Menchaca Elementary

School Counselor February Newsletter

Menchaca Voices for Change Activism Project

Dear Menchaca Families,

As part of our No Place for Hate program at Menchaca, this month students K-5 are learning about what it means to be an activist (a person who takes action to make the world a better place). During counseling, library, music, and art classes, students will be exploring and learning about activism and studying examples of activists and changemakers past and present.

Students in 3rd-5th grade are being asked to complete a project that answers the question “What is a change you want to see in the world?”

Students can choose to make a poster, write a speech, compose a song, create a video, make a piece of art, complete a google slides presentation, or ANY other creative way to demonstrate their understanding of a topic they are passionate about.

Some examples of topics students might choose include Environmental Activism, LGBTQIA+ Rights, Equal Rights/Racism, Disability Rights, Bullying, or Animal Rights.

  • All 3rd-5th graders are encouraged to complete a project.

  • All grade level Gifted & Talented students are highly encouraged to complete a project.

Work time will be given during counseling and library time. There will be additional open work times available to students on 2/24 and 3/3 during their recess and PE times.

Poster and art supplies will be available in the Makerspace next to the Library for any interested student.

A physical or digital copy of projects are due to Ms. O’Connor or Ms. Dalzin by Monday, March 6th. Students will get an opportunity to present their projects to their classes that week.

Some projects might even be highlighted in a school-wide activism showcase! We will have a student-led assembly, “Mustang Voices for Change” on Wednesday, March 8th. This assembly is put together BY the students, FOR the students. Unfortunately, this assembly is not open to all families to attend in person. A recording of the assembly will be available for viewing.

Questions? Comments? Concerns?

Please email counselors, Ms. O’Connor or Ms. Dalzin

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