This past Friday was an exciting day at Laurel Mountain. First of all, we had our 4th and 5th grade Enrichment Cluster Showcase. The displays were set up in the mini-gym, cafeteria and in the hallway. Thank you to everyone came to see the incredible journey our 4th and 5th grade students have taken over the past eight weeks. The President of our RRISD School Board, Mr. Charles Chadwell, came by to visit. Jan Richards, our principal, toured him around the showcase. We were very proud to show the students' hard work to Mr. Chadwell.
I was amazed by the variety of products displayed at the showcase. We had live experiments taking place, demonstrations of peer mediation, movies, paintings, clay figures and bowls, beautiful cross-stitching work, monster heads and scary stories, a fire safety video, preserve tours, claymation videos and sets, student created comic strips, photography portfolios to name a few. It is always so impressive to see what the students can produce in eight hours over eight weeks. Our students are truly amazing!
After the showcase, several teachers and a couple parents from Pond Springs Elementary in RRISD met with Jan Richards and me to discuss the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM). At Pond Springs, they are working towards creating their own version of an Enrichment Slot (E-slot). This is the time that we have every Friday morning from 8:00-9:00. It was fun to answer questions about how we have developed SEM at our school. If you have not already figured this out, I am very enthusiastic about SEM and I love sharing that positive energy with other teachers. And it is REALLY exciting to that the philosophy of SEM and the idea of working with students' strengths and interests is starting to spread in own district.
Continuing to develop the whole child...