The middle level years are important in building students' social and emotional skills, as well as developing their abilities to communicate, work with others, be creative, and problem solve. By instilling these skills in our young students we give them the opportunities to express themselves and explore their interests in order to prepare them for the next stage of their lives.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
The Community Unit Has Begun!
September 3, 2016
The Community unit has begun at the Hazen Middle School!! Students picked over a hundred pounds of blueberries for their community! Some were, of course, enjoyed by the students, but the rest will go to the Hardwick Food Pantry in a couple of different ways~ some were delivered fresh on Thursday and then the Middle School will make some pies to bring to the Pantry. Other blueberries will be used by the Hazen cafeteria.
Hazen 8th graders met their Hardwick 3rd grade buddies and helped them pick their blueberries. We are hoping to do more community projects with them throughout the year!
MANY, MANY thanks to Brown’s Beautiful Blueberries in Craftsbury and to Mario and Mary Jane Fradette in East Hardwick for donating all of the blueberries that were picked on Thursday!
Another part of the community unit will be learning how to be a citizen, including how to be a good digital citizen. Students began their journey through many different digital lesson. Digital Life 101 was designed from Common Sense Media lesson, where students think about their digital world. Students developed good advice to people. Here is an example of a digital collage with a message:
Students will next be studying Scams and Schemes. Once through all of the lessons, students will be able to take their iPads home!
On Thursday, we also had a speaker. Elizabeth Dow (The “Wiz”) came to introduce Hardwick through the years. Students heard about what Hardwick was like starting in the 1800’s. Students will then use this information to create a historical fiction story to share.
Another part of our Community project is creating a timeline of events. Students will be visiting the Hardwick Historical Society next week to find events that happened before they were born. The Wiz will be helping us with this project too!
Community opportunities are everywhere. We enjoyed our first week of school creating the Hazen Middle School community. Students and teachers worked on social contracts, getting to know one another and just learning how to work together to make school a great place to be! Everyone enjoyed the Goosechase APP and here are some photos. Students were learning where things are in the building:
Selfies in the gym by the hallway! Look who they found- Mr. Sperry and Mr. Hill!!!
Found my way to the library and found an author with my initials!!
I found Jen in the Middle Level Lab:
Everyone enjoyed using the Goosechase APP for their school Scavenger hunt! Middle Schoolers had such a great week. One parent reported his son saying, “Dad- Middle School is like camp every single day!”