Sherwood Students View Film, Twin Towers Replica during Display
- September 13, 2011
It was very quiet in the common area of Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School last Friday, September 9. For the most part, students throughout the day silently viewed a film about 9/11, read messages from staff about where they were on that day and viewed the names of the victims posted on a reduced-size replica of the Twin Towers.
Sherwood Middle’s entire Social Studies Department organized the exhibit, which included gathering the names of those killed in 9/11 and creating a memory card for each person. Those cards were attached to one of two 8-foot-tall, three-dimensional replicas of the Twin Towers. An 8-minute video tribute played, as well. Social Studies students, such as sixth graders (pictured, left to right at far right) Jacintha Braima, Jayla Smith and Kalin Stevenson, discussed the event in class after viewing the film and display. The school’s Social Studies Department includes: Alan Berthelot, Brent Beatty, Heather Day, Lauren Dugas, Stacy Hines and Dana Morrison.
Messages from school staff and students posted on the display board indicated where they were on 9/11. One card read, “I was waiting for three days to find my best friend. Three of my friends worked in the towers. All survived, but one was trapped for three days.” Dugas, a Social Studies teacher, wrote, “I was in math class when my friend Heidi came into the classroom and said, ‘Did you hear about the plane that hit the World Trade Center?’ Never in a million years did I think that the United States would have been attacked by some militant terrorists. I thought we were ‘safe’ – almost invincible. I was wrong.”
According to Coach Jeff Rawlins’ card, he was at Sherwood Middle when the attacks occurred. “We had a football game scheduled that day, and I had to call in the entire football team to explain why the game was cancelled. … It was a very sad moment in every aspect. I will always remember that day.”
Principal Brister in Washington, D.C., to Accept McKinley Middle School’s Second Blue Ribbon Award
On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Principal Herman Brister (pictured, left) and the school’s Teacher of the Year, Lynn Williamson (right), were in Washington, D.C., accepting McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School’s National Blue Ribbon Award from U.S. Department of Education’s Director of National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Aba Kumi (center). The event, which recognized some 314 schools from across the United States, was held at the Omni Hotel. Click herefor story.
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