Congratulations to our 8th grade SOS Peer Leaders! You've had an amazing year, and we hope you take all of your leadership and positive influence with you as you move on to high school. Extra shout outs to Jennifer and Maher, two SOS Peer Leaders, who spoke at the promotion ceremony about their personal struggles and life lessons that they will take away from middle school. Dyuti performed beautifully with the orchestra, sharing her talents (and healthy activity!) with the crowd! And remember....if you want to come back to help us grow SOS next year, we'd love to have all of our 8th graders participate as 9th graders! To our administrators and directors who spoke at graduation, thank you all for highlighting your own challenges that you have overcome and wise words about working hard but more importantly helping others!
Our SOS Team partnered with Team Leaders to host a fantastic end of the year carnival. The carnival featured a variety of fun and healthy activities that allowed students across grades to interact and build friendships. We had large inflatable obstacle courses, face painting, water balloons, basketball and soccer tournaments, and more. Favorite carnival snack, like popcorn, cotton candy, and flavored ice, were enjoyed by all! For the mid-day pep rally, SOS Peer Leaders planned, led, and supervised all the activities! The whole school - staff and students - participated. Musical chairs, mummy wrap races, scooter races, dizzy bat races, blindfolded drawing contests, pie eating contests, and more were met with great applause! Thank you to everyone who helped make this a wonderful day, and extra thanks to all the SOS peer leaders who took on leadership roles to make this happen!
Reminder! SOS Peer Leaders will be in charge of Friday's pep rally! Be sure to wear your tie dyed shirts and come show off your great leadership skills as we plan our last school-wide healthy activity Friday! There will be sing-a-longs, bobbing for M&Ms, name that tune, mummy wraps, basketball competitions, scooter races, dizzy bat competitions, musical chairs, and more!
As a part of our end of the year meeting, students circled through centers to give feedback on how to improve the SOS program for next year and to reflect on their work this year. Below is a brief summary of cheers and changes!
Beginning of the Year Training:
+ Hands on activities
+ Played games
+ Met new people
+ Built positivity
+ Got out of class
^ Make the training in a bigger space
^ Have another training in the middle of the year to keep people motivated
^ Have more activities during training
+ Morning announcements
+ Passes for lunch
+ Cafeteria door
+ Including the location of the meeting
^ Week long morning announcements
^ Keep on same day of the week each month to make it easier to remember
^ Meeting dates on a bulletin board
^ Email PRIDE teachers to ask to remind students
^ Passes before 7th period
^ Hang poster with meeting reminder
^ Write in student organizers
^ ConnectEd message
^ Notification apps (Remind App) or program in cell phone
^ Increase the number of lunch and after school meetings
^ Have less games during lunch. Keep it for after school.
+ Fall Pep Rally and Tie Dyed shirts were the favorites
^ Increase number of people participating
^ Quarterly pep rally and one after PARCC :)
^ Invite a friend to meet more people
HUGE thank you to all the students and staff who made this a great year! Here's to next year being even better!
Check out what our awesome Peer Leaders had to say about their work this year with SOS!
I engaged and led campagins to help Lee have better positive mental health. The students at Lee needed my support. Students struggle to make friends or need someone to cheer them up. I learned that I can be a people-person and I work well with people. - A.M.
In SOS, we worked on a lot of "projects" to spread good positivity. I helped in putting together the "projects." I realized the privileges I have and how I should be more thankful. The whole entire SOS experience was based on school and what we can do to make it a better experience. - D.K.
We learned about being leaders not only for ourselves but also for our peers. The problem was that our peers might've been going through things so we gave them advice about it. I think our peers benefited, but so did we. We all benefited because we learned ways to be a leader. I learned that I AM a leader! I can help people and give them advice. - T. N.
As a SOS leader, I:
- Helped encourage other students to help each other and be positive leaders
- Made others feel happy
- Learned that little things I do can help a lot
- Learned that being a leader to help out our school takes a lot of creativity
- K. L.
In SOS I shared my thoughts and learned new stuff from 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. I have gotten closer to staff and my everyday teachers. - E. B.
I helped prepare campaigns with positive messages that motivated kids in the school. This served an emotional need for kids, as middle school is tough. The students benefited and so did the teachers because happier students are probably easier to teach. I learned I am a positive peer leader and have good ideas...It made me happy that a teacher thought highly enough of me to be a part of this program. - A. H.
As a SOS leader, I:
- helped other students to become better leaders
- made others feel happy
- helped our teachers
- learned the little things are what count
- T. R.
In SOS, I spread the message of kindness through campaigns. We helped everyone who was sad or down. Everyone benefited from our service. I learned about mental health. - J. C.
I helped my school have a positive mindset throughout the year. We improved peer interaction and safety in school. I learned that I can help others be happy and successful. This experience was really fun! - A. S.
In SOS we helped promote positive ideas to the school. I learned I could help others who need help. We helped create a better environment which might have lead to better academics. - J. A.
As a SOS leader, I:
- helped around school with various activities
- willingly helped teachers
- learned I am really good at helping others even if I'm not necessarily up for it
- F. T.
We helped kids who might have self-esteem issues know that they have a friend and gave others confidence to do things they normally wouldn't. - T. D.
I cam to do a lot of stuff, like making the tie dye shirts. And we did a lot of activities that included the school. SOS is peer interaction, safety, suicide prevention, and being students at school that you could ask for help....before I didn't ask for help and now I do. - T. F.
We did a lot of activities that had to do with mental health and positive healthy activities...We got to think about our mental health in ways we usually wouldn't - E. I.
I learned that I can manage stress well. - S. A.
Kimberly Hayden Williams
Special Education Teacher: James Frazier