First of all, Ms. Hazel Barbour presented to our "Rainforest Heroes" enrichment cluster (A BIG thank you to Julia Harrod, LME parent, for making this happen). Ms. Barbour is from the non-profit group Rainforest Partnership. They are committed to protecting and conserving the tropical rainforest. This was right up our "Heroes" alley. She spoke to the group about her experiences in the rainforest, the importance of conserving the rainforest and answered many questions. Ms. Barbour was very impressed with our students and their knowledge. There was even talk about one day partnering with school children in the rainforest and talking over the computer. For more information on Rainforest Partnership, please visit the website http://www.rainforestpartnership.org/
Ms. Barbour talking with "Rainforest Heroes" students.
Also, Jan Richards and I were very happy to tour Dr. Matt Matthys around the second and third grade enrichment clusters and the school. Dr. Matthys is the Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support in RRISD. He had an opportunity to see not only the enrichment clusters in action, but also our 1st graders presenting their IIM products on a variety of animals and our 4th grade E-slot Electives. After the tour, Mrs. Richards and I sat down with Dr. Matthys to answer his questions and talk about the engaged learning that takes place everyday at Laurel Mountain. One thing that Mrs. Richards and I are passionate about is the Schoolwide Enrichment Model. And that is because the model has shaped the philosophy of teaching and learning that takes place everyday at LME. Our school works from a strength model that focuses on getting to know our students and their strengths. Working with students' strengths is something that Dr. Matthys feels is very important as well. It was a pleasure spending the morning with him and I hope that he stops by again in the future.
Continuing to develop the whole child...