In the wake of Pink Shirt Day, I would like to take an opportunity to celebrate some of the amazing work being led by our HMS staff and community members to promote student connectedness in support of student well-being.
During class visits this last week I saw students engaged in lessons that not only empowered students to identify and prevent bullying, but also intentional activities designed to promote kindness, positive self-esteem and mental health awareness. Club Day on Tuesday highlighted cross-grade, whole school relationship-building and provided opportunities for many students to step into mentorship roles with students in younger grades. I saw numerous volunteers in the building this week supporting students in classrooms, pulling together a successful Fun Lunch, and even providing TLC to our indoor garden. Our Library Assistant, Mrs. Beauchamp has been processing and curating some wonderful new books handpicked by our Assistant principal, Mrs. Prangnell that highlight diversity and inclusiveness. Our Educational Assistants were not only supporting our students in developing academic skills, but also supporting students through self and co-regulation.
This is just a sample of the great work that happens every day here at HMS (I could go on for hours on this subject) and while I see examples like this regularly (not just on Pink Shirt Day) these acts are often uncelebrated and happen without public thanks or recognition. So, THANK YOU to everyone who contributes to the positive school culture that is a constant priority to all in this amazing HMS community!