Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation competition sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Students memorize three poems approved by the Poetry Out Loud organization. Our school competition is February 29 and the state competition is March 15. See Mrs. Foster to participate. For more information about this fun opportunity visit PoetryOutLoud.org.
Art Club meets in the art room on Fridays after school from 4:20 – 5:30. During Art Club, students have an opportunity to refine works from our current curriculum and are also free to participate in any safe art-making practice as long as they respect themselves, other students and the studio. Art Club is open to all students, as space allows. Parents are also welcome. See Mr. Judd for a permission slip and more information about this after-school opportunity.
Ladies of Value, or LoVe, is a new Northfield mentorship group for young ladies. This group is focusing on topics such as self worth, life skills and financial success. The group meets every other Tuesday in room 218 during both lunches. Our next meeting is February 16. All are welcome!
Through Hoops to Hope
Through Hoops to Hope hosted its first meeting with senior citizens last week. Seniors visited Northfield from Brooksdale Senior Living and played partner croquet with our students. Our students did a wonderful job escorting seniors in and out of the building, talking to them between matches and being helpful and friendly while playing croquet. The students and seniors left the croquet match excited and asking to do it again next week! More information on Through Hoops to Hope can be found here.
Sources of Strength
Sources of Strength (SoS) is a mental wellness program that teaches students protective factors that keep people healthy and trains them to be peer leaders in their community. Students have learned that by strengthening their relationships with friends, family and mentors, by practicing gratitude and engaging in physical activity people are more likely to be strong in the face of inevitable challenges. SoS peer leaders will be meeting each week to work on campaigns and initiatives that will build positive school culture and promote mental wellness at Northfield.
The Intersectional Feminist Club had a hugely successful inaugural meeting with over 30 students in attendance. Our first initiative is a Valentine’s Day Bake Sale on February 11 and 12, which will emphasize that love can come in many different forms: loving your friends, loving your family, loving an extracurricular activity and loving yourself. All proceeds from the bake sale will be donated to SafeHouse Denver, which provides shelter, intervention, counseling and education to survivors of domestic violence. If you would like to provide monetary donations or baked goods to the Bake Sale please contact Ms. Doak. The club meets on Wednesdays during second lunch. Join us!
The Northfield Environmental Club has been working with Denver Recycles to implement a recycling program at NHS. The program is now up and running and students are recycling their paper, cans and glass. This group of earth-friendly students is also in the process of calculating the school’s carbon footprint. The Environmental Club plans to work with the cafeteria staff starting in the coming months to find ways to make the lunch room less of a strain on the environment. Interested in saving the world? Join the Environmental Club the second Wednesday of each month; meetings are at lunch in Mr. Stickrath’s room.
The Northfield Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) recently attended the 23rd Annual Cherry Creek Diversity Conference, which hosts over 100 schools and 1,000 students every year. This year’s keynote speaker was Iman Jodeh, executive director of Meet the Middle East, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering relationships between the United States and the Middle East. The conference hosted 60 breakout sessions that included topics such as religion, gender, race, teenage challenges, sexual identity and orientation, and social strife.
“I loved the experience. There were so many completely different kids from all over the state, and it was great to get to talk to them without fear of judgement. I learned a ton, had a great time, and really want to go back next year.”–Perry Cooper, NHS student
“It opened our eyes to different kids in the community and made accepting of their differences and perspectives easier.”–Sophia Niquette, NHS student
GSA meets every Thursday during first lunch and is sponsored by Mr. Porter and Ms. Foster. Come learn about our inaugural community service project and other events to be held in 2016. All students are welcome!
National History Day
NHS students participating in the National History Day competition are busily wrapping up their research projects and preparing for their presentations at the end of this month. The theme this year is Exploration, Encounter and Exchange. For info on participating in next year’s NHD or other extracurricular academics like this, reach out to Greg Moldow, Northfield GT and Enrichment Coordinator.