Below is a list of scheduled Curriculum Enrichment programs, as the year progresses, more programs will be added. Please check this page for more details.
We are so excited for the upcoming year of curriculum enrichment!
Grade 7 & 8
Dr. Mykee Fowlin
Through his creative, inspirational, and impactful performances, Dr. Mykee Fowlin takes audiences on an experiential journey, having them reexamine core precepts that were taught to us from as early on as 1st grade. He uses humor, performance art, poetry, storytelling, psychology, theatrical monologues, and his personal journey to create a moving experience for all who are open to this evolution. Audiences leave his performances contemplating how they can be more accepting of their flaws and ultimately, embracing and/or forgiving the shortcomings of others.
Grade 6 & 7
Scott Driscoll, Internet Safety Concepts
After a career in law enforcement, Mr. Driscoll founded Internet Safety Concepts and has been dedicated to helping families make safe online choices. His presentations teach students how to use technology safely while avoiding potential dangers of the internet, social media, and cyberbullying. Topics discussed include picture sharing, privacy settings, the concept of a “digital tattoo,” and popular apps including social networking.
January 23-27 - Outspoken Literacy Consultants in Residence
Every year, 6th grade welcomes acclaimed authors and consultants, Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger. They enrich the English curriculum with their assembly and writing workshops. They work with the students to develop complex thinking and the literacy skills they will need to succeed in the future.
Date TBD - 3GNY We Educate Speaker Stacey Delikat
Stacey Delikat, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, will speak to 6th graders to coordinate with their Social Studies unit on Europe and the Holocaust. She will talk about how her Grandfather survived Auschwitz and four other concentration camps. Holocaust education not only increases students’ historical knowledge but also develops students’ empathy, acceptance of diverse viewpoints and willingness to challenge intolerant behavior in others. With so few living survivors left, it's so important to keep these stories alive.
April 18 - Sena Wazer, Climate Change Activist
Sena Wazer will speak to all 3 grades during Earth Week about her experience as a climate activist. She is a recent college graduate and Truman Scholar with experience working in both CT, as Director of SunriseCT and Washington, DC, working for Senator Richard Blumenthal. Her talk will focus on science, the environment, and how teens and young adults have a strong voice and potential to change the world. Her impressive advocacy work at such a young age encourages students to find things they care about in their own communities and make a difference.
April 24 - Holocaust Survivor Talk
Mrs. Judith Altman has been an annual speaker and a favorite of EMS. She talks about her and her family’s personal experiences during the Holocaust. Her presence and talk educate, enlighten and move students deeply.
May 12 - Alvin Ailey Percussion Lecture and Demonstration
4 members of Alvin Ailey demonstrate an introductory rhythm and movement presentation using percussion instruments. Students learn about the basic rhythmic structure of indigenous music and the cultures that create it. This is an interactive presentation in which students are invited on stage to sample dance styles, and this coordinates with their Subsaharan Africa unit in Social Studies.
May 18 - Ballet Hispánico
Ballet Hispánico will take sixth graders on a guided journey through Latinx dance and culture. Music, cultural connections, choreography insights, and history will come together to deepen the audience's expreicen of dance, while learning about Latinx icons, such as Ceclia Cruz and Tito Puente.
May 31 - Lost Boy and Educational Leader Gabriel Bol Deng
Gabriel Bol Deng, one of the Sudanese orphans known as the Lost Boys of Sudan, will present to 7th graders to coincide with their Social Studies unit on sub-Saharan Africa. While Gabriel shares his story, the theme of his talk overall is gaining strength through adversity. Gabriel went on to start a foundation Hope for Ariang that has built schools and provides access to quality education in South Sudan.
June 5, 12, or 14 - SoundWaters Field Trip
SoundWaters Coastal Explorers program will engage students in meaningful watershed science experiences. During this one-day field trip, students perform hands-on experiments that enhance critical thinking skills and offers STEM experiential learning opportunities in biology, geology and physical science. Coastal Explorers promotes a sense of connection and respect for the environment and the students’ community.
For more information please contact Amy Johnson or Heeyoon Slater