Last year, the Garrison School launched “Garrison GEMS,” a monthly assembly where students in grades K through five show off what they have been working on in their classrooms.
Garrison GEMS celebrates the success of programs focusing on monthly themes that place significance on an important character trait taught school-wide and in classrooms. March’s theme was “Honesty” and April’s was “Cooperation.” Students perform skits, read poems or sing songs that tie in to each theme. Some skits are written by children while some are taken from assignments.
In March, students read an acrostic poem on honesty and staged a Wax Museum skit for Women in History month. For April, student Zachary Shannon shared his story about a visit to the White House to meet Michelle Obama for a kids’ forum about staying healthy and her “Move It” initiative. Students also learned a new school song entitled Hard Work and Patience.
At GEMS assemblies, Principal Stephanie Impellittiere acknowledges students who are celebrating a birthday in that month by handing out a card with a special “gem” or precious stone. Impellittiere introduces the monthly theme and discusses the character trait.
“We wanted to establish a forum where teachers and students have the opportunity to share all of the outstanding enrichment programs that are going on in our school,” Impellittiere said.
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