This year, great things will be transpiring at Russell Middle School.
Principal Sean Anglon and his team have been working hard to lay the groundwork and create an amazing experience for students and families.
Some things to look forward to:
Russell has a new Elective this year — an ethnic studies class called Facing History Middle School, where students will have an opportunity to discuss and learn about all different cultures.
“We’re also sticking with PIQE — Parent Institute for Quality Education. Russell started using this organization last year. It’s a good way of helping parents learn how to navigate the K to 12 educational system as well as advocate for their children. So we’re continuing that,” said Sean. “We’re also focusing a lot on student engagement, ensuring that students learn to clearly articulate their ideas and listen to their peers as well as adults. What will happen is teachers will learn new strategies — one is called the QFT, which is Question Formulaltion Technique, and it’s designed to help students create their own questions about the subject matter. That way, they have greater ownership in their learning. Another is called Structured Academic Controversy — which will be looking at helping students learn to deliberate and listen without judgment as much as possible.”
Sean came onboard as Principal just this past April, and so he’s thrilled to be stepping into his first full year.
“And since this is my first full year, I hope to have an opportunity to honestly counter the negative narrative that exists in society about black men,” said Sean. “And also to give the children as robust of an education experience as possible, while thinking out of the box, if necessary.”