Staunton City

History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust

Categories: Staunton City | 2017

Students at Robert E. Lee High School take part in a unique opportunity to be “citizen historians” with history teacher and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) Teacher Fellow Jennifer Goss. As members of the USHMM initiative “History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust”, students engage with history while contributing research to a national institution. Students learn about history by experiencing it through the eyes of Staunton residents during the Holocaust era. They discover more than books can teach them and make relevant connections to community and personal current events. The students’ research helps the Museum and scholars answer the question, “What did Americans know about the events of the Holocaust as they were unfolding?” This project enriches student learning related to this time period and allows them to see how their own community functioned during the past. Students have contributed over two dozen articles to the national database.

Contact

Jennifer Goss
History Teacher and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Teacher Fellow
jgoss@staunton.k12.va.us
(540) 332-3926


Stand By Me Community Mentoring Program

Categories: Staunton City | 2017

The Stand By Me Community Mentoring Program provides Staunton students with one-on-one (with local schools) and group mentoring opportunities (with other partners). Responsible adults help guide their mentee through the transition from middle to high school and from high school to college or employment. Mentors also provide support in improving school success or exploring future career opportunities. Stand By Me is different from most mentoring programs because we form partnerships with community organizations to ensure our mentoring relationships succeed. One student in particular, who participated in our Staunton Makerspace “Hands-On” program, spent time with his mentor building a flyable model airplane and learning about aeronautics. He expanded on this experience by attending a flight session at Blue Ridge Aviation and enrolling in a mechanics course at Valley Career and Technical Center. We’ve seen the same development in all our mentoring relationships over the past year, each with their own story.

Contact

Dr. Michael Ormsmith
Instructional Supervisor
mormsmit@staunton.k12.va.us
5403323920