We End Violence
This past Tuesday, Jeff Bucholtz, the Director of We End Violence (weendviolence.com) visited Journeys School to speak with the middle and high school students. For the past eleven years, Jeff has worked as an activist and public speaker, providing hundreds of presentations and performances in the fields of sexual violence, masculinity, relationship violence, gender normativity, popular culture, violence prevention, stalking, bullying, working in alliances, feminist thought, and the intersectionality of oppression. Jeff’s level-appropriate presentation helped participants connect their daily behaviors and experiences to both the causes of and solutions to violence. His technique makes the topic more personal to participants and empowers them to do something about it instead of feeling indifferent, helpless, or hopeless. Please engage your child in a conversation on the learning that took place through these experiences.

Leadership Program
Over the past five weeks, the middle school leadership program has been working with the Community Safety Network & GAP (Girls Actively Participate) to support the development of social-emotional skills. Students covered the concepts of media literacy, technology, safe relationships, privilege, self-awareness, non-verbal communication, mindfulness, and many other concepts that address the development of important social and emotional skills.  Please reach out to staff to learn more about this programming.

Semester Reports
The second semester has just begun and you should look for comments and grades to be mailed by the end of the week (barring any technological issues).

Parent Survey Update

Thank you to all the parents (32) that took the time to complete the end of semester survey. Your feedback is currently being analyzed and we will report back to you on any actionable items next week.

Parents of Eighth Grade Students

The information night for the DC journey will be Wednesday, February 15th from 5:30-6:30pm in the South L of the middle school.  We will discuss the logistics and goals of the journey and provide time for questions. This night is intended for parents as students will have a chance to ask questions during capstone class.  Detailed information about the journey will be e-mailed directly to parents prior to the meeting.  Attendance is not required but please RSVP directly to Kate Schelbe at kate.schelbe@journeyschool.org.

Hackathon Success!
Thank you to all parents, friends and elementary students who attended the MS Design Hackathon last Thursday! The event was a lovely success and students were excited to share and show off their creative computing work. Attendees voted on their favorite projects, and congratulations are due to the following students:
Most Creative: Larkin Kern
Most Fun Game: Larkin Kern
Most Entertaining: Ansel & Oliver
Audience Choice Award: Maya Ramkowsky, Chloe Wehner, and Ellory Hare
Excellent job to all students, and code on!