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  • Spring Round Up

    Margaret Paul
    Dear Families,
     
     
    Time is flying in the high school–we can’t believe we have one week until Field Day! A reminder to families that next Friday, May 27th is a day of school, and a wonderful tradition for the whole LREI community! We will spend time with our lower school buddies and celebrate the Class of 2022.
     
    And as we plan the end-of-high-school celebrations for the graduating class of 2022, we are also in the process of welcoming the class of 2026–a robust and energetic group that is our largest class ever, with students joining from schools across New York City. Our 2022-2023 Peer Leaders enthusiastically welcomed them to LREI yesterday for the traditional ice cream social; it was so wonderful to have them in the building.
     
     
     
     
    Academic Updates
    Next week we will release the 2022-2023 Course Guide for rising juniors and seniors. This year, we are thrilled to offer this guide in a new, digital format that we hope will help students and families more clearly assess which courses students want to take next year. We will share this with students on Tuesday in an assembly, and then out to families later in the day. We ask that all rising junior/senior families review this with their students in the next 2 weeks, when course sign-up forms will be due.
     
     
    A snapshot from the new dynamic course guide

    End of year grades and comments are typically released a week after the end of school. We often get questions about transcripts at that time. If, after you review grades and comments, you notice discrepancies on your student’s transcript, you can email Jenny Escorcia at jescorcia@lrei.org. Please note–it takes longer to certify Honors Projects, so these may not immediately appear on the transcript in June.

    Year-End Events . . . please join us!

    • Spring Festival of Plays, this Saturday, May 21st at 2 and 6 pm; tickets can be purchased in the HS lobby tomorrow, or by emailing Joan Jubett: jjubett@lrei.org
    • Spring Concert, Thursday, May 26th, 6 pm, HS PAC
    • Sports Awards, Tuesday, May 31st at 5:15-6:30 pm, HS PAC. Light refreshments will be served in the courtyard.
    • Lit Magazine-Arts Showcase-Coffee House, Wednesday, June 1st @ 6 pm; HS PAC; There will be art displayed throughout the school, and amazing slate of performers, and a mid-show reveal of the 2021-2022 EI Lit Mag. Light refreshments will be served in the courtyard.
    • Senior Project evening, Tuesday, June 7th, 6:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served in the courtyard.
     
    And finally, in the coming weeks we will share additional year-end information by grade, including information on mental health resources for students and families over the summer. In advance of this, if you would like to talk with someone on our Wellness Team about concerns or support you feel your student needs, please reach out to Ty Beauchamp, tbeauchamp@lrei.org


  • Teacher Appreciation

    Margaret Paul
    Dear Families,
     
     
    Today we share some of the work in the high school this week from the perspective of our greatest super power . . . our teachers. 
     

    Besides being the brains of this operation, they are simultaneously the heart and soul . . . they show up everyday to support your students’ cognitive and social-emotional growth, knowing how inextricably linked these are.
     
     
     
     
    What does it mean to be a high school teacher at LREI in 2022? In some ways, the work we do has been profoundly changed through the pandemic, yet we continue to be guided by the core pedagogical principles we have worked from since the first day we walked into our classrooms.
     
     
     
    As progressive teachers, we facilitate learning through experience and inquiry. We posit questions that lead students to think critically towards solutions–whether these be mathematical, theoretical, or practical. We spend our days building skills and abilities that help students think critically about the world around them. In 2022, this is complicated work.
     
     
     
     
    This week alone, teachers have engaged in discussions regarding constitutional rights, protections, and processes in relation to womens’ bodies and choices. They have helped students consider the complexities of human rights, economics, and politics as they intersect in the ongoing Ukranian invasion. They have analyzed data regarding the impact of methane gases on our climate, and considered the implications of redistricting in relation to voting rights.
     

    They have also supported 23 students in drafting and rehearsing campaign speeches for Student Government elections, rehearsed with students for the upcoming Spring Festival of Plays and end-of-year coffee house. They have made art and music and story together. They have celebrated risk-taking, persistence, and extra practice. And they have soothed stresses, encouraged students to turn in missing work, and reassured those who are anxious that they are moving shoulder to shoulder through this journey with them.
     
     

    Teaching is hard work, and teaching in 2022 sometimes feels overwhelming. However, the reason we show up, day after day, is the hope our students bring to LREI each day. 

    We show up for their ideas, their vision, their audacity. 
    We show up for their confidence and courage. 
    We show up for their boldness and swagger. 
    And we show up for their heart.

