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Spreading Positivity at Jefferson Academic Center

ESBOCES Middle School Students Participate in School-wide Reading Assignment

 JAC Student and Teacher with copies of The Positive Dog

Throughout the month of October, ESBOCES Jefferson Academic Center (JAC) participated in a school-wide character-building activity. Each morning in homeroom, all students read the same pages of The Positive Dog by Jon Gordon. Students also participated in positive group activities on Fridays.

For the kick-off event on Friday, October 1, each cohort set up stations that included bracelet and bookmark making using positive words, creating morale boosting memes, and Giant Jenga and Cornhole games for team building.  Other activities throughout the month included writing thank you letters, positive pledge classroom day, and positive poster day.

JAC Students play Giant JengaJAC Teacher plays Cornhole

The Positive Dog reveals the benefits of being positive and how it helps everyone around you. The book was chosen by JAC Principal Holly Iuliucci to provide inspiration and an action plan to nourish students and staff with positivity. “After dealing with the changes COVID created during last year’s school year, this initiative was an important step in bringing everyone back together within the school,” said JAC ELA Teacher Gary Martin.

Jefferson Academic Center strives to provide an academic and social environment conducive to meeting the needs of our diverse population of middle school-aged children. Through positive behavioral supports, a culture of acceptance and tolerance, and the infrastructure of social skills development, students are able to achieve academic goals to become productive members of society and lifelong learners.