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Civic Engagement: Middle Schoolers Prioritize Service

On Friday, December 14, the entire Middle School participated in various types of service, both on campus and within the greater Oakland area, as part of the second scheduled Middle School Community Engagement (CE) Day. Community Engagement Day is a carefully-curated service learning schedule woven into the curriculum designed to engage students more meaningfully with the local community –– a direct initiative of the Civic Engagement goal of the School’s Strategic Plan. There are four scheduled CE Days in the Middle School this school year: October 5, December 14, February 8, and May 17.

On this second Middle School CE Day of the 2018–2019 school year, 6th graders focused on sustainable agriculture and ethical food education with hands-on learning at Sunol AgPark, the Alameda County Food Bank, our very own HRS Garden, and the Jayhawk Cafe with our beloved Epicurean staff. 7th graders experienced a sampling of civic and environmental service with trips to support the staff at the Oakland Zoo, Oakland senior living community at Piedmont Gardens, Friendly Manor women’s shelter program at St. Mary’s Center, and Crab Cove Aquarium; while 8th graders focused their service on equity and inclusion within the realm of education with “buddy” visits to the four local elementary schools with which they are partnered––Paden Elementary, EnCompass Academy, Vincent Academy, and Sequoia Elementary. With four distinct trip options in the 6th and 7th grades, each advisory will perform their service within a rotating schedule across the four scheduled days, so that by the end of the school year, every 6th and 7th grade student will have an opportunity to serve in all four capacities scheduled for their grade.

Please enjoy the photo slideshow below from one of the 8th grade visits!

Ms. Gee and Mr. Curtin’s advisory visited their buddies at EnCompass Academy last Friday on their second Community Engagement Day trip of the year. Their partner teacher at EnCompass, Ms. Cruger, prepared a STEM activity where they built electronic circuits and incorporated them into cards that showed off what they thought friendship looked like.


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