     
  • Best Week of the Year

    Margaret Paul
    Dear families.
     
    This is one of our favorite weeks of the entire school year--Junior Trip Week. The timing and opportunities of this week mark a shift for all of our students.
     
     
    Our seniors are hard at work on their Senior Projects. We see them on Tuesdays when they come in for homeroom and advisory, and then a handful of them throughout the week. Otherwise, they're out of the building--taking their first steps out into the world beyond high school. Tomorrow marks the end of week 3 of the experiential portion of the project--the halfway point!
     
     
    Juniors are around the country engaging in their place-based research projects. The students who departed on Sunday & Monday this week are not the same students who return tomorrow. They've spent their week immersed in their topics, meeting with many people and discussing their experiences with their group throughout each day. The students always come back to the building seeming to have aged more than one week. I look forward to the energy they bring back to us as we move towards the end of the school year. 
     
     
    9th & 10th graders are here in the building, continuing to build the foundation that will allow them to successfully participate in their future work. 9th graders took part in a day of service at the UCC Youth Farm in Brooklyn yesterday. The grade & their advisors were able to enjoy the nice weather and help tend the gardens. 10th graders took the Pre-ACT yesterday. Not necessarily as exciting as the other grades, but it marks another milestone on the way to becoming 11th graders.
     
    Please enjoy the pictures and updates below!
     
     
    9th graders at UCC Youth Farm
     
     
    Climate Change in Charleston, SC. 
    The Sea Level Rise/Climate Change group traveled to the Ghost Forest of Helena Island SC on Tuesday after an inspiring conversation with Queen Quet of the Gullah.Geechee Nation. Though we previewed images and discussed the Ghost Forest before our arrival— terms such as “tree graveyard”, “doomsday forest”, “skeleton beach” set the tone for our visit— nothing could have prepared us for such a stark and uncanny experience of the effects of climate change. We walked out onto a beach littered with the remains of petrified trees that looked like lifeless monuments to the stands of lush forests just off the shore. This visceral experience of the beach and its environs put into bold relief the irrevocable effects of climate change and sea level rise.
     
     
    Criminal Justice: Mass Incarceration in Chicago, IL
    Each person we met with got us one step closer to answering one of our essential questions: “How is society supporting incarcerated people through legal aid and representation?” Here we spoke to Renaldo, Anthony, and Kaitlyn of the Illinois Prison Project, who taught us about the effects of the prison system on people all over the country. It was impactful for us because it allowed us to see the humanity of incarcerated people that the media often doesn’t show.
     
     
    Indigenous Rights & Environmental Justice in Seattle, WA
    On Tuesday, our group visited the Quinault Indian Nation and met Dean Johnstone, the manager of the local fish hatchery. We learned all about the salmon life cycle and the role that hatcheries play in the Quinault reservation ecosystem. The hatchery acts as a place of production for the tribe which provides a source of food and income. We also talked about the role of climate change, as higher water temperatures reduce salmon population through diseases and unsuitable habitats.
     
     
     
     
     
    Sex Education & Reproductive Rights in Atlanta, GA
    The Sex Education and Reproductive Rights Junior Trip group has spent the week exploring the intersections between reproductive rights, health, and justice. Our partners in Atlanta have given us perspectives on the repro movement from activism, research, and political action. Students are bringing back a deeper understanding of the nuances surrounding reproductive justice and the importance of protecting bodily autonomy. In the photo, you can see us enjoying one of our favorite meals at a local barbecue spot!
     
     
     
    Homelessness in Seattle, WA
    Students on the Seattle trip studying homelessness have met with a range of organizations working on both the individual and systemic levels to create safe and permanent housing solutions. A highlight for students included a Thursday morning meeting with leaders at the King County Regional Homelessness Authority, a relatively new organization seeking to transform and disrupt the county’s response to homelessness by centering the voices of those who have lived experience of homelessness. Students were inspired by the organization’s theory of change and radical vision for housing all people and left feeling hopeful and excited to share what they’ve learned. (Pictured: students visiting Pike Place Market after a morning volunteering at and touring Downtown Emergency Services Center’s shelters.) 
     
     
    Indigenous Rights & Environmental Justice in Albuquerque, NM
    We have spent time this week listening and learning from Chicano and native peoples’ leaders who are fighting environmental racism in the greater Albuquerque, Pueblo, and Navajo lands. In listening to leaders, visiting sacred sites, and touring fracking operations on Navajo land we have developed a deeper and more complex understanding of the fight the communities are engaged in.

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