Principal's Weekly Message

Principal Griffin's Weekly Message

SMS Parents,

Reminder       11:35 AM Dismissal on Friday, January 18th (last day of first semester)

No School on Monday, January 21st

Our school is beginning an exciting project with our students that involves our One Book, One School initiative, STEAM/ Literacy, acts of kindness, and global citizenship.  Please see the information below.           

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 it 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, threw it back in the water, and replied, “Made a difference for that one.”

This is a story that Celeste Bundy from Education = Hope shared with our students this past week as we kicked off our school-wide STEAM/Literacy integration experience. If you see your child wearing a starfish pin, please ask him or her what it means.

Just to give you a recap, all students read the book, I Will Always Write Back during first quarter. 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 partnering with a school in Cavaillon, Haiti.  Our sister school experienced tremendous devastation as a result of an earthquake and Hurricane Matthew. Their kindergarten classroom was completely 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 will be 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.  Caitlin Alifirenka one of the author’s of I Will Always Write Back, will be here to meet and greet students.  Additionally, 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 Happy New Year!

Keith Griffin, Principal

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