Throughout the evening before and early Thursday morning I received a variety of questions through a couple of Facebook pages and tweet accounts I operate for school business regarding how to get to Southmoore with roads being closed. The only way that anyone would be able to get to Southmoore would be to find some eastern or western route to get south of the school and then to travel north on Santa Fe.
|Southmoore is a ALIVE and WELL|
|Faculty meeting in Southmoore media center|
Due to the small number of students who had come by my room I was totally caught off guard by how many students had already begun circling around the commons for this prayer circle. Teachers, staff, and parents began coming out of the hallways to join them. Due to the size of the space and the vast quantity of people, the student who had been selected to lead the large public prayer opted to return to the office so as to speak over the intercom. It truly was a moment about community spirit!
Since most of the students were now downstairs and in the commons, that is where I remained for the rest of the "open house" time. I stood near a central table so that student had a centralized location for turning in textbooks even if they couldn't find their specific teacher. "Don't worry, we'll get it checked in for you". Also, as I saw students from my specific classes I let them know that today I had a policy of "Everyone Gets a Hug", a it seemed like they all wanted one too. You could tell that their spirits were so shaken by the events earlier in the week that this ability to see friends and teachers along with hugs and other expressions of encouragement were exactly what they needed. And I have to admit that I needed it too. Afterall, during the chaos of Monday I was only with one group of my students. Today allowed me to visually see nearly all of my students so as to truly know that they were safe.
|Kari, Marrisa, Lyndsey, Sarah, Mr. Burton, Hunter, & Michaela|
|Griffin, Daniel, Nhi, Sungwon, Bao, Mr. Burton, Peter,|
Lynn, Monica, Sang, Bryan, Maddie, & Anco