As graduation week begins there is much to celebrate. Certainly, we have many graduates, their families, their teachers, and their mentors that have worked hard to accomplish the celebrations of this week.
On the other side, it is also a time to look at the
spectacular work of many of our teachers and staff that do extraordinary things
for our students. To point to one
example, that in my view represents many, I would look at the Senior Exhibition
event at JW North HS. This is certainly
a great example of preparing our students for the world beyond high school
Though it probably is not an “official” Senior Exhibition
project – I am stunned by the work of just one of our teachers in this
area. In this case, AFTER graduation, the teacher
contacts you and asks you to write another essay and make sure it includes a
literary work as part of the overall theme.
Guess what, many students did exactly that and emailed their essays back
to the teacher (had to use email as they didn’t show up for class
anymore). The teacher, of course,
commented and edited the work and returned it.
All of it ended up as the most extraordinary book of these essays – that
are very thought-provoking and insightful from our students about their various
journeys in life.
The book is entitled:
Bookmarked by Ann Camacho (JW North teacher). If you haven’t looked at it I would highly
recommend it. I was intrigued and impressed by the project -- I was even more impressed by the quality of writing and thinking by our students. To that end, I would also
thank Ann and all of the other teachers across RUSD that are so committed to
our students and their excellence.
P.S. Ann, please don't edit my work as it is not likely to be to the standard that you have demanded of your students.