is a group of graduate students from the Communication Department who come to our after-school program to reinforce our Second Step curriculum. They reinforce the skills that students are learning in the classroom such as skills for learning like focusing attention, empathy, how to calm down, and problem solving.