At the end of every school year, the teachers and staff of JES take time to sit together and reflect upon the past year. We talk about the great things that we have accomplished as well as what we wanted to change or improve upon for the next year. It was during one of our little staff chats that our principal, Mr. Tremblay, brought up the idea of monthly assemblies.
The idea of monthly assemblies came from 2 different places. First of all, our students didn’t really know who to properly behave when in a formal setting (like end of the term assemblies, concerts, etc.) – and that was due to lack of practice. Secondly, Mr. Tremblay, Ms. Hartt, and myself had the opportunity to attend a two day workshop in Montreal last spring that focused on student centred schools and how to promote the “whole” child and not only the academic success of children. Hence, the idea for the monthly assemblies was born.
September’s monthly assembly took place during the first week of school. Our students were introduced to the idea of the monthly assembly and what they could expect from each one. In a nutshell, each monthly assembly will focus on a positive character trait that the students and staff of JES want to highlight. Based on the character trait of the month, teachers get to nominate 2 students to receive awards for their positive contribution to school life. We also take the time to highlight achievements of our students that take place outside of school in an effort to show our support and pride for students whose talents, interests, and success aren’t calculated with marks and rubrics in the classroom.
The character trait for the month of September was CARING. Here was the criteria to choose from:
Congratulations to Océane and Anthony P. for showing us how you care for yourself and others at JES! Your smiles are bright enough to make my classroom shine and your consideration of others is simply wonderful! You make me, your teachers, your parents, and your friends very proud!