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Welcome to James P.B. Duffy, School # 12 

Dear Awesome #12 School Families,

I want you to know about the work we are doing to seed Restorative Practices at School 12.  We have 11 faculty who are participating in Restorative Practices evening institutes on a monthly basis.  We have opened 3 faculty professional learning sessions using circles to build community among our staff, which has grown tremendously this year with our grow-out.  Teachers have the opportunity to engage in restorative circles once on a month to build community, process stress and strengthen collegial support.  Students are experiencing circles facilitated by their teachers in participating teachers’ classrooms.  Last week, a circle was conducted by the principal for a 6th grade class, and teachers are supporting students with morning meetings, and impromptu circles. 

We are also very fortunate to have Mr. Huntoon, our counselor who is establishing the Help Zone at School #12 in partnership with the Center for Youth.  Mr. Huntoon has helped students to process emotions, seek help, and resolve conflict.  His presence in our school for the past several weeks has made a noted difference in our ability to meet students’ social and emotional learning needs, develop students’ resiliency, and increase their time in class.

This work is very exciting, and I would like to invite parents to learn more about restorative practices and how they can help make our school a place where it is even more of a joy to teach and to learn.  We will offer a parent forum where parents can experience a circle and learn more about the practices, and how we can build a restorative school culture where parents are included in the process of community building.  On March 6th, our next release day, teacher development will be focused on Culturally Relevant Parent Engagement.  A survey will be coming out to gather input from parents to inform our day.

The ELA/Social Studies Expo takes place at school on February 16, 5:30-7:00.

February Character Trait Cooperation

Our Book of the Month or February is  Abiyoyo, by Pete Seeger.  This is a story of a father and son who try to outsmart the monster, Abiyoyo,  who threatens their village. Please take a moment to view the video of the author reading the book on Reading Rainbow

Thank you for your ongoing support.    It strengthens our school and community.


Dr. Gkourlias

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