By Alethia Stone
Parents who have children in the lower and middle school probably noticed the difference between the two back to school nights. It was hard not to notice. Back-to-School Night for the primary school was everything you might expect—warm and nurturing. Fast forward a couple of days and there’s a completely different tone. If there was one word to sum up the evening, it would probably be “passion.”
A lead in from the Camp Speers information meeting already had the energy level running high, but then the orientation to middle school began and with it came the realization that this was not elementary school. It wasn’t even your traditional middle school. This was something special. Each teacher presented their class overview with energy and enthusiasm. It was clear that these were teachers who loved their jobs. Even the need to align to the common core standards doesn’t diminish their commitment to building commUnity.
In the end the evening was about the Unity difference—building commUnity. The middle school curriculum invites students on a voyage of discovery. A journey where they explore who they are, what they believe and what their legacy will be. These are themes that are interwoven throughout the middle school experience from encouraging students to learn about themselves and their peers at Camp Speers to the end of year Sustainability Showcase where they have the opportunity to explore issues that affect them on a larger scale.
Back-to-School Night reinforced something many of us suspected when we chose Unity Charter School for our children’s academic home. Our children are in the care of individuals committed to helping us raise children who can think; children who can learn; and children who care. Their passion is real and so is their commitment to our children.
Middle school represents the beginning of the transition from childhood to adulthood. Seeing the curricula and meeting those who will be guiding the journey showed that for parents of middle schoolers Back-to-School Night was the time to share a plan to not just get them there, but to get them there with confidence, caring and awareness.