February was such a busy month! Check out what we've been up to!
Jamya Sistrunk won Battle of the Books last month, having read more books than other any fifth grader for the month of January!
On February 6, KIPP Charlotte held its annual Career Fair. Parents and community members volunteered to speak with students about their roles and responsibilities in their varied industries. Here, three fifth graders discuss what it takes to be a police officer with one of Charlotte-Mecklenburg's own.
On February 21 (the 49th anniversary of Malcolm X's assassination), Amad Shakur, Founder and Director for the Center for the African Diaspora here in Charlotte, came and spoke to students about the importance of resistance, religion and education in Black History.
On March 4, we held our Black History Month program entitled Living a Legacy. Students performed as famous historical figures, such as Phyllis Wheatley, W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington, and Frederick Douglass. We also had vocal and dance performances.
5th graders donned their professional dress and visited the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Culture + Art on March 6th, which proved to be such an invaluable opportunity for students to view work from such artists as Kara Walker and Margo Humphrey. Afterwards, students ate at Mellow Mushroom in Uptown Charlotte!
Spent an afternoon last week listening to and discussing the theme of "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" (the actual song). Such a fun way to engage students in figurative language and determining the theme of a text (though I was undoubtedly thrown off by the number of students who had never heard of Ms. Hill before!)