Drawing the Academic Year to a Close
A time to recognize our students’ achievements and celebrate their accomplishments.
July 5, 2012 - Mexico
The last few days have brought the school year to a successful close. It has been a time to recognize our students’ achievements and celebrate their accomplishments.
Our pre-school, elementary, and middle school staff held an assembly to honor our students with outstanding academic achievements. The top three students from each classroom were given awards of excellence, starting from our pre-school classrooms through our 9th grade classrooms. Our children enjoyed being recognized and it was a great opportunity to show them how proud we are of their achievements. Our English department also gave our children awards for high achievement in English classes. For those students who placed second or third, our teachers encouraged them to keep trying for first next year.
Some of the stained glass pieces our special education students made.
Following that presentation, our special education department held a presentation of the students’ achievements over the past year. Our special education teachers showed the results from testing in the beginning and at the end of the school year. The improvements that the students had made was clear for all. One of our volunteers spoke about the Life Project program, which helps students recognize their strengths, weaknesses, and personality traits and develop short-term and long-term goals in regards to their futures. This program helps prepare our young adults to interview for jobs, fill our job applications, and be successful, responsible adults. One of our students, who particularly enjoys music, stated his long-term goals were to find a job and buy a stereo which he would do through being responsible and saving.
The students showed the skills they had learned in cooking and craft-making, two areas which they can draw upon in the future in order to earn a living if necessary. We have several students who participate in stained-glass as part of art therapy, and their work is truly stunning. They make beautiful stained-glass creations on trays, flower vases, crosses, and mirrors. Our students presented each area of their education and were responsible for the sale of food items and crafts. This helped them practice attending customers, receiving money, and making change.
Our high school students finished the year by presenting academic achievements, final projects, and our students finishing their first year coordinated dances. Final projects included calligraphy and pixilated drawings, a solar powered toy car, and examples of the different facets of tourism. Our high school students really put their all into the coordinated dances. Each specialty (accounting, computer programming, tourism, and childcare) worked together to coordinate their dance. It was a great exercise in teamwork, coordination, dance, and acrobatics. From color-coordinated outfits, to creative props, pom poms, and face paint, our kids gave it their all. Childcare and computer programming tied for third place, accounting took second place, and the tourism group was awarded first place. After the presentation of the dances, our computer programming students provided a demonstration of the different types of computer networks. They held the audience’s attention by dressing up as computer monitors and servers, and a mime presenting the different types of networks. What would a presentation of networks be without having the network be down? Everyone laughed when all of the computers fell down and the mime brought out a sign reading that the network was down.
Overall, our academic year came to a great close with a display of creativity, intelligence, and enthusiasm for education. We are proud of our teachers, school staff, and students for all their accomplishments this academic year!