FRAMINGHAM – As a way to culminate their experience at the Christa McAuliffe Charter School, scholars are asked to present to a panel that includes fellow students, teachers, school board members, and members of the community. Through these Passages Presentations, they show their progress as a scholar over the course of studies at McAuliffe and provide evidence of their growth.
An essential part of McAuliffe’s approach to behavior and academics are the Habits of Work and Learning (HOWLs) – collaboration, inquiry, perseverance, responsibility, and kindness. Scholars are asked to select one of the HOWLs in which they grew the most and incorporate that into the presentation.
Executive Director Frank Tipton remarked that “in a traumatic year, our scholars amply demonstrated the value of Habits of Work and Learning. These habits will carry them forward to high school and beyond.”
This year, the presentations happened via Zoom. Each scholar reflects on their time at McAuliffe, and shares why they believe they are ready for high school.
Community members who joined the panels this year include Representative Carolyn Dykema, Representative Carmine Gentile, District 3 City Councilor Adam Steiner, District 3 School Committee Member Scott Wadland, District 2 School Committee Member Rick Finlay, and District 4 School Committee member Adam Freudberg.
Community members have expressed excitement following the presentations they have been a part of, remarking how mature McAuliffe scholars are. These presentations also allow community members to come away with a great understanding of McAuliffe’s focus on the importance of scholars owning their own learning.
“I just wanted to pass on how well this batch of Passages Presentations were this year. Each scholar that I watched showed so clearly that they are well prepared for high school. I love watching these presentations, and I wish I didn’t have to wait a year to see more,” said Bob Berman, Chair of the McAuliffe Board. “It amazes me that these kids learned so much during the most difficult circumstances that we have faced in generations. It is a tribute to the school and an amazing staff.”