During the school year Sargent school students and staff do a host of school activities related to creating a positive school climate and RAISE (Respect, Achievement, Inclusion, Service and Empathy).
Early in the school year our school counselor will talk to students about what to do if they are having conflicts with fellow students.
During the school year, we at the Annie L. Sargent School will continue our efforts this year to promote the values of RAISE in our school community every school day. Organized by our School Climate Committee we will be promoting a sense of community among members of our Sargent family and continue the teachings, learnings and activities of students related to the principles of RAISE.
We will continue our tradition of “Watch out, Shout out! Fridays” where RAISE-worthy deeds during the week are recognized on the intercom between refrains of The Isley Brothers/Otis Day and the Nights: “You Make Me Want To Shout!” Also, our monthly RAISE assemblies that focus on various principles of RAISE. Assemblies include special guest speakers from the community, for example we’ve had in the past Officer Mark Wilson and Kara Caffrey from the NAPD as well as students from NAHS.
Finally, each month we have a school-wide RAISE Assembly in which we celebrate one of the principles of RAISE as a school community. In September, the RAISE Assembly was focussed on" Achievement through Perseverance." A few students from grades 4 and 5 worked with our librarian Courtney Ahearn as she read aloud a book about perseverance. The book was called Try Again, Sally Jane by Mary Diestel-Feddersen. Students acted out parts of the book as she read. As students held up RAISE signs to kick off the assembly, a mystery guest (A student from Miss Shannon's class) appeared wearing a red cape holding the letter 'P" for Perseverance, which turned RAISE in PRAISE for working hard to achieve! To help define perseverance, students from 3rd grade made a poster that read "Try, try, try again." The poster has found a permanent home outside our library. Later in the week, examples of student perseverance were given by teachers for our Shout Outs, and will continue to be our focus this year. All of this connects wonderfully to our work in the classroom with the Growth Mindset.
October was focused on Respecting yourself and others through walking safety. We combined the Safe Routes work with the lower grades to focussed on walking safety. School Resource Officer Kara Caffrey spoke to the students , which was the day of our Monster Mash and Halloween weekend. Officer Caffrey answer a wide assortment of questions from the students regarding walking safety when trick or treating.
During our November RAISE Assembly our very own Courtney Ahearn dazzled the students with a story by Jacqueline Woodson which was projected in full screen to the students. Courtney's very animated story telling was a wonderful prelude to the students attending the wonderful district assembly at the High School where they were able to meet award winning author and have her take questions from them. Her message was one of Respect, Acheivement and Inclusion.
In December was our annual Holiday Sing-a-long. Each grade level was able to stand and show off their multi-talents with the accompaniment of our master of music, Mr. Shelkowitz! Various Sargent cultural holiday celebrations were highlighted as well. And, no Holiday Sing-A-Long would be complete without the appearance of our secret guest dancing performance of Frosty the Snowman! Great time was had by all. It was a great day for Inclusion and Respect at the Sargent.