In a recent conversation with 8th graders at the Hernández K-8 School, we were looking at the new logo for Muñiz Academy. The group included Emilio, Marfry, Ineliz, Cynthia, and Roshely. I asked the group to reflect on what they thought the logo represented to each of them. The conversation was amazing!
Initially, one student said it reminded him of quilts. Another student paused, then said it looked like something coming together, parts of a whole. Then one more chimed in with that “light-bulb” exclamation, “It means that all different people, different races are coming together as one!” Finally, the last student in the group weighed in, with quiet wisdom, “It means that no matter what kind of person you are, no matter how different you are, at MMA, you belong.” The group had an excited affirmation of these thoughts, buzzing with new ideas and interpretations about themes of community, collaboration, and diversity, exactly the vision we hope to fulfill!
Rapid fire questions ensued about the Margarita Muñiz Academy. These students, as many others across Boston, are already thinking about their future high school experience. We talked about what high school means to them and what they are looking for in a new school. Some strong themes emerged. They want to be engaged in shaping the school culture. They want to be challenged. They want to feel safe. Sports! Arts! New Friends!
What’s most important to you in a high school experience? As a student? As a parent or caregiver? Let us know!