Thursday, August 15, 2013

Rachel's Challenge

Our counselors have worked diligently to provide an opportunity for Hixson Middle School students and staff to participate in Rachel's Challenge this year.

We are very excited about this experience, and this email will explain the program and the schedule of events for next week, particularly, August 22.

Rachel's Challenge is a national program started by Rachel Scott's parents as a result of her tragic death at Columbine High School.  The message from her code of ethics about creating a culture of kindness within schools has since reached millions of students and staff members.  Rachel’s challenges are things like:

·         Dreaming Big and Believing in Yourself,
·         Being Kind to Others,
·         Practicing Positive Gossip,
·         Showing Appreciation to Those You Love, and
·         Being the Answer.

We invite you to visit for more information or view this video to gain a better understanding of the work of the group.

On Thursday August 22 we will be hosting grade-level assemblies in the auditiorium.

  • 7th grade-8:45-9:45
  • 8th grade-10:15-11:15
In addition to the assemblies we will further our development with a Friends of Rachel training event during 6 & 7 hours that day.  This training incorporates 50 7th grade and 50 8th grade students with 10 staff members to receive training on what Rachel's Challenge might look like at Hixson. The 10 staff members will receive a separate notification for training purposes.

We will also host a community event that evening at 7pm to invite parents to play a role in our work at Hixson.  You are encouraged to attend.  Your presence will be a visual reminder to parents of our commitment to work on this together.

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