Wednesday, March 14, was designated nationwide as a day of student engagement, and Sunridge Middle School students and staff made sure the day was one of positive engagement. After speaking with more than 100 student leaders last week, the administration shared an idea with students -- during 3rd period today, teachers will review the school's safety protocols and then get creative by having each class develop "17 things to make a positive difference at Sunridge Middle School."
Mrs. Sickel's 3rd period Art Class made signs and displayed them outside the school with positive messages such as "Just Be True to Who You Are", "Make Every Day a Good Day", "Always Have Hope" and "Positive Thinking, Positive Outcome." Principal Dave Williams said seeing those signs was a great start to the day.
During 3rd period, after a short Power Point presentation reviewing the school's safety procedures, classes posted positive notes on 17 different student lockers, pledged to meet 17 different people in the next 17 days and discussed 17 ways to make positive changes around the school. Eighth grade social studies classes wrote letters to the editor of the East Oregonian on various topics of school security, student safety and their school. The EO said they will publish the letters that are 100 words or less.
"Our students felt it was important through the lens of school safety to connect with other kids, help other kids feel safe at school and work on inclusion -- all things that contribute to a safer school," said Principal Williams. "It was a really positive day here at Sunridge and I am really proud of our staff and our students who really rose to the occasion to talk about positive change at our school."