On Nov. 8, students at Kennedy High School were scheduled for a half-day. In lieu of traditional instruction, the school hosted a special day that allowed administrators, teachers and staff to offer a workshop on topics of their choice.
“We are extremely fortunate to have so many teachers and administrators who are so supportive of student initiatives like Academic Field Day,” wrote Student Government President Rachel Oppenehim in a thank-you message to teachers and administrators. “The success of the event was due mostly to the wide selection of workshops that you generously spent your time preparing for us. Additionally, as a student in the leadership program, I can confidently say that the activity was an extremely rewarding experience.
Students signed up for workshops based on their interests and the event was scheduled and organized by students in the School and Community Leadership course.
“Behind the scenes, students in our School and Community Leadership class were able to learn about the logistics of planning an event of this magnitude,” said Principal Gerard Owenburg.
“Academic Field Day opened up the door for me to enjoy and engage with our school in new ways, such as connecting to teachers that I don’t have,” said Tara Brown, a Leadership II student.
Leadership II student Maxwell Izen said the program was a “great way for students and teachers to come together through similar interests and learn in a different, interactive way.”
The experience was designed to allow students to connect with teachers, administrators, and staff — to perhaps find someone at Kennedy with whom they didn’t know they had something in common.
“That connection can be through a shared culture or family history, an interest in a particular movie or music genre, a mutual passion for food or fitness or travel, or an appreciation for an era of history or a certain period of art,” explained teacher/faculty organizer Brad Seidman.
“Aside from learning something new, I was so happy to see our students and staff building strong relationships in such a stress-free environment,” added Owenburg.
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Date Added: 11/14/2022