I Saw You Reading

September 13, 2015
by messerlyk


Click HERE for another video that shows what some of her letters—randomly placed throughout the city—-say.  What do you think about the power of the written word?  Who have you encouraged today?

“Don’t give up on people. Someday, they’ll surprise you.”
~Randy Pausch

July 2, 2015
by messerlyk
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Be Kind

John Green wrote in The Fault in Our Stars that “the marks humans leave are too often scars.”  I have been reminded of this quote in the last few days as people (mostly adults) have been hurling insults at others regarding recent Supreme Court decisions.   I just want to remind you guys to be kind to one another.  Your words are strong enough to hurt others.  Be careful with your words and know that we are all—every single one of us—in this together; we do not have to agree with one another in order to be kind.taste your words


May 29, 2015
by messerlyk
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Gandhi’s Got Some Good Advice

IMG_5505The Leadership Group used parts of this quote in their presentation encouraging young students to lead positive lives (and, consequently, avoid #alted school).  This is such important advice.  The students who make the most positive changes while at our school seem to be the ones who spend energy on just that:  positive changes.  Why waste energy on complaining when you can spend energy on what you love and what you dream for your future?  Students, focus your thoughts, words, and behaviors on the positive.  Make good things happen.

May 18, 2015
by messerlyk
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Guest Post from Level 3s and 4s

IMG_5411Our time here has been a great experience; it has helped us with our manners and grades. It was tough at first, but once we got used to it, it became easier. We’ve done so many things to help out like tutoring kids, working at the food bank, and talking to 5th graders about not bullying. This school has helped improve our behaviors a lot. It also has changed our minds about making the same mistake we made to get sent here. Despite the fact that we’ve had many opportunities to participate in service projects, we DO NOT encourage you to get sent here. We’ve learned important lessons and we won’t make the same mistakes again.

– John, Enrique, and Cameron