“Winter Carnival Week” … “This Is Me Week” … Course Selections 2012-2013

As has been tradition at SLRHS , March brings in Winter Carnival Week and the Junior Class sponsored Mr. Silver Lake. A little bit of history …Winter Carnival started over 18 years ago by then principal John McEwan as a means to boosts spirits in the doldrums of winter. In the age of high stakes tests (MCAS) and other academic necessities, we’ve toned things down a bit. Students will have dress up days each day next week and activities during lunch times. No class time will be lost to these activities. Listed below is the schedule for the week. Please encourage your student to join in on the fun.

Winter Carnival: February 27th-March 2nd

·       Mon: Class Color Day

o      Seniors: Blue

o      Juniors: Green

o      Sophomores: Pink

o      Freshmen: Purple

o      Faculty:  Black

·       Tues: Animal Day

·       Wed: Wacky Wednesday

·       Thurs: Super Hero Day

·       Fri: School Color Day: wear red, silver, and white

“THIS IS ME” Week

 

As I mentioned previously on my blog, Calvin Terrell was here about a month ago to speak to students, faculty and parents regarding social injustice. After seeing and hearing the impact Calvin had on our students, we wanted to keep up the momentum of promoting acceptance, tolerance and kindness to everyone.  Silver Lake is proud to announce “This Is Me” Week from March 5th-9th. The week will have several activities geared towards promoting tolerance and acceptance towards one another. The idea behind the “This Is Me” theme is focused around acceptance; encouraging our students to be comfortable of who they are and, in turn, accepting one another. We want our students to be proud, confident and secure enough to be able to stand up and say, “This is me!” Here is an explanation of a few of the activities we have planned.

In April 2009, Carl Joseph Walker Hoover, an 11 year old, committed suicide after experiencing relentless bullying. His mother, Sirdeaner Walker, decided to turn her tragedy into action by becoming an anti-bullying advocate. She created Stand Together – a community of people dedicated to taking a stand against bullying. During the lunch waves on Monday, March 5th, students will have the opportunity to sign the Stand Together pledge and print out their assigned number. Their pledge and picture will be taken and submitted to the organization and added to the thousands of other people across the country who have taken the pledge to STAND TOGETHER against bullying. Please visit www.standtogether.tv  for more information.

There will also be a Penny Drive every day during this week at the lunch waves. We will be donating the money we collect to the Born This Way Foundation, www.bornthiswayfoundation.org.

Led by Lady Gaga (yes THAT Lady Gaga) and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, the Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2011 to foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. The Foundation is dedicated to creating a safe community that helps connect young people with the skills and opportunities they need to build a braver, kinder world.

We believe that everyone has the right to feel safe, to be empowered and to make a difference in the world. Together, we will move towards acceptance, bravery and love.

So, please, feel free to send you child in with a little extra spare change! This is going to be a class competition and the class that raises the most money will be awarded with an ice cream social at a later date. The winner of this competition will be announced on Friday, the 9th, during an assembly in the gymnasium. In addition, every student at the high school will get a “This Is Me” bracelet. Once again, we are focused on getting our students to promote acceptance. We hope that these bracelets will serve as a constant reminder of Calvin Terrell’s inspiring message and provide our students with confidence to just be themselves.

 

Wednesday, March 7th, is National Spread the Word to End the Word Day. This initiative is an annual event that raises awareness to society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects the word “retard(ed)” has to those who have an intellectual disability. Again, during lunch waves, students will have an opportunity to sign a pledge stating they will stop using the R-word and will support inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities. The students in our Life Skills program run this activity and it is a moving, meaningful event.

Finally, Friday, March 9th, will be Blackout Bullying Day. Students are encouraged to wear all black in an effort to show that we are committed to eliminating bullying and replacing it with acceptance and tolerance of others. This will be an exciting day, with a special surprise for the students, so please, encourage them to wear black.

We are very excited for “This Is Me” week at Silver Lake. Hopefully we will be able to continue the work that Calvin Terrell started here in our school community.

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Click on the link to see the latest edition of the Youth Health Connection Newsletterhttp://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1107716625152-44/yhc_th_2162012.pdf

Comcast Email: The entire school district was having difficulties with Comcast email last week. For some reason, all emails to and from Comcast were being blocked. Our information systems department worked diligently with Comcast and the problem appears to be resolved. Please recognize that if you sent an email to the school from Comcast last week, it DID NOT get to its destination.

Progress Reports will be sent home on March 2, 2012

Course Selection 2012-2013

The 2012-2013 course selection process begins when we return from vacation. There will be a Grade 8 parent orientation at 6:30 PM on Tuesday 2/28/12 and guidance counselors will be in all English classes during the week to meet with students in grades 9-11. Our Program of Studies book is on-line,  we will not be printing copies. Click this link for the 2012-2013 SLRHS Program of Studies. http://www.slrsd.org/slrhs/information/Program%20of%20Studies/

Please call the Guidance Office if you have any questions. 781-585-3844

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