Peter's Finally Friday Blog - May is Mental Health Month & WOE Complex tour - The Residents Village School.
Hola, my WOE Friends!
It's Finally Friday! We're knocking on the weekend door. I hope you were able to get something accomplished this week. I still ate up until I went to bed, so obviously, I have much more work to do! But try again I shall.
May is Mental Health Month. The WOE Cares will be selecting topics each week to help bring awareness and education to this important topic; Knowing is the first step to understanding. This weeks topic is Suicide Prevention. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death overall and suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 34.
My family itself has been affected by certain types of mental illness. I find it essential for everyone to be aware of what many of the illnesses are. We all know what a heart condition, diabetes, and high blood pressure are and how to treat people who have it. The WOE hopes to help others understand what the different types of mental illnesses are and how people can get it treated.
Be sure to visit the WOE Cares page throughout the month and please pass the information on to your friends and spread the word!
The WOE Short Story: Both Sides of the Party - Part 2. is now online!
I have attached the latest HR Picture: Normal Is Just Fitting In.
This weeks WOE Complex tour - Residents Village School.
As many of you may know, my wife Jennifer is a school teacher on the WOE property. Most of the WOE employees live on the property and have their own apartment, townhouse, or home; all paid for. Jennifer teaches fourth grade and loves it, "All the kids and students are so well behaved and respectful."
The school runs all year long, giving the students and teachers periodic breaks of two to three weeks, max. They start at 9:00 a.m. for elementary and middle schools and end at 5 p.m. For high schools they begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 6 p.m., then they have band, sports, or other activities after dinner.
There is never any homework and very few tests. There are also no grades. No "A" students or "C" students. No Principals' list either. Every end of unit assessment is a pass or fail only . If a student fails it, they must re-take it again in two days, by reviewing it with a teacher's aid.
On Fridays they have a different schedule. They review for half the day, take a late lunch together, then play games together in the sports complex. They are good-natured and spirited games that pit teams against one another. Teams are always selected randomly (no schoolyard picks) and change weekly. The teams can be male against female, mixed ages, mixed grades, etc.
The competitions range from game shows that test your knowledge to physical competitions like canoe racing, paintball, laser tag, skilled survival, and much more. The kids love it and build strong friendships, as well as strengthen their mental and physical skills.
All the teachers have at least a master's degree, and all the college professors have Ph.D.'s or Ed.E degrees. Jennifer was an assistant for fourth grade while she earned her master's degree.
All the kids, starting in kindergarten, have sensitivity training on bullying, picking on others, and tolerance of others.
Jennifer has full-time assistant and time built in every day to grade papers. She no longer has to bring anything home with her. All her planning is already done. In the past, she would spend many hours, every week, doing lesson plans for the following week. Because the kids are in school all year, there is little reason to re-teach lessons and waste valuable time. The ready-made lessons give many opportunities to review before each assessment.
"It's very frustrating when you don't have the support of the parents at home. Homework wasn't checked over. Bedtimes weren't a big deal. They sometimes felt the teachers should do all the teaching, and that was that, "Jennifer said of her previous teaching job. "Now the parents don't have to check their kids' homework, because everything is done at school."
Unfortunately, kids under ten are still not allowed at the WOE Complex. But they do have a movie theater, and other activities they can do at school and at the mall.
All the schooling is completely paid for, from Pre-K through getting a doctorate degree, if you so choose.
Thanks for reading! I Hope you have a great weekend. Until next time,