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Acclaimed Speaker Julia Garcia to Visit Schools

Acclaimed Speaker Julia Garcia to Visit Schools

Dear Clarkston Community Schools Parents,

One of the things our district is known for is our commitment to educating the "whole person." This commitment shapes everything from our school calendar and daily schedule, to our curriculum and assessments, even our learning environment (recall our recent installation of new flexible learning spaces in our buildings). All of these things contribute to the well-being of our students.

As Director for Student Growth and Well-Being, my focus is to address our students' social, emotional, and physical well-being as an important facet of their learning and development. Much of this work is a collaborative effort with our well-being task force and community partners and includes ongoing education for students, staff, and parents.

Next week, as part of our focus on creating a healthy, safe, and supportive learning environment, we will welcome nationally renowned speaker Julia Garcia to Clarkston Junior High School (Thursday, February 21) and Clarkston High School (Friday, February 22). Her unique presentation has impacted hundreds of thousands of students across school campuses nationwide.

In separate assemblies for boys and girls, Ms. Garcia will lead CJHS, CHS, and RHS students through courageous conversations and empathy training designed to:

  • raise awareness around issues of harassment, bullying, and sexual assault.
  • empower students to make healthy and informed choices.
  • learn positive options for bystander intervention.
  • ignite leaders on campus through empathy building activities and social-emotional learning.
  • shift the school culture in powerful ways.

If you have a junior high or high school student, please follow up with them afterward and ask them what they heard, and how it made them feel. For those of you with younger students, it's never too early to start talking about how they can use their voice to speak up for themselves and others, and the power they have to create a culture of kindness and respect.

We have the power to shape our learning all starts with our kids.

Staci Puzio
Director of Student Growth & Well-Being

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of more than 7,500 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Each Clarkston Community Schools' student is fully engaged in a globally focused education, from preschool through graduation, that fosters in students a sense of self, perspective, responsibility/ownership, and contribution. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to cultivate thinkers, learners and positive contributors to a global society.

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