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Student Collaboration Activities Expand
As collaboration at SJND expanded this year to include 17 days of “activities collaboration,” students have enjoyed a wide variety of activities, including college advisory sessions, a Halloween carnival and freshman study skill sessions.
The activities offer students the opportunity to participate in co-curricular programs during the school day, which normally is scheduled with classes and after-school programs, like theater or sports.
“Increasingly, colleges are looking for students to have a diverse portfolio—academics are important, but students who can include their service and leadership experience are highly regarded in the admissions process,” said Assistant Principal of Student Life Jean Kuznik.
“Leadership and service are requirements for most of the national honor societies, too,” she added. “In setting aside time for activities during collaboration, we have removed the tension of needing to choose between competing interests. As one student reported, attendance at a club meeting during collaboration was over 25 students; attendance to the same club’s meeting that was held at lunch time plummeted to eight students.”
Students have also had the opportunity to attend forums outside the classroom — the Black History Month assembly marking the 70th anniversary of the Port Chicago munitions explosion, Cesar Chavez Day, and Pi day. Other students have used the collaborations to build on their college portfolios — SAT and ACT prep, for example. Students are also using the time to engage in clubs and organizations—spending time with like-minded students and faculty members who share a common interest — STEM society, art and language honor societies and fitness classes.
The learning opportunities created by these programs benefit students by giving them the platform to develop leadership, organizational skills, refined communication skills and to have healthy social interactions.