What You Need Wednesdays: High School Innovation

Reflecting on Wednesday, January 13th: By Joel Tolman

Alum Marcel Farrel holding a virtual workshop on comicc book character drawing.

A screen shot from a recent virtual workshop on comic book character drawing by CG alumn Marcel Farrel

In December, CGHS recognized that our students and teachers needed something different — more academic support during the school day, a change from classes as usual, opportunities to explore their passions and take care of themselves. After consulting with students, families, and teachers, we launched “What You Need Wednesdays.”

Students are required to check in at the beginning, middle and end of the day, but in between, they sign up for what they need: one on one and small group support with teachers, independent work time, and Wonder and Wellness workshops focused on career exploration, community service, learning new things, and personal well-being.

A screen shot of artist & activist Salwa Abdussabur’s holding Zoom space with our students.

This schedule changes provides an opportunity to invite alumni back to share their passions, and to pass along skills they’ve learned since graduating. Yesterday’s offering included: artist & activist Salwa Abdussabur shared films from the Black Haven Film Festival that she curated, and talked with students about art as a tool for social change.

Jesus Reyes, who just graduated from University of Maine with a degree in environmental science, taught us about fisheries and how to tie fishing knots. Marcel Farrell, also a recent college grad in art, led a workshop on comic book character drawing.

On this Wednesday, this was exactly what we all needed.

A screen shot from Jesus Reye’s interactive, virtual knot-tying workshop.


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