Middle School News

July 3, 2014

We just returned from our spring trip to Chicago. I’m so proud of our students! They worked hard, were cooperative, funny and engaged. We visited the Aquarium, Contemporary Art Museum, Millennium Park, Science and Industry, Cultural Center and took an architectural boat tour on the Chicago River. Please check out the amazing photo documentation by Danielle Urschel on the Harmony Education Center Facebook page. Many thanks to our chaperons: Danielle Urschel, Shelly and Joshua Johnson! We enjoyed the hospitality of the University Church where we had access to a great kitchen and the students cooked fabulous food. We have quite a few chefs!
These trips always are an opportunity for students to bond, make new connections and create a true community feeling. As the year draws to an end, I’m in awe of this group. We have seen so much growth emotionally, socially, physically and academically. The transition into adolescence is not easy. We are so fortunate to be a small school where students can be supported, their voices heard and where they can move ahead academically at their own pace.
As a group, we had several healthy discussions through out the year. For example, one student
posed the question: “I don’t understand why people just don’t get a puppy rather than cutting themselves?” This led to a 30-minute conversation on how to deal with stress.
Upon arriving in Chicago, we realized a “social sensitivity” discussion was needed because our small group of Bloomingtonians had some issues finding themselves in a more diverse environment. We like those moments where we have an opportunity for learning and had an honest conversation addressing the discomfort, fear and humor that resulted from being displaced.
It has been a good year! Thank you for entrusting your children to us.
Have a good summer –
Ursina

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