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An Important Message from Dr. Lonergan

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR THE LONGWOOD SCHOOL COMMUNITY:

As part of the Middle School Character Education Program, teachers selected the book Wonder for students to read.  After teachers reviewed the movie trailer, it was suggested that students experience first-hand the newly released film.

Wonder tells the story of a young boy who was born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school.  He becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade.

It has been our consistent practice to value classroom time between teachers and their students. Field trips can be a tremendous addition to the classroom learning process especially for children in middle grades.

Discussions in our classrooms both before and after viewing the movie are the most important lesson for students. The well-organized process involving conversations between children and adults, including their parents and siblings, must be in place for this experience to be enjoyable and realistic.

Now that these discussions have taken place, we have reviewed the reason and expected outcomes and will support this particular field trip.

The District will continue to review past practice regarding field trips to the movies.  While we support the message of the film and how it integrates into the Character Education Program at the Middle School, we remain committed to the classroom instructional time to be a priority for student learning.

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