September 11th Tribute
Sun Valley Middle School remembered September 11th in a variety of ways this week. First, students watched a memorial tribute on the morning announcements and then some teachers shared their own memories with students.
Mrs. Guida, Dual-Language Immersion teacher, was a United Airlines flight attendant at the time and shared that she felt like she lost part of her family when United 93 crashed after the heroic intervention of crew and passengers.
Mrs. Krest, Drama teacher, had her students learn about the connection of September 11th to the Broadway show Come From Away which is based on the small town in Newfoundland that sheltered passengers from 38 planes that were diverted in the immediate aftermath of the attacks and then 7th grade drama students created a performance based on pieces of information about that day.
Mrs. Morrison, 8th grade English Language Arts teacher brought in a piece of the World Trade Center and then held a Socratic seminar based on readings the students did about September 11th.
On September 11th and 12th, Mrs. Kanagy's 8th grade Social Studies Classes discussed days in a generation that irrevocably change our perspective on the world around us. She told her story of 9/11, as well as remembering the Challenger Explosion. Students viewed 2 short videos about 9/11 from the perspective of the initial reporting of the event as well as a documentary excerpt featuring narration from Rudy Giuliani, who was Mayor of NYC at the time of the event. Mrs. Kanagy made sure to note the times the Twin Towers and the Pentagon was hit, when the Towers fell and when United 93 crashed in remembrance of the lives lost.
In discussing the day with her students, Mrs. Kanagy asked if they thought today's generation didn't appreciate how important 9/11 was and still is and Gabriella Condrick said that because she and her classmates weren't there and didn't see it in real life, it was just something that happened before they were born. Another student, Carson Greene, reported that there were positive things that came from the tragedy. She said "...everyone pulled together to donate blood, blankets and whatever was needed. Support for the military troops and first responders increased and patriotism was at an all time high. One key observation my mom made is that American flags were everywhere. The weeks after 9/11 people became nicer and supported each other more than they had in years".
Mrs. Kanagy recalled the words of George W. Bush - "Time is passing yet for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.”
While the day itself was a terrible day, the days following made us all proud to be Americans. We weren’t any of the labels that we put on people. We were all One. We were American. That is something that no terrorist act can ever destroy. #neverforget