Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Dress Down Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Wednesday 1/18/2017, is our third Wednesday of the month all school dress down day. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Screening of 13th on Friday

Friday, January 13, during tutorial and 3rd block, MPH Upper School students will have a chance to screen the documentary 13th by Ava DuVernay in the Student Lounge. This screening is sponsored by the students of Community Wide Dialogue in anticipation of Martin Luther King's day the following Monday.



"Ava DuVernay’s 13th is a documentary about how the Thirteenth Amendment led to mass incarceration in the United States, but it’s also a gorgeous, evocative, and maddening exploration of words: of their power, their roots, their permanence. It’s about those who wield those words and those made to kneel by them..." Read the whole article and interview by Jukeyla Latigua Williams titled "Ava DuVernay's 13th Reframes American History" on The Atlantic.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Friday, December 9, 2016

Community Wide Dialogue still open to new applicants

As of today, there are still 5 spots open for Community Wide Dialogue. We are looking for 9th, 10th grade and 11th grade students in particular, so they can be trained to be student mentors for next year.

Community Wide Dialogue (CWD) is a student-led leadership group focused on issues of race and social justice. MPH students will work in partnership with students from Henninger high school under the guidance of members of Interfaith Works. This year CWD is committed to educating MPH students on issues of racism and to leading MPH into a proper celebration of Black History Month in February.

The program starts at the beginning of January for student mentors, and at the end of January for every one (see application for details)

Applications must be returned to M. Leclercq or Ms. Thomann.

Monday, December 5, 2016

National Computer Science Week Hour Of Code: at MPH on Wednesday during tutorial

For Computer Science Education Week our CIS department has put together a variety of activities including an online film festival, Hour Of Code, and a video game challenge. For more information visit www.mphtechnology.net or find @MPHtechnology on Twitter for the most up to date information. 


Civil Discourse at MPH

Word cloud based on US students expectations for Civil Discourse

After a bitter and divisive election season, filled with inflammatory speech, misinformation, and personal attacks, we felt that it was important for our community to reaffirm the possibility of civil discourse. Our school is a space where tough political, social and environmental issues can be discussed in a respectful manner, where individuals listen to each other, and where differences of identity and opinion are valued.

A group of student leaders from Student Council, National Honor Society, Gay Straight Alliance and Mentors for Violence Prevention synthesized their classmates' feelings on civil discourse in the following declaration, based on MPH's Five Cs (concern, confidence, consideration, cooperation, courtesy), which will be included in the Palladium for future generations of MPH students:

The MPH Declaration on Civil Discourse 


Cooperation 
Dialogue: We seek to grow our understanding through conversation, and sincerely consider what other people are saying, recognizing that there are no winners or losers;
Compromise : We recognize that we must sacrifice some of our wants to reach harmony;

Consideration 
- Respect : We value other people and their perspectives, and respect others’ boundaries and emotions; - Inclusion : We welcome other people’s, perspectives, and opinions into conversation, and allow others to exit the conversation or observe;

Confidence
- Openness : We are comfortable expressing our opinions and emotions, and participating in conversation to whichever degree that we choose;
- Freedom: We recall our right to “freedom of speech” as promised under the Bill of Rights;

Concern 
- Self-Awareness : We remember that our actions, beliefs, and the way we conduct ourselves in conversation can either help solve problems or make them worse;
- Disengagement : We end the conversation if it becomes unproductive or counterproductive;

Courtesy 
- Appropriate Communication : We use appropriate tones, and respectful verbal and body language;
- Appropriate Settings : We find appropriate times and places for conversation;

Comprehension 
- Empathy : We try to understand why people hold their specific beliefs, and why they may react emotionally in certain situations;
- Objectivity : We seek out facts and challenge falsehoods;
- Open-Mindedness : We try to challenge our own opinions and perspectives, and we aren’t afraid to change our minds.

Monday, November 28, 2016