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Friday, March 30, 2012

Family Geography Night -- South Middle in Braintree

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PHOTO By Lee Gorman. See entire set on Flickr.
This Wednesday evening, Dr. Domingo and I were very pleased to return to South Middle School in Braintree, which we had most recently visited on September 16. This time, we saw both seventh graders and their parents -- more than 100 in all -- who were participating in Braintree's first Family Geography Night. This is a model developed at North Andover Middle School that earned a commendation from the Massachusetts Senate last year. It allows parents to learn along with their students, and to see that geography is a much more dynamic field than they might recall from their own school days.
Thanks to Braintree district Social Studies Coordinator Gorman Lee for his support of geography in general, this event in particular, and the photos he provided of the evening. Thanks also to Mark Henry and the other terrific teachers from both South and East Middle (where we will be going in two weeks) who made this possible, as well as the school principal and custodians. 
And of course, thanks to the seventh graders who showed their enthusiasm for learning about the world and how they are connected to it!

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