Despite the school year winding down to a close, groups of students are meeting with the Claremont School-Community Engagement Team to talk about how they experience their education at Stevens High School and what they think should continue, and what should change.
This feedback is being gathered so the Claremont School-Community Engagement Team can work to create positive change for the students in the Claremont School District. The team is working to find ways to better prepare high school students for life after school, whether they want to join the workforce, go to college, or join the military.
Positive change starts with a stronger relationship with the community, and the collaboration with the students and their teachers has been a great starting point.
Stay tuned for more updates on the work this team is doing and how you can get involved. Email email@example.com for more information and how to help out. Great things are happening in Claremont!
On Thursday, May 4th, 57 high school students met and shared their thoughts with the Nellie Mae Grant Team about what their experiences are like both at Stevens High School and in the Claremont community. Many thoughtful and valuable responses were heard by the grant team around what students would like to learn and suggestions about how to make their education better for them as they graduate and venture into adult life. They stated they appreciate having their voices heard, but they are unsure what happens when they do share their opinions in different venues. Feedback would be helpful for these young voices to know they're being heard. The Nellie Mae Grant Team went on to discuss future analysis of the student feedback, as well as how the work of teaming the community and the schools together to provide the best support to our students will look like over the next three years.
The Claremont School District invites all community members to check out the films in the ongoing spring film series showing in the Stevens High School auditorium through May and June. In collaboration with HOPE for NH Recovery, the Department of Education, and the Claremont Adult Learning Center, these films are designed to raise an awareness and increase understanding around some of the challenges our community faces today.
The first film, shown on April 18th, was Paper Tigers, a documentary about an alternative high school in Washington state who struggled with so many behavior problems it was difficult for students to learn and graduate. The principal heard about ACEs, or Adverse Child Experiences, and chose to teach his staff and then the students about ACEs and how they significantly impact a person’s life. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention states the following about ACEs: “Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity.”
There are three more films that are part of the film series this year. Inside Out, an animated film depicting a child’s emotions inside her head as she experiences life, will be shown on Tuesday, May 3rd. The Mask You Live In will be shown on May 16th, and is a documentary about the definition of masculinity that is placed on boys as they’re growing up in American society.
The Hungry Heart is going to be shown on June 6th with HOPE for NH Recovery and is about Vermont youth, their battle with drug addiction, and how one doctor chose to help.
All films are being presented in the Steven High School auditorium from 6:30-9 PM and are followed by a brief discussion. Please join us!