Photo Credit: Steele Curry Grade 12 Student
On behalf of the Carson Graham staff, I want to thank you all for a fantastic year! Although it certainly didn’t end the way any of us anticipated, the students should be commended for their engagement and enthusiasm. They represented Carson Graham proudly in all aspects of school life including academics, music, athletics, visual and performing arts and service. Well done!
I also want to give a special shout out to the graduating class of 2020. It is unfortunate that the pandemic altered their high school graduation plans. This does not, however, take away from how monumental this occasion is in their lives. The grads need to be commended for the perseverance, strength, and the determination that they all showed.
I wish our entire Carson Community a great summer break. Enjoy a restful July and August and we look forward to connecting again in September! Be sure to check your emails at the end of August to find out details about what our return to school will look like!
Psychology 12 Classes Investigate Mental Health Amid COVID 19
With a lot changing and left uncertain in our lives, Ms. Hornstein had her Psychology 12 classes set out to better understand mental health, mental illness and what it means to be a mental health advocate. In addition to the learning done to understand the mental illnesses that impact youth, students completed online class discussions on the topic of labels and the harm that can come from them, looked at art work to deepen their understanding of different mental illnesses, and tried out different mindfulness practices to strengthen their own mental health.
As the main goal of this unit was to give students an opportunity to learn about and become a mental health advocate, students were challenged with the following: create a product that helps decrease the stigma around mental illness and promotes others in the Carson Graham community to become advocates for mental health.
The following album is a selection of their submitted work. Many students took advantage of online learning to develop their skills in creating infographics using a web based platform. Others chose to create original artwork, create videos, and plan future school clubs! We hope you enjoy.
A BIG thank you to Jack.org and Foundry for their amazing online resources.
Youth Writing Contest
English teacher Ms. Kat Thomson immediately recognized the way in which this contest connected to what students had been studied post-Spring Break and shared the info with her class. Congratulations to our own Rylen Bordeau who took third place in this contest. He wrote a great piece focused on the First Peoples Principles of Learning. Well done!
Dear Carson Graham Community,
It's been a while since I last reached out via my blog and I think it's time I did! In the absence of my regular classroom visits, I asked teachers to reach out with some of the innovative things that are occurring in their virtual classrooms. We have so many great things happening that are helping our students to feel connected and supported while learning!
I hope that you and your loved ones are all safe!
Face the Foilage
Art Teacher, Ms. FitzGibbon did this Face the Foliage assignment with her Art 9 class where students were tasked to create a portrait out of blossoms and other natural items. The results were stunning (and far exceeded the humble example that the she had created to illustrate what she meant)!
Explore the Medium of Clay
Recently, Ms. FitzGibbon arranged a contactless pick-up and drop-off for clay for the Ceramics 10 course. After giving students some directions on how to find household clay materials and work from a home studio environments, students were asked to explore through the medium of clay how the past few months has affected them and express this in a form of their choice. Some were inspired to be representative in human form, such as the work from Tamika Pacris, Sakiah Ela, and Madison Meyer, while others chose to represent more figural states of being, such as the work from Aria Tajalli, who represented his feelings as that of a sleepy bear.