Middle School Explores Varied Topics for Student Professional Development Week
Middle School Principal Dr. Josh Janese and Assistant Principal Scott A. Mueller say that Student Development Week was a huge success. “Our 7th and 8thgrade students had the opportunity to engage in learning from nine different presenters, on a wide variety of topics,” explains Mr. Mueller.
The event ran September 18th-21st with a number of guest speakers from various community organizations that presented important information to students on different topics such as bullying, microaggressions, the dangers of vaping, SRO (Student Resource Officer) meet and greet, an administration welcome and health and fitness. Both Dr. Janese and Mr. Mueller want to extend a special thank you to: NTMS counselors and social workers who talked about Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), the NT Family Resource Center who discussed Dress for Success, CHANT (Community Health Alliance of North Tonawanda) on the dangers of vaping, UB ITTIC (The Institute of Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care) on managing emotions, UB Alberti Center on microaggressions, Lieutenant Herbert – NTMS SRO, NCCC’s Liberty Group for inclusive activities, NT Recreation Center for health and fitness and the Administrative team on basic building expectations.
“Throughout the presentations the students had an opportunity to ask a ton of questions and engage in meaningful conversations on how to be successful both in and out of school,” says Mr. Mueller. “Many of them said it was a nice break from their traditional school day, where they learned about valuable life skills that they will carry with them beyond the middle school years! We hope the students learned how to be kind to their peers, make smart and informed decisions in their life and not be afraid to speak up when they are struggling with their emotions.”