The May 2022 tragic event in Buffalo, NY, was a time that our students needed conversation about our society.

I wanted to share with you a Head, Heart, & Conscience Rationale lesson that one of our teachers recommends to colleagues. It may offer an opportunity for your family to continue the conversation at home.

While each of our teachers choses their own approach, we do take time to discuss events like these to help our students cope with the impact and learn how they can become, “The Creators of Their Future World,” by learning and growing in powerful and positive ways now, in their current world.  The classroom is a place where students should learn with intellectual rigor, emotional engagement, and ethical reflection, and come to understand that their own views and choices matter.

The following call to action was the closing paragraph in a school-wide announcement about the Buffalo event:  “The most immediate thing we can do is to ensure a safe environment for those around us. Be aware of what we say and do, to make sure our language includes those around us. Too often casual language, or utterances excused as “humor” can harm in ways we can’t understand unless we are those harmed. Each of us can act to create positive change. We can demonstrate empathy, listen, and stand beside those who are hurting.”

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.