Sixth Graders Kick Off 2020 with Intersession
Earlier this month, sixth graders embarked on a weeklong Intersession program full of exciting programming to begin their last semester at CEE.
Intersession, which was introduced last year, allows for students to participate in special sessions (on Human Development, Drug Education, CPR First Aid training, and Cyber Education & Digital Citizenship, for example) into one consolidated week following Winter Break.
Throughout the Intersession week, sixth graders had ample opportunity to discuss strategies for personal wellness and life beyond The Center. Three CEE alumni returned to campus to share their personal and professional journeys with our sixth graders, who felt inspired after meeting with these alumni in the technology, media, and academic fields.
There were also sessions on Communications and Team Dynamics. A special unit on Mindfulness and Stress Management included a field trip to Unplug on Melrose for a meditation class, learning meditation techniques from Mallika Chopra. The students also enjoyed a session on Financial Literacy with our very own Head of School, Mark Brooks!
The week concluded with the sixth graders participating in community service field trips in small groups to the Alexandria House, Saban Clinic, and Silverado Beverly Place. At the Saban Community Clinic, the group toured the facility, created 250 homeless hygiene kits, and wrote notes of encouragement to people experiencing homelessness. The group that visited Alexandria House assisted with gardening work and clean up in the preschool area, also helping to create posters for Alexandria House's upcoming March-A-Thon to bring awareness around homelessness in LA. Students joined the seniors at Silverado Beverly Place in making Sandwiches for the Hungry, They also played games, made art, and participated in an improv class with the residents. It was a week filled with new experiences, meaningful conversations, and the opportunity to engage and learn from community members both within and beyond our school walls.
The sixth grade team is excited for the chance to apply the lessons learned throughout the remainder of the year!