Brighton Academy Students Focus on the Good

     Published on 1/27/21   Tagged under:    District News    Brighton Academy   

Students at Brighton Academy have been spreading good news – virtually – thanks to the Weekly Wolfpack Roundup, a student-led broadcast.
Created to share positivity during these challenging times, the show is being written, recorded and edited by a group of dedicated eighth graders who have an interest in journalism, writing and editing. The school hopes to expand the opportunity to other grades in the future, which would allow an apprenticeship type setup where older students can help share their knowledge with younger students.
“Brighton Academy Weekly Roundup was created to provide opportunities for students to gain some real-life skills in presenting and editing skills, but also to create a way connect the school community,” ENL teacher Tina Schwartzmeyer explained. “We thought about everything the students were losing [through remote and hybrid learning] and thought this would be a great idea to bring something new, fun and exciting not only into the lives of those involved, but also to the whole school to create a sense of community even while we're all apart.”
Stories so far have covered the presidential election, including how voting works, the electoral college and results; COVID-19, including local cases, precautions and the vaccine; and fun, uplifting news stories from around the world. Episodes also feature staff interviews and announce the weekly nominations for Wolf of the Week students, who exemplify the school Habits of Work and Learning (HOWLs): perseverance, respect, integrity, dedication and excellence.
“I wanted to be a part of the news show so that students and teachers could get to know me on camera,” Brighton Academy student Promise Richards-Jones said. “I have been a big help in making the news stories for the weeks by editing and coming up with questions for the teacher interviews, also I find news articles for the show. I think this news show is important for hybrid and remote students that aren't very sure what's going on within the school!”
Promise said her peers have enjoyed seeing the bloopers at the end of the show, and enjoy celebrating the Wolf of the Week nomination on the “big screen.” Classmate Kiara Dorsey said she is using the opportunity as career preparation.
“I wanted to take part in the news show because I want to be an actress when I grow up, so the news is like practice for me,” Kiara explained. “I help find stories and fix the script to make sure that the wording sounds like us. My favorite experience is the interviews – meeting teachers that I didn't know is cool, and learning new things about them. The school news show is important right now because during the pandemic, it updates people about what’s going on and makes people laugh!” 
What a great way to keep students and staff connected during these challenging times. Keep up the great work, Brighton Academy scholars!