a few words from Mrs. Mannion
At Miscoe, we believe an education wherein academics and social-emotional learning are intertwined allows students to develop the knowledge and skills needed to thrive. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, or CASEL, defines social and emotional learning (SEL) as an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions. https://casel.org/what-is-sel/
The pandemic has stressed the importance of this for all. Balancing work and play is always an important part of the middle school model. It is also an important component of self care. Joining in the fun of dressing up and experiencing the delight in walking the building and observing the many staff and students in costume last month felt medicinal. As the popular children's song states, "The more we play together, together, together, The more we play together, the happier we'll be." We will continue to identify ways to engage students in fun, celebration and play as we navigate our way through educating students during a pandemic.
A few of the happenings at Miscoe:
Parent-Teacher conferences: The conferences schedule for this month have been postponed. The dates are to be determined and will be shared as soon as they are available.
Subsequently, the November days originally scheduled for conferences, November 9 and 10, will now be FULL SCHOOL DAYS rather than half days.
A way for students to have fun learning outside of school:
From Boston College:
BC Splash is a 1-day event held at Boston College each semester where students in grades 7-12 can take fun, interesting, and engaging classes that are taught and designed by our undergraduates!
In response to COVID-19, our event will be virtual this semester, but we have put together a great day and fantastic lineup of classes over zoom for the students. They can take classes such as The Economics of Friendship, The Physics of Airplanes, The Power of Positive Affirmations, and many others!
BC Splash will be held virtually on Sunday, November 8th from 10am - 3:15pm.
Students can register at our website, bcsplash.learningu.org
Registration closes on Friday, November 6th at 11:59pm.
“Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” ~ Walt Disney