Human rights assembly focuses on school community and climate

December 04, 2008

A recent human rights assembly at Hopkins West Junior High continues the school's work on developing a respectful community and positive school climate.

Principal Terry Wolfson asked the students to consider what the school would be like if it was a more ideal environment where students felt respected and safe. Students watched a video illustrating the damage that can be caused by disrespect, and the contrasting healing effects of respect.The video featured sketch art and atmospheric music by two 9th grade students.

Ann Postelwaite, director of student leadership for the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals, led the students and staff through a variety of interactive activities that featured movement, communication, and humor.

The human rights assembly concluded with a poem—West Junior High Rap—emphasizing the positive aspects of a respectful community, which was performed by staff members.

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