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MOMS IN THE NEWS
posted: Tue, Nov 5th, 2019


Mixing it up

MOMS students recently mixed it up with each other and Mount Olive High School students. In the MOMS/MOHS Cares Field Trip, 95 MOMS students in all three grades went to the high school for a day of self-reflection, sharing, and connection-building.

Two dozen MOHS students served as character education mentors and led the MOMS students through a series of activities. The activities were designed to help the MOMS students expand their network of friends by both celebrating each other’s differences and by finding common ground with people they may not have known previously. 

In one activity, both the middle schoolers and high school students surrounded the perimeter of the auxillary gym. A series of questions were read, and with each question the students were asked to take a step forward if they could answer “yes.” Questions included “Have you or someone you know ever been teased,” “Do you live with Grandparents,” and “Does someone in your family feel proud of you?”

“The kids were able to understand that they were all connected by seeing commonalities among them,” said MOMS student assistance counselor Megan Troup. “It showed them that you’re never really alone. Someone has experienced or is experiencing the same thing you are. The whole day was about asking them to branch out and break down unspoken barriers.”

In another activity, groups of MOMS students were assigned high school mentors and sat at tables in the high school commons. They were each given a puzzle piece and asked to personalize it with crayons and colored pencils. The puzzles were assembled at each table to show that while students may be different, they form a complex whole with various interests. The puzzles from each table will be laminated and attached to each other to form one giant puzzle – a unique tapestry of people and identities. 

“The students had a great time,” said Nicole McConnell, MOMS school counselor. “They’re still talking about it a week later. They feel more connected to each other and to the high school.”

The experience was particularly important, said Ms. McConnell, to the sixth-graders. Coming from four different elementary schools where they spent their entire educational careers, the sixth-graders are adjusting to new faces at their own grade level and also students in higher grades. Add in the adjustment of a more challenging curriculum and the added personal responsibility that comes at the middle school level, some sixth-graders may be struggling to adapt in these early months at MOMS. 

“The six-graders now know kids from all four elementary schools and at the high school,” Ms. McConnell said. “They felt proud that they made connections and shared their thoughts and feelings. For students of all grades [at MOMS], it was helpful to see that these high school kids had gone through some of the same life experiences and challenges that they’ve experienced.”

Ms. Troup and Ms. McConnell planned the field trip with Jackie Skutka, MOHS student assistance counselor, and Christine Nelson, MOHS student activities coordinator.

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