One of our goals beginning a couple years ago was to look for additional ways to CONNECT our students to activities, staff members and our school community. From that goal, we formed a Student Connection committee who has tried to be creative as to how we can accomplish this before, during and after school.
One idea that came out of this group was having Interest Groups during Advisory time. Each year, students generate ideas of activities they would enjoy ranging from coloring to card games to tumbling to cricket and many more ideas. Once those 30-40 ideas are generated, a teacher volunteers to lead one of the groups of students, students get to choose their top 3 choices, groups are formed and they meet together in small groups each Thursday during Advisory for 8-10 weeks. Voila! Students meet new friends and make a connection with another adult in the building.
Last year, we worked on adding to our before and after school options. Although small in number of opportunities last year, the groups like Art Club, Video Game Club, Basketball and Chess connected some passionate students with passionate adults. This fall, we have some great options for students already and parents/students can find them on this blog. We want to expand our offerings by getting more parents, grandparents and community members involved. Do you have an idea for a before or after school club, group or activity? You, a grandparent or friend could host a card game club, athletic activities, financial literacy, gardening (we have a garden at South!!), book clubs, etc here at South before or after school. We’d love to keep adding to our offerings at South MS and you can help! Email me or give me a call to share you idea and begin the planning!
Thank you for helping us continue to move toward our purpose and goal of connecting every child to South Middle School in some way at some time of their day.