Current Events in Morning Meeting and Advisory
One program at Harbor Day that works on building community is Morning Meeting in middle school. Morning Meeting takes place during the first 10 minutes of the day on Monday and Friday mornings. The entire middle school, grades five through eight, gathered together in the upstairs large breakout space. Students, teachers, or both students and teachers run each meeting. Every Morning Meeting is different, covering a wide range of topics and subject matter. Many of the topics are current events happening locally or even worldwide. This week, students presented information about the situation in Iran and Women’s Rights. English and literature teacher Ms. Walkow and a group of 8th grade students of Iranian heritage presented information about the situation and offered words of support and strength to the many people who are affected. We have many Iranian-American families at HDS, many of whom have family and friends in Iran who stand with the protesters and care deeply about the people in Iran.
The discussion continued in advisory class as students discussed with their advisors more about the situation and about why people are protesting. This led to a rich discussion about the history of Iran and its current theocracy. It also gave students a safe space to ask questions and learn more about what this women’s rights movement means. Advisory in middle school is another time for students to discuss relevant issues and current events. Advisories consist of 8 or 9 students in a grade level with one teacher, who acts as an advisor. The program complements a rigorous academic program by building a partnership between advisor and advisee and is designed to develop students' self-reliance, moral character, personal responsibility, and social action within a guided, cooperative environment.