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Piedmont graduate Becca O'Neill, sister of current Piedmont teacher and fellow alum Andy O'Neill was featured this week in a 7 minute documentary on the New York Times video page (Direct link at https://nyti.ms/2m3Bba5)
The video shows the tense work she is doing as an immigration attorney on behalf of a four month old baby, among others. If your student is interested in a career in law, they may find this Pirate's work fascinating.
Mr. O'Neill used the clip to help his current sixth graders understand diverse perspectives and also to let them see that they are the future Piedmont distinguished alum working to protect others through the law.
Here are a few clips from the viewing, including a student's astute comment and Mr. O'Neill's inspiring advice.
Nurse Gina Mallay and IB Spanish teacher Diana Lugo are two proud immigrants who are indispensable members of the Piedmont Middle School family. In recognition of #adaywithoutimmigrants, they created badges for teachers and students to wear today to raise awareness and honor immigrants to our country in a very IB way!
We salute them and all our immigrant students and families at Piedmont, nomatter if they came to America in 1617 or 2017.
This instagram photo was covered by a CNN ireport producer, he was so interested in Ms. Lugo and Ms. Mallay's idea
The Piedmont Student Council along with Ms. Beckham and Mr. Chandler hosted a Black History Month program today at Piedmont IB. The program featured spoken word poetry by Mr. Kyle Onuma, three songs from the Piedmont Black History Month Choir, a speech from Charlotte Civil Rights history icon and guest of honor Dorothy Counts Scoggins, step and inspiration from UNC Charlotte AKAs and Alphas, and adocumentary of the Leadership Class.
The first clip below is a video introduces the event and stops just as Ms. Counts Scoggins begins her speech. That part is cut off but included many inspiring as well as heartbreaking stories of her experience as a black high school student desegregating Charlotte schools. Ms Counts Scoggins heard adults instruct children to spit on her. She was ignored in class, shoved in the halls, & her food spit on at lunch. She made only one friend, or so she thought. Unfortunately, The next day that "friend" averted her eyes and turned away silently when she saw Dorothy coming toward her.
Piedmont Emcee introducing the UNCC AKA's and Alphas - video clip
Kyle Onuma Spoken Word Poet
Leadership Class Video
Apologies for the wrong orientation as I got used to Facebook Live. https://www.facebook.com/lisa.gurthie
Andra Day - 2016 ESPN Black History Month Special: Rise Up
Celebrating Piedmont : a blog of Happy Happenings
"Celebrating Piedmont" logs only a small fraction of the learning magic the teachers of CMS' Piedmont Middle School, an IB World School. create daily. In that sense, it is authored by all the staff and students of Piedmont. It is curated by Ms. Gurthie who can be reached at the icons above. She'll be happy to brag about Piedmont's teachers and students any chance she gets! Please note this blog has only just begun and we have so much to show off! Come back again soon!