Middle school students create and star in video

posted May 1, 2017, 11:17 AM by Courtney Fobes ‎(Marketing & PR)‎   [ updated May 1, 2017, 11:17 AM by NWSD District ]
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“Two, four, six, eight – no more bullies, no more hate!”

That’s the chant Northwestern Middle School eighth-grader Lucas Johnson wrote that inspired the theme of an 18-minute video produced by him and his peers.

“This project taught us that we had to communicate,” Johnson said. “Communication is hard, and this type of thing helps bring us all together.”

As part of the middle school’s “Follow the Pride” initiative, Johnson and peers on his “pride team” were challenged with creating a character-building video from start to finish.

Students were tasked with generating ideas for the character-building video, creating any props necessary and writing, performing and filming skits – and on a strict time deadline.

Students had just one 24-minute and one 57-minute period to produce skits and film.

“It’s amazing how it went from chaos to a work of art in 40 minutes. They worked together,” seventh-grade science teacher and pride team leader Kevin Mihalak said. “The point was to emphasize solutions to bullying, teach manners and emphasize what it takes to be a better person in and outside of the school building,”

Topics covered in the video included bullying, manners, cyberbullying, good sportsmanship, constructive criticism, tolerating differences, standing up for people who can’t stand up for themselves, hallway behavior and etiquette, bus conduct, telling vs. tattling and inclusion. The video’s overall focus was also to teach students to be more aware and mindful of how they handle daily situations.

“It brings us together,” said eighth-grader Emilee Swift, who acts in the video’s opening scene. “People you don’t see or talk to usually, you work with in pride groups.”

Middle school pride teams meet monthly and collaborate on projects focused on character and teamwork.

“Activities like this help bring some of the issues to light,” eighth-grader Kiizera Lee said. “I think people think of it as a fun thing, but this year, people took it a bit more seriously – took more account of the situation.”

Together, students and staff watched the finished video for the first time on March 10.

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“For the bully’s point of view, to see how we feel, I think it was good,” said seventh-grader Ashley Atzemis after the school-wide screening. “We need people to understand that even though you may not like us, bullying won’t do anything.”

Seventh-grader Bret Miller said he was most impressed with the protest skit – “two, four, six, eight – no more bullies, no more hate!”

“I felt like the protest was strong,” Miller said. “It was a big mob of people… pretty cool.”

The video was played for Northwestern’s School Board of Directors at the April meeting and at this past weekend’s “Weekend with the Arts.”

“It was a student-driven project. Its all about them – it should be theirs, and they should own it,” said sixth-grade language arts teacher and pride team leader Carla McKenna. “You really saw leaders emerge in the group.”

Note: A very special thank you to Kirk Mihalak for donating his time, resources and expertise to help edit the video. Thank you, Kirk!

Are you ready to see the video?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J6CS-gRBbA

 

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