by Nicole Rodriguez, Director of Volunteer Resources
It’s hard to believe that we have already been in school over 145 days. We are excited to share with you how our year has been going so far.
In September, we opened our new building and Volunteer Resource Center with a celebration planned by members of West Middle School’s leadership, Governance Council, PTO and the community hosted by The Hartford. There were over 100 community members in attendance, including Mayor Luke Bronin and Associate Superintendent Kate Carbone.
West Middle Community School currently has over 25 volunteers at work at the Volunteer Resource Center, but we are always looking for classroom support, helping hands for student activities, and more.
On our pathway to excellence, West Middle Enrichment, sponsored by lead agency Boys & Girls Clubs, began the after school program on September 8, 2016. The day proved to be a huge success with over 70 students enrolled in the program. Students and staff were able to get acquainted, while homework and tutorial assistance was provided along with fun-filled engaging programs and activities, and giveaways to all participating students.
During the winter, we had a Thanksgiving feast organized in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club, ConnectiKids and West Middle, and hosted by Asylum Hill Congregational Church. Over 250 students, families and staff were in attendance. We hosted our first movie night in our new gymnasium featuring the movie Polar Express. Over 60 students, parents, and staff all wore pajamas and came together to watch the movie and enjoy popcorn, cookies, and hot chocolate.
This spring we celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss, with a special visit to our K-2 classrooms from the Cat in the Hat and readers from the United Way Read Across America. We began our Box Tops drive with a monthly contest between homerooms for a pizza party prize to the class that turns in the most box tops. Students have been to many exciting places including Bushnell Theater, TheatreWorks, Real Art Ways, and the Wadsworth Athenaeum.
Students in grades seven and eight attended The Success Leadership Program, a collaborative effort of the Hulbert Outdoor Center and InspiringKids, that helps students learn leadership skills, practice them by teaching their peers about what they learned, and leading their school in projects that benefit the local community.
Enrichment programs featured a variety of school day/afterschool program initiatives and family events, such as science & engineering, health & nutrition, the performing arts (cartooning/hip-hop/lyricism and writing/theater/fabric & collage and drumming), field trips to the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Connecticut Science Center, UCONN Medical Health Campus in Farmington, as well as college tours for middle grade students.
West Middle Community School Volunteer Resource Center continues to seek volunteers. We are looking for classroom support, assistance with student activities, and many more opportunities. To find out more about volunteering, contact the school to reach our leaders, including Principal Lynn Estey, Dean of Students Brenda Stovall, School Governance Council Chairperson Doug Glanville and Community School Coordinator Joe Bumpers, Rev. Mia Douglas or click here.