Today's freezing rain and sleet have been a little hard to take, especially when 6 - 10 inches of snow were predicted. To buck up my spirits, I spent time circulating through classes. Here are some of the things I experienced in my day at school that are sustaining me as the ice batters the roof of my office.
Senior MeKenzie Mattheson gave a presentation this morning on growing up with a brother who has a serious illness and disability. The pictures she shared and her stories made us all a little teary, for they conveyed the love and closeness of her family and the variety of things Elliott enjoys. The glow of their connection shines in my mind.
My Human Rights class let go of our assigned reading from the Leviathan to discuss what kind of action the students might want to take to mark Human Rights Day tomorrow. We discussed aspects of the situation in Ferguson, raised questions about the best timing of an action, and their feelings about what our community needs now, and how we might have most impact. Some students really want to be a part of the march in NYC while others do not. The tenor of the conversation was sincere, respectful, concerned and compassionate.
Intro to STEM was brainstorming ideas to design a prosthetic for an astronaut in small groups., and excitedly beginning to research an area about which they know little. There was a feel of discovery in the room. Electronics and Circuitry were working on a lab; Silas Howe, who had completed it, was modifying images from the observatory. We discussed our up-coming trip to the MIT museum on Friday: the hub of innovation! Myles Spencer showed me a motion senor camera he has set up that tracks changes in light. This is a step forward in his senior project developing a coaching app. He is building momentum. In World History II, Mr. Villaamil was engaging his class in imagining the position of a proletarian in Paris on the eve of the revolution. Emma Brown, Derek Deiter, Ben Simon, GH Werowinski, Georgina Yang, Jingxi Li, Josh Grebler and Yates Desel discussed hopes, fears, tactics leading up to their study of the major documents of the era. Destiny Goncalves dropped by my office to ask questions about our March break trip to Costa Rica and how she will learn enough Spanish before then to communicate with her host family. And three of my advisees came by at different points: Hope showed me her new AP US History prep book, Will Hamer asked about a time to meet to put together his senior presentations, and Dani Robinson discussed plans for the coming term and the special sports program Mr. Johnson is designing to allow her to play tennis, her passion.
All of this is part of a regular day, and yet the excitement and positive energy of growth, hard work, and learning fill me with warmth as I leave the office and head home for an hour before supper, an Amnesty meeting, and study hall.