What is the BAR?

 

Well, from my understanding people get better, when they start to understand thay they are valuable. -Mos def

 

What is the BAR? The BAR is an acronym for Bell, Almanzar and Ramos. We are the teachers who are reponsible for educating the 7th and 8th grade 15:1 Center For Learning Middle School students at YMA. On Friday's the BAR will avail themselves via a video conference to discuss topics, issues or any other pressing themes that may provoke our students to analyze the world around them. These topics will also help our students to self refelct and see themselves as individuals who are capable of solving problems and making the world around them better.

In light of the current situation the BAR will be open on Friday's so that students will have a safe meeting place where they can freely share their thoughts and emotions. As educators we know that their worlds have been severely impacted by the closing of schools due to Covid-19. The BAR is concerend with the social and emotional condition of our students. We feel that creating a space for our pupils during these trying times is essential. This space is essential because we want our community of learners to know that there is a location that they can enter where other like minded students will be who may share their feelings and thoughts. This support will let our students know that they are not alone during these times of difficulty. Secondly, we want our students to know that they have an outlet where they can feel free to express themselves during these times. Our overall goal is to help our students maintain and manage their emotions and any stressors that they may endure during these unprecedented times.