//HMS school year theme: RESILIENCE

HMS school year theme: RESILIENCE

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Resilience at Hahira Middle School

Hahira Middle School’s theme for the 2020-21 school year is RESILIENCE – the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. Students, teachers, and staff began the year by reading a schoolwide short story “Sweet, difficult sounds” by I.M. Desta and learned how to handle difficult situations in the face of adversity. Teachers were able to connect the short story to being resilient in various ways.  Engineering Technology classes explored what makes a structure resilient and students competed in the Card Tower Challenge to find out! Computer Science students learned how computer programmers have to be resilient when debugging code for a program.

One HMS club has been a key component to students remaining resilient. Sources of Strength involves student leaders who utilize the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture while modeling how to respond to adversity. Sources of Strength is designed to increase help seeking behaviors and connections between peers and caring adults with a focus on Hope, Health, and Strength.  Students are encouraged to build multiple sources of support in their lives so when times get hard, they have many strengths to fall back on. The peer leaders also meet monthly to develop ideas for sharing the Sources of Strength program with all of the students and staff.  

With schools facing many challenges, students at Hahira Middle School have gained a sense of comfort in knowing the staff members are there every day providing a soft place to land whenever they need it. One eighth grade student shared her thoughts about the new school year and why she loves coming to school. Payton said, “The teachers make it great at HMS. The curriculum is great here, but it’s the personalities of our teachers that shine. My teacher, Mrs. Brooks is a great social studies teacher because she puts her heart and soul into everything she does. It’s all about how you teach, not what you teach!” HMS administrators, teachers, and staff truly believe that the key to moving forward in a positive light is to remain resilient and focused on the positive aspects of being together as a family in a place they all love!