Middle School News

May 21, 2013

We went to St. Louis for our spring trip. We visited the City Museum, Laumeir Sculpture Park, The Arch, Forest Park and the Cahokia Mounds. Back home, Marty was busy finalizing the yearbook. This week, we have graduation presentations and our end of the year school picnic on Friday at Cascade’s Park.
During the last few weeks, our students had the opportunity to adopt a baby for anywhere from several hours to overnight. These babies can be programmed to cry at different intervals and intensity. Students had to figure out if the child needed to be fed, have a diaper change, be burped or simply wanted some love and care. The initial romanticized attraction soon was met with the harsh reality. Some of these “new parents” came back to school exhausted and ready to pass the baby on to the next person. Students also had the opportunity to try on empathy bellies. These simulate what it feels like to be seven month pregnant. Boys and girls were “pregnant” for 30 some minutes. We would like to thank Sheila Evans for her presentations on Healthy Relationships, Sexual/Dating Abuse, and Internet/Cell Phone Safety as well as Katherine Brown for organizing a GLBT panel to answer our students’ questions.

Many thanks to everyone who helped with our fundraisers (which considerably helped bring down the cost of our trip), all the parents who used their PIP hours to contribute to the school, and a special thanks to Melissa Larimer for being our PIP coordinator. Another big thanks to Zevon for joining us on our trip.

Middle school graduation will be on May 25th at 2:30 pm

It is hard to believe the school year is drawing to an end. The high energy in the middle school might be a clue along with the warmer weather, morels popping up and the blooming trees. It has been a joy working with this group and watching them grow academically, socially and emotionally.
-Ursina

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