JC Montgomery Newsletter

January/February 2021

Message from Mrs. Norris

Hello JCM families - We are combining our newsletters for January and February as we spent part of January on distance learning. The focus of this newsletter will be to provide updates regarding some of the exciting work students and staff have been doing. Please continue reading below to hear about our Stories with Style project, which I helped to develop through my dual role as a principal/consultant. As always, please consider also following our JC Montgomery Facebook page to receive more information regarding our site.

Stories with Style

Students at JCM have had the opportunity to become immersed in an English and media arts project that highlights the history of hip hop music as a starting point for students to tell their own stories. This project was designed by consultants Ed Campos, Elizabeth Norris, and Morgan Tigert from the Kings County Office of Education. Students have been learning to create beats, write rap lyrics or spoken word poems, and to design logos that tell their individual stories. The completed projects will contain original written work from students, visual art, and music. This project is named Stories with Style. The name came from artist Erik Gonzalez of Urbanists Collective, who worked with students on the logo designs. In the video below, Erik creates a piece specially designed for this project. Other consultants the students worked with rapper Optyx of Jay Matthews and Co. and Niccolo Go of the Go Creative Group. Students will be presenting their projects to their peers on 2/12. Students with signed release forms will have their projects published anonymously on a JCM YouTube channel. Some of these projects will also be shared on the JCM and KCOE social media pages as well as the Kings County Arts in Action newsletter.
Stories with Style Artwork JCM Project

Social Emotional Learning Courses Added

JCM recently added courses designed to help students with coping skills, relationships, and restorative practices. These courses are through Edgenuity, our online credit recovery program. Students who complete an SEL course will receive elective credits and a certificate of completion that can be taken to court with them. These courses are optional but encouraged.
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Youth Offender Employment Program

Workforce Connection Young Adult Services has resources to help youth ages 16-24 who were previously incarcerated to earn their GED or diploma, to enter job readiness workshops, to enroll in college, or to receive paid work experience. Click here for more information.