ECP staff, students, and community honored our Black/African American Community during Black History Month in a variety of ways.
We kicked the month off by celebrating Black/African American Literature, we taught all of our students the impact that Black/African American Literature has had on our society by having our Black/African American staff members sharing different authors books and poems via video. We involved our students by teaching them impactful moments in history and having them put on a dynamic student led production. We closed out the month on 2.28.15 by engaging families in an event that was designed to celebrrate life. We called the event, Day of Love, and honored the Black/African American young lives that have been taken. Our students shared a praise dance, video that they produced and we honored those lives through libations. Food was provided, music was danced to and families were able to embrace one another in a loving and powerful way. The staff at ECP enjoys celebrating different cultures and we look forward to celebrating many more throughout the year.
ECP’s own Ms. Generaux, who has taught 8th grade Science for the last six years, has been selected to write science curriculum that will be used throughout Oakland Unified in coming years. Ms. G (as she is known to her students) was chosen because of her past record of excellent instruction and students’ high marks on the Science portion of the California Standards Test (CST). “It’s interesting,” said Ms. G, “and it’s so important to get these (new) lessons into the hands of teachers. That’s where the best feedback is going to come from. ”
Ms. G will be part of a multi-person team lead by staff from WestEd and other members of the Central office science team. Ms. G continues to represent the ECP Family well, both inside and outside the school.
The walls of World Ground Cafe will feature work by Elmhurst Community Prep’s artists for the next three months. Student created black-and-white cartoons and vision silhouettes adorn the walls, as art teacher Doug Calderon works to ensure that budding artists have an opportunities showcase their work across the city. “This is what artists do–they show their work,” says Calderon. “Our kids are doing great stuff.”