Oak-Land teachers tell students, “You matter”

January 30, 2018
girl holding note from teacher

Oak-Land Middle School students returned to school from a long weekend to find personal notes from their teachers posted in their lockers. The handwritten notes provided words of encouragement, affirmation, and celebration of the things that make each student unique. Teachers wrote a unique message on each, and signed the notes with the words, “You matter.”

“It was really fun to stop and reflect on each student personally, and write them a note to share what I appreciate about them,” said Stephanie Pereboom, Spanish teacher. “It took some time, but it will be worth it to see the looks on their faces when they open their lockers.”

Pereboom and her colleagues each wrote about thirty personal notes to students in their advisory classes. The notes, which we accompanied by a letter from the principals and grade-level teams, were part of the schools “The Oak-Land Way” program, which encourage students to:

  • Be kind to all, especially to yourself

  • Commit to your growth as a balanced individual

  • Pursue your passions and interests

  • Accept who you are and accept others for who they are, too

  • Have fun and laugh often

"A week ago students received their semester one grades, providing feedback on their academic progress,” said Principal Andy Fields. “Our staff feels it is equally important to provide positive feedback regarding who students are as people and their unquestionable value to our school community.  We believe in our students and want each child to know they matter."

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