Monday, June 14, 2010
(I thought that some in our school community may be interested in this offer that was extended by a University of Pennsylvania professor. Feel free to register if you would like to be involved in the June 26th event. Also, share it with any of our students ages 17 and older -- as noted, that group of particular interest.)
While it is late in the school year, I could use some help with outreach to student, staff and community members.
As you know, one strand of my work focuses on civic engagement. Currently, I’ve been asked by a national civic engagement organization called AmericaSpeaks to help with a national town hall meeting on the national budget and deficit.
The national town hall, called America Speaks: Our Budget, Our Economy, will be on Saturday, June 26, 2010 in Philadelphia. We’re hoping to have some 500 people gather in Philadelphia for this meeting.
I am writing to invite you and others from your community, including high school students (17 years of age or older) to participate in this event. We are looking for diverse participants, particularly students ages 17-25, people of all ages who are conservative/Republican in political thinking, low income persons and minorities.
I believe this can be a wake-up call for American democracy. It’s an event that has the potential to cut through the divisive exchanges that seem to characterize today’s political discussion about important issues.
Here’s more information about the national town meeting to set citizen-based priorities for the federal budget:
- What: America Speaks: Our Budget, Our Economy
- When: Saturday, June 26, 2010, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (lunch and snacks will be provided)
- Where: 3801 Market Street, First District Plaza
- Childcare will be provided
- To register
o mail: complete the registration form attached to this email
Participants will be connected with people from 17 other cities so that we can share concerns and ideas, learn from each other and develop a set of priorities to give to Congress and the President.
I’d greatly appreciate your assistance in getting the word out across your district. It will be a great opportunity for students and teachers to experience another form of democracy in action. And I think other stakeholders will find the day memorable as well!
Here’s why it’s important for you to give up a Saturday to join with others around this issue:
Our national deficit is projected to grow at an unsustainable rate over the next 10 years. This threatens our ability to fund what’s most important to us. The country remains deeply divided over what our national priorities are and what we, as a people, are prepared to do to support them. Clearly we need to do something and let our leaders know what we will support. It's time to come together as a country to make the tough choices that will ensure America's future.
With thousands of American voices joined together, this has true game-changing potential! It can provide the kind of pressure that can lead our elected officials to start governing rather than positioning and polarizing.
To register: Philadelphia Town Meeting: Our Budget, Our Economy
And when you do register, please indicate that you heard about this event from us at PPCE.
For more information: http://usabudgetdiscussion.org/
I’ve attached an electronic flyer and other information.
Harris Sokoloff, Ph.D.
Center for School Study Councils
Graduate School of Education
3440 Market Street, Suite 500
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3325
Study Councils: http://www.gse.upenn.edu/cssc
Civic Engagement: http://www.gse.upenn.edu/ppce
Thursday, June 10, 2010
The 25 Book Club is a year long reading incentive where students are encouraged to read 25 books outside of school hours. Throughout the school year, students receive small rewards when they reach the five, ten, fifteen, and twenty book levels. Larger rewards are received when a student reaches 25 book or above. At West End, this effort came to a close on June 1st.
Those students who extended themselves to read beyond the 25 book goal and who were one of the top eight readers in their grade level will be traveling to Liberty Lake in Columbus, NJ, on June 11th for a fun day of outdoor activities including team building events, swimming, boating, miniature golf and rock climbing.
Congratulations to all of our readers!
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Parents, teachers, and students gathered in the West End auditorium, where projects were displayed, and ballots were cast to select the most creative, functional, and best use of recycled material project. Enrichment students, Ashley Campbell, Elese Bevelheimer, and Nate Recchia presented a Power Point on the importance of recycling. Kelsey Hoffman, Nija Spencer, Even Laneader and Naseemah Alfareh also assisted in the production of the presentation.
The event was a huge success, with over two hundred in attendance. Awards went to West End’s Tirzah McMillan, Annie Hughes, and Jada Love’s “Recyc-A-Bike,” Walnut’s Brianna Cramer and Amanda Tumolo’s “A&B Curtains,” and Evergreen’s Naquan Matthews, Shelby Turner, and Marti Salmon’s “Reuse-A-Palooza Hour Glass.” Honorable mention inventions went to West End’s Anna Schollenberger, Lauren Shamlian, and Lucienne Nowak’s “Gecko Bags,” Walnut’s Ashley Campbell, Kelly Powell, and Rebecca Rossett’s “Amaza Shelf,” and Evergreen’s Ayan Thompson, Tahi’r Roundtree, and Jennica Washington’s “Ecto Toys.” It was clear that all fifth graders learned from this meaningful experience while having fun.
Friday, June 04, 2010
Thursday, June 03, 2010
The picture below is of the 3rd grade girls holding their yarn dolls that were made as part of the club activity. The yarn dolls went along with the pioneer days of the American Girl Kirsten stories.
- Walnut: Book Club and S.L.A.G. (Student, Leaders, Athletes, and Gentlemen)
- Evergreen: Readers' Theater and Art Club
- West End: W.E.B.S.T.E.R. Club and Fitness Club
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
It has been quite a year in sports for Woodbury High School this year: South Jersey Group I Championship in football, South Jersey Group I Championship in boys basketball, and now this track success.
Read some of the details in the stories below: