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Black History Month at JVF

February is Black History Month, and JVF is celebrating African American representation in the STEM fields!


February commemorates Black History Month (BHM) and we are excited and proud to celebrate with our 3rd Annual BHM school-wide studies! This year we are focusing on African American representation in the STEM fields! This year our Equity Team is providing staff with resources and book lists to support their research endeavors! Our team is also working creatively to support staff in making our 3rd Annual Gallery Walk a virtual experience for remote students and just as successful and engaging as it has been in years past. New this year is our partnership with our neighbors at Haldane Elementary School. Students will have an authentic audience in sharing their learning with other school-aged kids who are also engaging in a similar study throughout Black History Month. We look forward to our learning, sharing, and collaboration this month!


Virtual Gallery Walk


This year for Black History Month, JVF students will be learning about pioneers and leaders in the STEM field. Each class will create a project focused on one of these inspiring individuals and will share the final product with the entire school. In past years, students then participated in a gallery walk to view the completed projects. This year, the “walk” will also happen virtually so that the entire JVF community can share in the experience. Stay tuned for more details.

Family Read-A-Loud on February 17th at 6:45pm

Join Principal Sessoms-Wiggins, Mrs. Coleman, and the PTSO on Wednesday, February 17 for a virtual Read-A-Loud of Roda Ahmed’s Mae Among the Stars. Following the reading, stick around for Famous Figures Trivia! One participant will win a raffle prize donated by the PTSO! The event kicks off at 6:45PM via Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/wae-qdta-gnq


Resources for Families


Below are some links to other resources related to Black History Month and the Read-A-Loud book, Mae Among the Stars.


Discussing Racism with Kids

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/emotional-wellness/Building-Resilience/Pages/Talking-to-Children-About-Racial-Bias.aspx

https://centerracialjustice.org/resources/resources-for-talking-about-race-racism-and-racialized-violence-with-kids/

https://www.pbs.org/parents/talking-about-racism


Activities for Black History Month

https://www.weareteachers.com/7-fresh-ideas-for-black-history-month/

https://www.weareteachers.com/books-black-joy/


Discussing Sexism with Kids

https://www.girlscouts.org/en/raising-girls/happy-and-healthy/happy/kids-and-sexist-language.

htmlhttps://www.romper.com/p/how-to-explain-sexism-to-your-kids-age-by-age-guide-6935

More About Mae Jemison

https://kids.kiddle.co/Mae_Jemison

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_mfdqyBqT8

https://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/dr-mae-jemison-nasa-astronaut-i-wanted-to-go-into-space

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