Thursday, March 16, 2017 – Early Dismissal at 1:58 pm
(Report Cards go home with students on Tuesday, March 14, 2017)
No appointments necessary.
Come to the gymnasium from 4:45 pm – 7:45 pm. We encourage all parents and guardians to attend with their student(s). You do not need to book a time in advance. We look forward to seeing you once again on the 16th.
Note: Some teachers may also be offering additional opportunities to discuss student learning at different times. They are contacting their students’ families directly with this information.
Black History Month Video – Learning from our peers
Students were tasked to reflect on the video produced and presented by Don Ross students for Black History Month. Specifically, they were asked to reflect on prior knowledge and new learning. While many students had some understanding of the history and suffering that Black persons endured, many gained new understanding about the meaning of the word “ignorance” and what using the “N” word is all about.
Here is a sample of our student reflections:
I used to Think…
Now I Think…
|The N word wasn’t that offensive||That it is racist and the worst thin ever. It is great that the students stood up and said how they feel and reminded us that we are all humans no matter where we are from.|
|That ignorance was not caring that much about other races||That ignorance means lacking knowledge or understanding about anything|
|That the N word was just used to describe a black person||That the N word is a way to mock African Americans and should NEVER be used|
|That the N word was a rapper word||That the N word is really offensive because it has a relation to slavery|
|That ignorance meant you were an idiot||That it means to not know about something (it is not being stupid)|
|The N word is offensive||Changing the word a bit does not make it OK|
|That the N word was just another way of saying someone with darker skin||Was I wrong! The N word is very disrespectful and was used to degrade black people during the time of slavery|
|That ignorance meant someone who either didn’t listen or purposefully tried to avoid learning||Ignorance can mean when someone uses a certain term without really knowing what it means|
|I use to think that the N word was a really bad word that shouldn’t be used as an insult||Now that I know the history behind it, I know it really shouldn’t be used at all|
|That the N word was something cool to say||It is a word of hate and discrimination and I think it’s a word that should never be used again|
|I listen to music that has that word in it and I would play the music without any thought||Now that I see what’s behind it, I am more sensitive about it|
|All races feel included and are treated the same||Sometimes maybe some races, black people, can feel separate by how people treat people|
|It is really bad using the N word and it can hurt people emotionally||Because it is common in Rap songs, I’m aware that the fact that it is in those songs doesn’t give me the right to say it|
|That it’s a bad word and that rappers shouldn’t use that word either because they are making people feel that its ok to use that word||I still have the same opinion but now I have the information to make a rational decision|
|I thought the N word was just another swear word||That the N work could affect people’s wellbeing|
|That the N word means growing up in the Hood||It came from an awful time of slavery|
|That the word didn’t impact so much||The word means much more than you think|
|That people didn’t really use this word anymore.||Ignorance isn’t bliss. Words can hurt people. We need to be careful with what we say. Think before you speak.|
|That it was terrible. That it couldn’t be stopped. I knew that the N word was bad||Now I think it’s even worse. But now I think we could stop it in time. Learning about it helped me to understand better|
|The N word is horrible with a horrible meaning||I still do not like people who say the N word in any form|
|That word is about slavery and stuff||The video explained to me a more detailed explanation about the use of the N word|
|It was another word for black which is offensive||It has origins in slavery, that people suffered and it was usually the last word they heard before a cruel death|
|That it was always very bad||I have been noticing a rise in the N word especially in rapp music and that worries me|
|I know how it feels to be bullied about my skin colour…and how hurtful that word is||
Any type of racism to anyone is a horrible thing. I want kids to understand this…and I just want everyone to get along
Ignorance means having little knowledge of something
Ignorance isn’t bliss
Black History Month
Black History Month provides us with an opportunity to create an awareness of the history of Black persons in North America, to recognize the contributions of persons of African ancestry in our society, and to celebrate the historical achievements of Black people.
Black History Month also provides us with an opportunity to educate. Black History is the history of slavery and slavery is a history of brutality. Slavery, segregation, lynching, hatred, and being treated as less than human are synonymous with the “N” word. This Black History Month presentation aims to increase awareness and understanding. Once people understand Black History, they can never again claim ignorance or use the “N” word without knowing what it really means. Everyone deserves to feel safe, equal and respected. #ingnoranceisn’tbliss
Presented by Humans of Don Ross Students and Students in Ms. Lewis’ Humanities classes
That the choices you make can really change someone else’s life.
You should be kind to everyone, no matter who they are.
No matter our differences, we are all humans, and we live on the same earth.
We need to stop hurting each other.
Everyone has a story, wishes and dreams.
Everyone has ups and downs and everyone hurts sometimes.
Below are 4 student stories, captured in an interview by Humans of Don Ross blogger, Evan Flett, to inspire and make you ponder. And, a video of an Inquiry Conservation inspired by Black History Month
Snow-y Day at DRM
95 students and all of our teachers and staff arrived safely for our first Snow-y Day. Some came on foot, some by school bus, some by car-pooling, and some came by local transit!
Students said: “Best snow school day ever!”; “It was great!”, “That was so, so much fun!”
Teachers said: “First “Snow-y Day” I’ve ever had!”; “My students are bragging about how much fun they had!”
Here is a glimpse at some of the learning that took place…