How did we ever live at our school without our Leadership Class? Every Friday afternoon the 6th graders meet for Leadership Class. Their purpose is to learn how to work together to better themselves and our school. Mrs. Higgins and Ms. Breier are their leadership mentors and are guiding them through this process. What I love about the leadership class is that they are helping our school. They clean the grounds, they pick up all the recycling, they take care of computers-in short they do any project that is asked of them. Each student picks a project that best suits him or her and they do their work with pride.
I have been very fortunate lately to be able to work with part of the leadership class. Their purpose is to create a movie about our school for new parents and students, whose primary language is not English. This movie has been the dream of Mrs. Woodruff, our ELL instructor, for a long time. Finally this year we are working to make our dream come true! The movie will be narrated in different languages and will be available for parents to view when they enroll their students at school. It covers the basics about the school such as who the principal is, the office staff, specialist teachers, recess rules and play areas, lunch, popcorn Wednesdays, school arrival/pickup and so on.
Our movie team volunteered to be part of this project. They have taken the pictures, loaded them into our movie program, and are now doing the translation work. Everything has been written first in English, and now teams of experts are working on translating into their native languages. I walked around the library yesterday afternoon in amazement as kids we conversing in Spanish, Vietnamese, Japanese, Ukranian, Russian, Tagalog, and French. It was like being in a mini United Nations meeting! These kids are experts in their languages and it is so incredible that the Leadership Class gives them a way to bring out their strengths and do something very worthwhile for our school!
I can’t wait to see the final movies! It’s going to be great! To EVERYONE involved in the ELL Movie Project – Way to Go! You are doing awesome work!