It isn’t only Lynden teachers learning a new way to engage students during virtual and hybrid learning models. Students have joined the fray too. At Lynden Middle School, the ASB team has gotten creative, holding virtual assemblies and offering up daily announcements.
It all comes with the purpose to “help keep Lion Pride alive,” says principal Molly Mitchell-Mumma.
“Our ASB officers and student leaders have been determined to keep our traditions alive during this pandemic,” says LHS assistant principal Cyndi Selcho. “It’s important for our students to maintain connection to their school and recognize they are a community.”
Selcho says the ASB officers of Finley Freeman, Maddy Kok, Caleb Rus, Molly Gerecke and Alexa VanderPol have had to think differently to promote school spirit and community involvement during the pandemic. The ASB team all agreed it was important to still host the annual LMS Food Drive supporting Project Hope, Lynden’s food bank.
“Students came together even though we weren’t in the building to help our community,” Selcho says.
The ASB team strives to create connections, knowing that a connected student is more likely to attend more regularly and achieve higher levels of academic success. The virtual assemblies, where all students get invited to participate, include organizing fun challenges, edited together into an entertaining video with the help of Robert Kratzig, LMS dean of students.
“These virtual assemblies help remind our students that school is more than a building,” Selcho says. “It is a community of learners who can still have fun and help our community even though we can’t all be together.”