To emphasize the
similarities archaeologists and anthropologists have with lawyers in using
evidence to draw accurate conclusions, the 6th grade took part in a
court case challenge. The objective of the case was to prove that the ice
mummies found by anthropologists did not die of natural causes; that their
lives were taken from them by the hands of another. The students assigned
themselves roles (lawyers, archaeologists, forensic scientists, and
illustrators), researched for the relevant evidence, and then worked together
to organize the logistics of their presentation. With participation vital
to the success of each team, many students “dressed the part” by wearing suits
and lab coats. Even Mr. Sniffen got into the act, wearing the judge’s
robes, complete with a gavel made especially for him by Mr. Joe Larese.
Overall, the court cases were a huge success and an opportunity for the students
to engage in 21st century problem solving.
Wednesday, October 1st marked Haldane Elementary School’s 2nd annual Force for Good Day. The day began with the entire Haldane Elementary School body gathered outside around the school’s flagpole for the morning pledge. Many students wore blue to show their support and participation. Students began the morning assembly with the Pledge of Allegiance. Principal Brent Harrington shared remarks focused on “small acts of kindness” and the profound impact these acts—listening to a friend, inviting someone to play—can have on a school community.
Challenging students, Principal Harrington announced the new initiative of ‘becoming a Haldane Hero’. Students listened and watched as Principal Harrington placed a superhero cape around Vice Principal Julia Sniffen, calling her one of his heroes for all she does for Haldane. Haldane PTA Gang up for Good Committee Chair, Danielle Pack McCarthy, donning an “H” for Haldane superhero cape, encouraged students to become real heroes in their school and community.
The school community watched as the ‘Force for Good’ flag was raised, and then students and faculty recited the Haldane character pledge. Mr. Harrington dismissed students with the reminder to continue their day with a greater focus on the last three words of their character pledge--kindness, consideration and respect.
Immediately following the assembly, Haldane classrooms were alive with the sounds of teachers facilitating 2nd Step lessons—Haldane’s character education curriculum. Some students sat in groups discussing what it meant to be a true “force for good” in their school. Others grabbed paper, crayons and scissors, and designed themselves as superheroes, describing kindness as their superpower. The day concluded with all students, proudly wearing their new blue ‘force for good’ bracelets, signing class pledges stating, YES! We are ready to use our Force for Good to become Haldane Heroes!