Speaking Day

Post date: Nov 20, 2014 7:19:35 PM

We will once again be holding our annual Speaking Day event for 7th-11th grade students. This year it will be held on Thursday, December 11th. If you are not familiar with this event, it is a day where we we have all of the 7th-11th grade students give a speech to a panel of judges (consisting of community members, a teacher, and seniors). This is our fourth year of this event, and we are beginning to see great gains in the speaking abilities of our students!

Speaking is one of the main focus areas of the Common Core standards, and this event helps the students to meet these requirements in a variety of classes. In fact, they will get points in more than just English class for completing and giving their speech. We will work with the students in several of their classes in order for them to be ready for the big day.

Although students get plenty of time here at school to practice their speech, they will also need time at home. Parents of any 7th-11th grade student can expect that their student will need to work on their speech from now until Speaking Day. We hope that students will want to share their speeches with their families! We also encourage students to attend the Study Table, which is held Monday-Wednesday from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. and from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Fridays, if they need more time to practice their speech.

Another element of Speaking Day is professional dress. We expect that students dress nicely on this day. We have gone over this with the students, and if any students need nice clothing, we are more than happy to help them. We have a variety of stuff here at school, but can always work with students to get what they need if they let us know in advance. Another great resource for finding clothes are peers, as often students borrow clothing items from each other. But, again, please let us know what we can do to help if needed!

If you have any questions or concerns about the event, please contact any 7th-12th teacher or the administrative staff. We look forward to another great year of great speeches from our students, and seeing them grow and succeed!