Good Day Middle School Parents,
I have recently started reading the book UnSelfie, Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World, by Michele Borba, Ed.D. I’m finding it to be an interesting and thought provoking read. In a section entitled The Rise of the Selfie Syndrome and the Fall of Empathy, they speak about the dip in empathy among today’s youth. They see selfies as representing a me-centered culture and contributing to the self-admiration craze. They say that teens are at 40% lower empathy levels than three decades ago, with a marked increase in narcissism levels. While I am not sure what survey was conducted to determine these figures, I thought you might enjoy the read and take the opportunity to discuss it with family and friends.
“The world is never saved by grand gestures, but by the accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion every day.” Chris Abani
Saturday, April 22, Bengal Dash: Please sign up to run at greensboroday.org/bengaldash.
For the Gardener in You
Are you looking for a summer project with the kids? A service endeavor? A way to grow your own food?
Annual beds are available this spring and summer for use by the GDS community. Please contact Mrs. Marshall or GDS parent, Dana Davis, if you would be interested in your own growing space in the Andreve Teaching Garden on the south side of the Bell Family Middle School. The garden is stocked with tools, availability to water, good soil, full sun and endless learning opportunities. Please contact Clarissa Marshall for more information.
Did you know?
After two weeks of trial and error, our 5th grade engineers have completed their Mousetrap Race Cars. I love watching as they go through the many iterations. Their attitude remained positive as they tried, assessed, retried, and reassessed. I’m anxious to see how this translates into other forms of assessments. How can we keep the positive attitudes as they assess and reassess? Please ask your 5th graders about their car and the process.
Barry L. Davis
Middle School Director