Principal's Weekly Message

Principal Griffin's Weekly Message

SMS Parents,

On Monday, April 8th from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM, we will have our Mustangs MAD (Make A Difference) Night.  Our students, with help from our staff, have worked very hard to produce a Compassion Project.  These include Buildings of Hope, Food of Hope, Education Provides Hope, Voices of Hope, and Clothing of Hope.  You will have the opportunity to see these projects plus student performances.  We will have pizza and drinks available beginning at 6:15 PM.  One of the authors of I Will Always Write Back, Caitlin Alifirenka, will be here to answer questions.  She will speak to all of our students during the school day on Monday.  See the attachment for more information. MAD NIGHT 2019 (7).pdf  Please visit with us for a great night of information and adventure with our students.

Below is information related to Monday evening that was shared previously in a Saturday morning email and is all about MAD Night.

Stories of Hope: Together we can make a difference.

A boy was walking along the beach and he noticed hundreds of starfish that had washed up on the beach.  The boy picked up one starfish at a time and threw each back in the ocean.  

A man came along and said to the boy, “What are you doing? You’ll never make a difference for all these starfish.”  

The boy picked up another one and replied, “Made a difference for that one.”

This is a story that Celeste Bundy from Education = Hope shared with our students as we kicked off our school-wide STEAM/Literacy integration experience.

Just to give you a recap, all students read the book, I Will Always Write Back during the first quarter of the school year.  This narrative non-fiction novel tells the real life story of two students, Pennyslvania-based Caitlin Alifirenka and Zimbabwean-born Martin Ganda, who began a friendship as pen pals while in middle school.  Throughout the novel, both lives dramatically change through small acts of kindness and generosity.  As a culminating experience, students are embarking on a journey to explore what it means to be global citizens.  Small acts of kindness and generosity can provide hope for students in hopeless situations.  

Education = Hope is a nonprofit organization based in Fort Mill, SC that provides education to students across the globe that otherwise would not have the opportunity.   Springfield Middle School is a partner with a school in Cavaillon, Haiti.  Our sister school experienced tremendous devastation from an earthquake and Hurricane Matthew. Their kindergarten classroom was destroyed.  It is our hope that our school can raise money, with the help of a matching donor, and we can help this school rebuild their classroom.  There have been various fundraising opportunities throughout the year, both big and small, to help our sister school in Haiti. 

In addition, students will be participating in choice projects that align with the district’s STEAM initiative. One of the projects will be to design a prototype of a building using materials available in Haiti to construct an earthquake proof building.  Other choice projects include sharing stories of resilience and hope from across the globe. Students will be using the 5 C’s of STEAM: communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and compassion to complete their chosen activity. 

Please mark your calendar for our second annual Mustangs Make A Difference Night on April 8th.   There will be a student showcase of spoken word and musical performances, children’s book readings, engineering challenges, and culinary experiences. Your child will have something exciting to share!  We can’t wait to see how together, we can make a difference. 

Thanks for reading and enjoy our warm weekend!

Keith Griffin, Principal

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