Our HomeBase (HB) Advisories have had a busy fall. September included ice breaker activities, getting-to-know-you activities, general overviews of school protocols and a chance to ask all of the questions that come up at the start of a school year. Students and HB Advisors enjoyed the chance to sit together during lunch for the first few weeks of school to continue to get to know one another. Our first structured lesson of the year in HomeBase incorporated the concept of “Listening to Understand.” Through role play, discussions, and reflections students were able to see first-hand the benefits of listening to others speak and responding with an acknowledgement of an opposing opinion.
We continued with our year of storytelling during our recent Kindness Day Assembly. Both students and faculty shared stories of what kindness looks like to them or how they have experienced kindness. Following the assembly, students had an opportunity to share about the impact kindness can have on others. MS students also took part in our “Humans of D-E” program. Faculty and staff from throughout our community volunteered to be matched up with a HB Advisory. As we get to further know our community members and hear their stories, we strengthen the ties we have within our community and beyond. The opportunity to really know one another can only lead to understanding, empathy and of course, kindness.
Let’s go, Blue! Let’s go, Gold! Let’s go, White! These chants were echoing throughout Schenck Auditorium on Thursday during our fall Middle School Pep Rally. And what a pep rally it was! Team recognition, color chants, and silly contests all combined into a raucous time cheering for D-E. Pep Rally photos are below; See above or click here for a video segment.
Our annual Halloween assembly is fast approaching! This year, our Middle School Arts Council has devised three activities sure to spark interest in many. We’ll be hosting a Scary Story Telling Contest, a Creative Make-up Contest, and a Costume Contest.