What’s happening at Kraxberger?

Kraxberger teaches kindness
All sixth graders participated in an Above Between Below assembly. The educational theater program invites students to identify their personal values and explore ways to put them in practice both in person and online. The workshop allows students to build skills in conflict resolution, self-management, and empathy for those with different perspectives. It also includes social media topics such as identity, privacy, and how to contribute to a healthy online community.

Tuba player wins regional honor
Braedon Akers, an eighth grader at Kraxberger Middle School, was chosen for the Oregon All State Honor Band. He will play tuba in a band composed of the best middle school students from across the state. He will perform at the 2019 Oregon Music Educator Conference in Portland.

Kraxberger art students inspired by field trip
The eighth Grade Advanced Art class from Kraxberger Middle School visited the Portland Art Museum on November 16 for a docent-guided tour. The focus of the tour was “identity” and students viewed several artworks, including a painting and sculpture by Kehinde Wiley, the artist who painted then-President Obama’s official portrait.

“After the art museum, we walked in and out of several Portland art galleries, viewing the works of contemporary artists,” said art teacher Audrey Delgado. “We ended the day with a tour at Lan Su Chinese Gardens, where they had a display of more than 75 chrysanthemum varieties and as well as the Ninth Moon Floral Design Showcase. We learned a bit about the garden’s history, design, and artworks.”

Grant to fund book club at Kraxberger Middle School
A $1,000 grant from First Book will provide sets of novels for a new book club at Kraxberger Middle School. The volunteer-led group will discuss award-winning young adult novels. Students who participate will get to keep the books for their personal collection. The book club is one of many new options the school is offering throughout the year. The clubs have the goal of connecting students with a positive peer group and an adult mentor while they build new skills and explore personal passions.

Club brightens days for seniors
Students from Kraxberger Middle School’s new Community Outreach Club are on a mission to brighten the lives of seniors at the Somerset Lodge. Led by teacher Audrey Delgado, they have begun making weekly visits to the retirement community, within walking distance of their school

“It was so awesome to see our kiddos interact with our new friends at Somerset Lodge,” said volunteer Allison Maddox. “Our students greeted the elders with handshakes and hugs and cheered each other on in a fun game of ‘baseball.’ Our hour with them almost didn’t seem long enough because everyone was having such a great time. I know that the Somerset Sluggers won’t forget the time they beat a bunch of middle schoolers 18 to 2. We can’t wait to see them again!”

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