After reading the nonfiction biography Family Ties, students in the Opportunity Class presented a comparison of Amy Tan and Barack Obama's struggles seeking cultural identity. They then wrote essays using textual evidence to prove their thesis.
On October 14, Social Justice Food Class visited Enterprise Farm in Whately. We learned about organic farming and different ways farms are trying to bring fresh produce to urban areas. Enterprise, for example, has a food truck that brings fresh vegetables to Springfield at an affordable price. Our kids loved trying fresh spinach directly from the earth, as well as orange bell pepper and swiss chard. The good folks at Enterprise then sent us off with a bag of free apples!
Derek was assigned the task of combining a digital photograph of Paulo Freire with one of his quotations and make a poster for our school. His work was enlarged and framed and appears in the main office.
Congratulations to Bendan! He has been offered an internship at YES COMPUTERS where he will be dismantling computers and repairing them.
Here is a photo of French one students doing a name game. Students say "je m'appelle" and their name and then toss the streamer to the next person. Then they repeat all the names before them using French. Once we make the star, we go backwards.
PFSJCS was number one in the state for Student Growth (SGP) on the 10th Grade ELA MCAS and tied for number one in the state for growth for Hispanic and Latino students for ELA!
On September 18, 2014, Office Manager Melanie Diaz and Academic Support Teacher Jenifer Ortiz and some of our students had the pleasure of listening to Erin Gruwell talk about her career as a teacher in California. Erin Gruwell is a teacher, an education activist, and the founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation. She created the Freedom Writer Methodology, a progressive teaching philosophy and curricula designed to achieve excellence from all students. Erin’s story was the inspiration for the movie “Freedom Writers” starring Hillary Swank and Patrick Dempsey.
Each month PFSJCS hands out awards to exceptional students. Following are our October Students of the Month awards recipients.
Paulo Freire Extends Lease at 161 Lower Westfield Road
Executive Director, Bob Brick is pleased to report to the community that the Board of Trustees recently voted to extend the lease at 161 Lower Westfield Road for 2 more years. This will allow the school to stay put and to carefully plan for a permanent home for the school following this 3-year period.
The Board signed the lease extension last week, which was the result of our original negotiations with the landlord as part of our space procurement process from over a year ago.
The Board had authorized a new Request for Proposal (RFP) for Leased Space this summer, but was disappointed that only one response was forthcoming. The Board felt that the response did not meet all of the space needs as outlined in the RFP. Consequently they decided to take advantage of the option we already had.
We will begin planning how to add the necessary square footage to accommodate the increase of students planned for over the next two years. We will also begin the planning process for our permanent home at the same time. Anyone interested in joining a committee to help plan should contact Bob Brick (email@example.com).
On October 3rd, Holyoke State Representative Aaron Vega took a tour our our new school and complemented us on our wonderful programs. He pledged to work with us and all of the school children in Holyoke!