Brave Up

#BraveUp – Indian Hill Middle School halts class for a day of unique learning
Posted on 11/07/2018
IHMS Brave Up Day 2018

What does it really mean to be Brave?

That was the question counselors, teachers, administrators, and guest speakers asked Thursday, November 1, to help Indian Hill Middle School (IHMS) seventh-grade students answer on #BraveUp Day. They ditched desks to explore who they are and how their individual story connects to the stories of their classmates.


“Pride, Leadership, and Excellence – these are the pillars of Indian Hill Middle School, and they formed the basis of our learning for this day,” said IHMS Principal Jennifer Ulland. “This was a powerful opportunity for students to learn more about themselves and their classmates, as well as what it means to be a Brave.”


The day began in the IHMS gym where students formed groups and collaborated through games and activities, and transitioned into a motivational experience with a presentation by  speaker Nick Jackson. Students divided into smaller groups and attended sessions on mindfulness, empathy for others, and growth mindset. After a PTO-provided lunch, students divided into male and female groups to talk about Brave women and Brave men in today's society, and learned about the qualities of a leader.


“This was a significant experience for both our students and our teachers who were enthusiastic about the message and goals for the day,” said Ulland. “Our teachers generously sponsored the speakers through the Indian Hill Educators Professional Organization (IHEPO). That is how important it is to our entire team to create a culture where we appreciate each other; we truly are better together.” 


Photo caption: Indian Hill Middle School students kicked off the #BraveUp learning day with collaborative games inside the gym Thursday, November 1.