December 2021

The Eagle Scholars Program

A Flicker of Light

Something I've always loved about working in education is the school schedule. The start of the year always brings about a sense of hope, followed by the seemingly endless October-November stretch. Just when it feels like I'm at my wit's end, Thanksgiving hits and I exhale. Then it's a sprint to the Holidays, highlighted by an excess of carb-rich foods, family time, meaningless sporting events, and a pervasive feeling of joy and gratitude.


At the same time, there is an underlying melancholy in the holiday season. I've dealt with some serious personal challenges during the holidays. The cold air and somber church hymns conjure painful memories that remain mostly dormant for the rest of the year.


But having a chance to sleep in, watch my kids unwrap presents, gorge on sausage biscuits and cinnamon rolls, always manages to assuage my sadness.


For many of our students, there is no escape from the sadness. Some lost grandparents during the holidays. Some lost parents. Some spent time in a mental health facility. Some aren't eating big, decadent Christmas dinners, nor are they opening expensive presents. Some aren't eating at all. Some aren't opening any presents. For many, the holidays can be two weeks of pure hell, compounded by the fact that so many people around them seem so joyful.


While their peers are celebrating the break from school, they're dreading it. They miss the social outlet, the caring adults, the consistent schedule, the guaranteed meal.


A student came in yesterday and I asked him my stock question for the day:

"Favorite Thanksgiving side dish?"

His response: "Nothing."

After some joking and prodding: "Come on man, you didn't eat anything at Thanksgiving?"

He mumbled: "My grandfather died."


This time of year will always bring about a tinge of pain for this student, such that an Algebra quiz or World History project isn't going to mean a whole lot.


December 21st marks the Winter solstice, the darkest day of the year. For many of us, Christmas movies will light our big screens and Amazon packages will fill our porches; we probably won't even notice the darkness. For others, the darkness inside will be almost unbearable.


We often forget that one statement, one question, one smile or nod, can provide that flicker of light a child needs to move through the darkness.


I hope that you give and receive light this Holiday season.


Rory


For students in need of immediate support, please direct them to the counseling offices at Pierce and Thurston.

Pierce: (313) 535-4000 ex. 1675

Thurston: 313-535-4000 ext 1175

U of M Virtual Visit

Tuesday, Dec. 7th, 1:45-2:45pm

Mr. Marchio's Room (Juniors); Ms. Escurel's Room (Seniors)

Join us for a presentation and student panel from U of M's Center for Educational Outreach.



The Center for Educational Outreach at the University of Michigan is thrilled to partner with you for a virtual campus visit to host the South Redford Eagle Scholars. Below, you will find your agenda for the day.


1:46 p.m. Center for Educational Outreach Welcome



1:50 - 2:15 p.m. Tell Your Story Essay Writing w/ Purpose



2:15 - 2:35 p.m. Current Student Panel and Q & A



2:35 - 2:40 p.m. Closing

High School

Seniors

For one-on-one support with the essay or your college search in general, sign up for a lunch meeting here. Directions to my office: https://youtu.be/m6Xr-VTvB-4


A virtual visit with U of M Ann Arbor is on Tuesday, December 7th, during Seminar. Please see Flex Time Manager for instructions,


FAFSA + CSS PROFILE - These two forms are critical to your financial aid process. All schools require the FAFSA; the CSS PROFILE is only required by these schools. It is in your best financial interests to complete FAFSA ASAP!

Letters of recommendation and transcripts must be requested through Naviance.


Juniors

For one-on-one support, sign up for a lunch meeting here. Details forthcoming about mandatory seminar meetings! Directions to my office: https://youtu.be/m6Xr-VTvB-4


A virtual visit with U of M Ann Arbor is on Tuesday, December 7th, during Seminar. Please see Flex Time Manager for instructions,


Sophomores

For one-on-one support, sign up for a lunch meeting here. Check Flex Time manager for invites to Seminar meetings. Directions to my office: https://youtu.be/m6Xr-VTvB-4


Freshmen

For one-on-one support, sign up for a lunch meeting here. Check Flex Time manager for invites to Seminar meetings. Directions to my office: https://youtu.be/m6Xr-VTvB-4

Middle School

Eagle Scholars Study Sessions are back!


Sessions are tentatively scheduled for about the following Mondays in December: 12/6/21, 12/13/21, 12/20/21


Information:

What: Eagle Study Sessions, and opportunity to work on assignments with other scholars, ask for assistance while working.


Time: 3:10-4:10, no bus transportation, parent/guardian must commit to picking up at 4:10 or giving permission to walk home.


Location: 5C, Mrs. Wilson's Room


Sign Up Required Prior to Each Session: Look for an email from Mrs. Wilson the Friday prior to each study session. Students must be signed up via the Google form in order to attend. Study sessions are limited to the first 25 students, and the Google form will be available when emailed each Friday prior to a session until 4 pm on Sunday.


*Note* This models the homework clinic available on Mondays and Thursdays. If this session fills or you prefer to have your child attend 2 days a week, you are welcome to sign up for that instead.

FAQ

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Donate

100% of proceeds go toward Eagle Scholars college education. Awards will be presented at Honors Night. This year we have set an ambitious goal to raise $34,000 so that each graduate receives at least $1,000. (1000 people x $34 donation per person)

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