SMS Room 402

Mrs. Manes

This week in room 402! (Dec. 7th - 11th)

-Model UN and History Day students should plan to meet tomorrow after school until 4:00! Model UN students who are ready to submit the final drafts of their position papers may be excused from this meeting.


-Chess Club will resume meeting this Thursday, Dec. 10th until 4 p.m. in room 402!


-Model UN students are invited to attend a library day with Mrs. Manes on Tuesday, Dec. 15th from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. This will give Geometry students a chance to take their finals in class that morning during 2nd hour. We will visit the KU libraries and Lawrence Public Library for an almost-all-day research trip so that we can knock out a good chunk of our Model UN work! Parents, please sign the permission slips I'm sending home with students today and return to me by Friday. I will transport students in my own vehicle, and they will need money for lunch downtown.


-History Day students are also invited to attend a library day with Mrs. Manes on Thursday, Dec. 17th from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. We will visit the KU libraries and Lawrence Public Library for an all-day research trip so that we can knock out a good chunk of our History Day project research! Parents, please sign the permission slips I'm sending home with students today and return to me by Friday. I will transport students in my own vehicle, and they will need money for lunch downtown.


-The KU Women in STEM Day was a great success! Thanks for supporting your daughter's attendance, and a big thank you to KU's chapter of Society of Women Engineers for putting on such a wonderful FREE day of educational, STEM-related activities and learning!


-Please encourage your daughter to attend the screening of the movie Code Girl tonight from 5:30 to 8:30 at the Lawrence College and Career Center (2910 Haskell Ave.). The event is free, and there will be pizza, popcorn, stimulating discussion, and lots of inspiration!


-This week marks the week of Hour of Code! I have arranged for KU computer science students to help me put on a coding open house in the South library from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11th. Encourage your child to drop in during any free time to engage with a beginning coding activity or to get the expert assistance of a computer science student!

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Community Activism Projects

A big thank you goes out to Erika Dvorske, President and CEO of Douglas County United Way, for taking time out of her busy schedule to talk with students in room 402 about activism and service. She got our ideas flowing as students gathered by grade level to think of issues in their school, neighborhood, and community that they care about. Students shared their ideas in a whole-group setting, and we heard about problems like lack of internet access and tech devices for students at South, distracted driving, litter, lack of financial planning assistance for those who live in poverty, homelessness, and overuse of polluting plastics.


This week we're focusing on the Creative Problem Solving process (CPS) and how to deliberately make our way through the process rather than simply jumping from problem to solution. My hope is that before we leave for Winter Break, each grade level has decided on a problem of focus so that we can dive into generating ideas, evaluating ideas, and drafting plans of action when we return for Spring semester.


This is true of adults also, and I certainly expected it, but some students possess greater empathy than others. I look forward to seeing how each child grows throughout these projects. It is my hope that their work brings us all new perspective and powerful experiences that inform how we feel about others and what our responsibilities are within our community. I appreciate your support as parents of very capable children who can accomplish great things for our society!

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