The month of February brings a wealth of creative and meaningful learning opportunities to classrooms throughout our school district. February itself is designated as “Black History Month” and our students of all ages are learning about the contributions African Americans have made to our country. Historical figures such as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Ruby Bridges, George Washington Carver, and Ruby Bridges as well as more contemporary African Americans such as President Barack Obama, General Colin Powell, and Dr. Condoleezza Rice are all part of our “Black History Month” classroom discussions.
February 2 is “Groundhog Day” and in our schools teachers use this day to make charts and graphs as students predict whether or not the groundhog will see his shadow. Students may also write about which one (more winter or early spring) they prefer and why. Next up is “Valentine’s Day” and the opportunity to discover the history of this day as well as writing notes to family and friends telling them why they are special.
Additional academic activities are geared around President’s Day. Our older students learn about the duties of our President and discuss the three branches of government and the responsibilities of each. Younger students learn about the accomplishments of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, as well as other presidents. Students at every grade level personalize their learning through writing prompts such as “If I were the President of the United States I would…” or by researching the different presidents and then choosing one they admire and writing a report.
In our classrooms, it is our staff members that teach and inspire our students by providing them ways to connect important learning to real life. I appreciate their creativity and commitment to our students and to learning. As always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.
Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.