Tanana Middle School Newsletter
Week of September 14-September 18, 2020
Initial Phase-In by Invitation
In Family and Consumer Science News . . .
In Advisory News . . .
At Tanana, all students attend a daily Advisory period that focuses on Student Success Planning and social-emotional learning. This time is built into every student’s schedule to allow them to connect in small groups and build valuable relationships with trusted adults. Students have already set goals for themselves and discussed how to overcome obstacles. September is Suicide Prevention Month and Advisory teachers have been facilitating discussions around suicide prevention. This work will continue all month and next week will be virtual suicide prevention spirit week where our school will focus on spreading hope and positivity.
Next week’s Advisory topics include disagreements, conflict resolution, compromise, and communication. We will also begin reading and discussing the novel Ghost by Jason Reynolds. This novel has social-emotional themes and does cover some potentially sensitive topics for students. Ghost tells the story of Castle Crenshaw, a naturally gifted runner whose life is changed when he is recruited for his city's elite middle-school track team. Running isn't new to Castle, as he has been running his whole life - first from a father aiming a gun at him in a rage, and since from a series of problems, mistakes, and bad choices. Joining the team is a chance for Castle to use his talents in a new way, to build community with peers struggling with their own challenges, and to benefit from the mentorship and guidance of Coach Brody - a former Olympian now passionate about fostering opportunities for a new generation of athletes. Ultimately, track helps Castle focus and teaches him valuable lessons about friendship, confidence, honesty, and trust. This novel was selected for Advisory in order to address these sensitive social-emotional issues in a safe small group environment.