I hope that you will agree that this following alternative plan makes the best of this situation: AS LONG AS THERE ARE NO ADDITIONAL SCHOOL CANCELLATIONS, Friday, June 17th will be the final regular school day for all students. It will be a full day of school.
In exchange for the half-day on Monday June 20th, and consistent with our Long Term Goal #3: “[To] develop, in each student, the skills for engaged citizenship (locally and globally), the appreciation of one’s own and other’s cultures, and the disposition to use individual talents to make positive changes in the world.”, we will declare June 20th as the Scarborough Schools Day of Community Service, Civic-Learning, and Service Learning (K-12).
We will ask parents to partner with us to ensure that their students spend at least the equivalent of a half-day in service, or in learning, in our community. Each of the schools will be circulating ideas for engagement and involvement that would be suitable for the various age levels across the schools.
We will also, however, encourage students and parents to help us strengthen student-directed community service, civic learning, and/or service learning by encouraging students of all ages to have a voice in what aspect of community service, or service/civic learning they would like to explore.
And yes, there will be accountability because each school will spend some time during the first week of school processing the learning with students. Since the summer is a good long break, we would also encourage students and parents to jot down a journal entry for the day.
Who knows where this exploration of service and learning may take our students?
George Entwistle, Superintendent