“SOLD”, read on top of the sign that used to read “FOR SALE,” I vividly remember the day when I came home from another day at school and I hesitantly read the sign planted in the ground outside of my house. And from that point on I knew that my life was about to change, and I was going to have to change with it, for the better or for the worst. Thinking to myself I thought, “Everything and everyone that I have ever known from the 3rd grade up until the end of my sophomore year in high school is disappearing,” and I knew it was all turning into something that no longer had meaning where I was going. I felt like I was empty, abandoned, and lonely, as if I was a young child inside a Walmart and I had lost my parent.
I overcome the adversity of being expelled from school by changing my view and attitude towards different situations. The experience gave me the time and opportunity to reevaluate what I wanted out of life and how I was going to get it. During my time at the behavioral school I could have played into the other children’s negative behavior, but I took this as a major sign in my life. I realized if I continued to follow the path of the people around me I would not accomplish my goals. It was a wake up call to myself
Through high school my grades weren’t the best. I enjoyed challenging classes, but they were a lot of work. Between the work load and problems at home, I didn’t keep up well. By spring of my senior year I realized my hopes of leaving the small town I lived in weren’t going to happen. A friend who worked at the local community college contacted me about attending classes in the fall.
When I was young my family and I lived in Spokane Washington. I have lived my entire life in Spokane, Washington up until now, I spent 10 years there and it was a pretty amazing experience before moving to California. In Spokane there is a lot of snow during the winter, it would get very cold! Sometimes it would go into the negative degrees.
Routine A disturbance in a Tuesday morning routine was a change of a lifetime: my brief car-ride nap was interrupted by a crash, then, the jarring of the ambulance. It was an unexpected awakening. Sixth grade social studies and spelling tests had to be put aside, as the rest of my day would be filled with the beeps of machines and chatter of scrub-clad trauma nurses. Suddenly, my mind was back in my body - and my first conscious words were my complaints of the uncomfortable neck brace, followed by my request to remove it.
In my life, I’ve switched five different schools. One of these processes was challenging to fit in. In the year twenty fourteen I switched schools from Roberts Ferry to Hickman Elementary School. I came up to school that morning. It looked a little scary and intimidating.
Truth and Reconciliation For more than a century, Indian Residential Schools separated over 150,000 Aboriginal children from their families and communities. In the 1870 's, the federal government, partly in order to meet its obligation to educate Aboriginal children, began to play a role in the development and administration of these schools. Residential Schools were run by the church and funded by the government; the students were taught English while also being forced to learn Christian customs. First Nations children were taken away from their families if their parents refused to send them.
The film takes place in Alexandria, Virginia. Where racial tensions are high and one high school is forced to integrate through all the madness. T.C Williams is the new school with the football team being the main focus. The football team has not only players but also coaches as well who are black and white and must come together. Their willingness to come together will not only help them succeed on the field but also in the community.
Historically schools have been seen as a safe place for students to learn both academically and socially. An environment designed to prepare children to one day enter the world with the skills necessary to participate in their community. Since the Columbine High School shooting in 1999, the safety of American schools has become increasingly compromised due to violence and inspired much public discourse on school safety. Parents and the greater community have an expectation that children will be safe at school and that school districts and agencies will work together to prevent and respond adequately to school violence. Schools that are proactive and intentionally foster organizational trust within their leadership teams could have better outcomes especially during times of crisis.
Throughout my last two years of high school, I constantly struggled to determine my college and career goals. I always knew that I intended to obtain a career that involved service to others and my community, yet I could never envision a career that captivated my interest. My high school education and applying to college were never crucial concerns to me during the time. During the summer of sophomore year, leading into my junior year, my father had passed away unexpectedly, leaving my mother to raise me and my two younger brothers on her own. Since I am the eldest of my family, I gained more responsibility for my brothers.