Facing Difference Challenge

Some of our middle school students have been “Global Nomads” recently as they participated in the Facing Difference Challenge. This program is run by the organization Students Rebuild to help educators worldwide empower young people to reflect and take action toward building understanding, empathy, and peace.  Students engaged in a variety of team-building activities, and made virtual reality visits to “meet” teens in other parts of the world. Global Nomads provides the technology to connect and guide young people to engage in meaningful dialogue.

As part of the challenge students created self-portraits that will be submitted to Students Rebuild to support programs run by CARE and Search for Common Ground, in Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Georgia (Eastern Europe.) 

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Millburn was featured in the Facing Difference January Newsletter, and we have been invited to participate in their Campfire program, giving youth worldwide a virtual space to connect, bypassing the borders that prevent them from meeting in person. More to come on that.

Learn more by watching this inspiring Students Rebuild Facing Difference Challenge Video

Get involved  - Take the Challenge

 Join the Friend Campaign: students ages 13-18 can share friendship stories for a chance to receive a gift card to have a fun day with your friend. 

I want to thank Curriculum Supervisor (5-8), Holly Foley, for bringing this program to our schools and to the 7th grade teachers who collaborated to give their students the opportunity to be among the first to embrace the challenge.  Here are just a couple of insights from students about the day: “I learned that you cannot judge a group by your pre-existing knowledge of them, you must be apart of their culture to get the feel for it.” … “I learned that people and places have their differences, but we also have a lot of similarities.”  

Board of Education Meeting Monday

  • Monday’s BOE meeting will include a presentation about Regulation 7230, "Gifts, Grants & Donations." We have reviewed the processes involved in this regulation, which come into play when our very generous PTO’s, Education Foundation, Booster Clubs and other organizations raise money for gifts they want to donate to our schools.
  •  I will be explaining the procedures that must be followed both by the donor, as well as internally, to ensure that, depending on the scope of the project, all steps are followed so the Board of Education can gratefully accept the gift.
  • Speaking of donations, we are looking forward to hearing from junior Alexander McBride on Monday night, to tell us about the project he has spearheaded to provide students in Africa with recycled computers.

Robotics Tournament

Interested in Robotics?  Stop by the high school on Sunday as MHS hosts the final VEX regular-season tournament from 10:30 to 4:00.  Both of our VEX Robotics teams, as well as our FTC team, have qualified for their respective State Championships taking place the weekend of February 24.

Flu

As we've been hearing so much about this year's flu outbreak, here are some everyday preventive actions from the Centers for Disease Control to stop the spread of germs.

Local Groundhogs may have predicted an early spring today, but one of our Winter highlights is coming up next week.  Don't miss it!

See you there!