Friday Flash October 30, 2015

A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor

 

-Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

What an excellent week!  There was learning going on inside and outside the classrooms, performances in the cafeteria, and books in the atrium.  Thank you to all the students and staff who work so hard every day.

 

The Frightful Flash is chock-full of information for our students and families this week. Don't let your student miss out on opportunities-go over the Flash together and keep up with everything happening at Sizer School.

 

We wish everyone a happy and safe Halloween.  We'll see you all back here on Monday!

Friday Flash October 23, 2015

“The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”

- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, current Liberian president

 

 

Happy Friday!

 

 

Please check the Flash for news, events, and other information to help us be our best community.Next Friday is the day before Halloween, and we've been asked by students about the possibility of wearing costumes in school.  If your student plans on wearing a costume, please help them plan with the following guidelines:

 

Halloween costumes are allowed on Halloween, but all school dress codes apply.  Please remember the basic guidelines of decency (no violent, alcohol, or drug references), modesty (no skimpy clothing), and good taste for what is appropriate at school.

 

Particularly relevant are the following:

No hats or headpieces

No dark glasses

No wigs

No masks

No makeup that makes identifying a student difficult

No weapons or simulations of weapons

 

If you can't participate properly or safely in your classes, including labs or wellness, then it should not be worn.

 

Have a great weekend, and we'll see you all on Monday.

 

Day of Kindness

 

This week Sizer 7th graders participated in Kindness Day, a thought-provoking activity that speaks directly to the school’s motto of THINK, CARE, ACT. The teachers guided students through group discussions around the different ways that kindness is present in the world and in our community.

However, kindness is only the second half of the equation. Two weeks ago advisories worked on an activity called “Pyramid of Hate,” prompting them to think critically about the not-so-kind things that occur in life. The students were given papers with words on them describing hateful actions – ranging from bullying to genocide – and were tasked to arrange the actions on the floor in order of how hateful they were. Through peer-led discussion, the classes voted and offered their own opinions about which actions belonged at the top or bottom of the pyramid. Some of the terms were confusing and unknown to the group, such as arson or desecration, but many of the cards held familiar acts that students have seen even in their own communities.

This week’s Kindness Day was a contrast to the Pyramid of Hate activity. This time around, students were given sticky notes and asked to write down their own actions of kindness. Then the groups formed their actions into a pyramid, discussing which showed the most kindness and deserved to be at the top of the pile. Students brainstormed a variety of actions including donating money or clothes to charity, holding the door open, helping a friend with homework, making someone laugh, adopting a puppy, volunteering a food bank, and giving a hug. In the group share-out students read their favorite kindness words, and were asked to choose two actions that they could commit to doing over the course of the year. In addition, teachers and staff shared stories of kindness that have stayed with them, and how they seek to show kindness in their lives. 

I was so impressed with how creative, eloquent, and thoughtful the students were during these discussions. Students are not only challenged to grow academically but also think about how their thoughts and actions can positively influence the people around them. 

What act of kindness will you commit to today? 

 

Alumni News

 

Sizer students end up all over the country - and always accomplishing amazing things! Sizer 2015 graduate Deryn Susman is in her first year at Wagner College in New York. 

Even in her first months at college she is already setting standards for her classmates around her. After completing the first assignments in the required freshman seminar, she proved her writing abilities to be well above her peers - and even on the level of college graduates! Her professor was impressed with her writing and hasn't seen many students at Deryn's level as an entering freshman.

Deryn and her professor are petitioning the Education Department to allow her to spend first semester on a project about Reform of Special Education in addition to her freshman seminar. This independent project would be an extra opportunity for her to study a field that she's passionate about. This sort of project is unheard of for anyone at Wagner this early in their academic career.

Deryn's mother was feeling very proud, joking that she "sticks out [her] tongue at everyone who informed [her] that moving Deryn to a charter school was a huge mistake and that it was only a place for delinquents. Take that all you naysayers!" The family has two other students currently at Sizer, who also have their own impressive talents and skills. We look forward to seeing what all our Sizerites accomplish after they leave 500 Rindge Road! 

Congratulations Deryn! 

Friday Flash October 16, 2015

"One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to be supplied is light, not heat."

President Woodrow Wilson    1913-1921

 

 

Friday is here, with a great weekend ahead to enjoy the changing colors.  

 

As promised, the Flash sat down and talked with two Sizer juniors about their recent experience at the Susan G. Komen 3-Day in Philadelphia.  Please read what they had to day on the front page of the Flash.

 

Sizer School is planning a Veteran's Day Observance for Tuesday, November 10th, and we are looking for the community's help in planning it.  Please see the Flash for details.

 

Please be sure to note the important parking information in the Flash.

 

The school year is in full swing; please read through the Flash with your student to stay up-to-date on class trips, class news, deadlines, events, and more.

 

Please remember that this coming Wednesday, October 21, is a half-day for students.

 

Have a great weekend, and we'll see on Monday.

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