MC Principal Letter

Good afternoon Middle Campus Family,

Last week we celebrated Kindness Week with various activities during Advisory. Students were encouraged to be kind to each other, and acts of kindness were recorded on heart-shaped post-its and placed on our Kindness Tree in the hallway. Over the course of the week Advisories also collected food from home to donate to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The week culminated in advisories tabulating the amount of food they collected, and Ms. Afzal and Ms. Grime’s advisory collected over 300 items to donate.

Yesterday we ended Black History Month with our annual Black History Month Celebration and Teach-In. Carli Hardon (Interim Assistant Principal Mrs. Hardon’s daughter, and a former Adjunct staff member) helped us start the Celebration by singing Lift Every Voice and Sing, the Black National Anthem. During Morning Meeting students learned about the HBCU band experience while watching Mrs. Hinton’s interview of a former member of the Florida A&M Marching 100. The HBCU door decoration contest winners were also announced during Morning Meeting, and Chef Bradley gave a presentation breaking down the day’s lunch menu which included Gullah Geechee food prepared by way of Matthew Raiford’s cookbook Bress ‘N’ Nyam.

During the Teach-In students rotated between four different sessions over the course of the day. To give you a taste of some of what students learned, 6th graders learned about the Obama portraits in one session and learned about prominent Afro-Latinos in another. Seventh graders participated in a Step and Dance session, wrote interviews of past leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, and served as the audience of a panel discussion about the 10th Anniversary of The Brotherhood, an affinity group I started 10 years ago for Black and Hispanic young men at our school. Finally, 8th graders learned about the Evolution of Hip Hop and ended their day seeing a presentation and panel discussion about the Divine Nine, a group of historically African-American fraternities and sororities.

Next, now that it’s March, we move into Women’s History Month and I look forward to all of the great work that our teachers will be doing to celebrate and recognize women that have impacted our world.

If you have any questions feel free to reach out and enjoy the rest of your week!

Kind regards,

Mark