Taking changes in stride, middle school students at River City Scholars joined forces to get to know their new school leader. At the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, River City welcomed Principal Veronica Lake to lead the school.
Since students have been learning in a non-traditional learning environment, many logging in to learn from their homes, students did not have the opportunity to meet their new leader in person. To remedy this, middle schoolers arranged a special online “Meet the Principal” event for students learning in-person and virtually.
Just one day before Halloween, sixth through eighth graders hosted the virtual event with more than 100 students in attendance through Google Meets, with even more viewing on the large screens from their classrooms.
Principal Lake began the meet and greet by showing the students her “Queen Mother” Wakanda costume for Halloween. “She talked to the middle school students about her experience, her family, what college she attended, and the importance of perseverance,” said Dr. Tamela Brown, middle school dean at River City Scholars.
Throughout the meeting, students were highly engaged, posting over 100 interactive questions in the chatbox. Later during the session, students were joined by Dr. Brown who posed as moderator, asking the students’ questions. Truly wanting to get to know their principal, students asked everything from her favorite candy, to her Zodiac sign, to what inspired her to become a principal.
“Students were able to connect with the principal authentically, discuss music and other common interests, and expressed gratitude for an opportunity to meet with her,” shared Brown.
Principal Lake used the opportunity to encourage students to talk about what was working well for them, both in the virtual and in-person models. They also shared what they thought would be beneficial to help them be successful for the remainder of the school year.
“The meet and greet was an hour full of excitement, laughs, curiosity, and a student even did a dance for Principal Lake!” said Brown.
Ms. Lake joined River City at the beginning of the school year and brings years of leadership experience to her school community, including serving as principal at Grand Rapids Public Schools for five years. She holds a master’s degree in special education and counseling psychology from Fayetteville State University.
Middle School Students Host Virtual Meet the Principal Event at River City Scholars
Published: Dec 04, 2020Jessica Meldrum
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