In Current Events, we learn about and discuss current issues that appear in the news. This semester, we have talked about economic inequality in the U.S., gun violence and the gun control debate, and environmental issues. The topics are primarily chosen based on student inquiry and interest. For each topic, we look at informative videos, news articles, and infographics. We also study graphs of various kinds to understand the data behind the issues we are discussing. The activity focuses on student-generated responses and opinions within guided discussions.
Mentor Jocelyn and scholar with the finished piece!
In Art and Sculpture, the students had fun painting parts of a larger mural that they later connected together. Each painting is a representation of one aspect of each student, that plays a a part in the larger mural of class portraits.
More pictures of the completed mural are forthcoming!
We will be thinking about how dance relates to Pop Culture. Looking into Dance music videos and famous dancers. Taking part in a choreographic collaboration. Learning several different dance styles and techniques including Ballet, Salsa, Lyrical, Tap, Hip-Hop, and Jazz. Overall we will be gaining an understanding why dance is important!
We’re aiming to give kids the space to practice using writing as a way to express original ideas and opinions. In this process, we view structured and creative group discussion as a key technique to get ideas flowing. Our planned workshops target broad issues such as racism, sexism, gun violence and LGBTQ rights on a relatable and student-driven level. We also use media such as music videos or spoken word performances as a vehicle to get conversation started. Ultimately, we want the students we work with to come out of our workshops with not only an increased confidence and knowledge about these broad issues, but a love and pride in their writing abilities.
Social Justice aims to give Poughkeepsie Middle School students the tools to enact social change within their community. After an examination of some of the issues that are affecting PMS students (e.g. bullying, lack of activities for sixth graders, apathy for education), will we choose an issue and work towards social change through a combination awareness-raising, possible fundraisers, petitions, or even random acts of kindness.