From Preschool – 12th grade, our students are learning about and celebrating Native American Heritage Month. Here are a few examples:


In Ms. Faith’s Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten music classes, students learned songs in the language of the Mi’kmaq Tribe in Canada and learned a social dance called the “Cherokee Bear Dance” from musician Martha Redbone, who is part Cherokee, part African-American. She spent much of her childhood in the Black Mountain, Kentucky with her grandparents.

Ms. Dayton’s first graders are learning about groups of Native Americans from three parts of the United States: the Woodland, the Plains, and the Southwest. Students are comparing and contrasting their homes, what they wore, what they ate, and what they are known for.

Ms. Brock’s second graders are studying American tribes of the woodlands, plains, and the Inuit of Alaska. They also learned an authentic woodland hunting dance and are making Inuit laughing masks.

Fourth graders with Ms. Rash are participating in and studying drum circles. With Ms. Dewberry they were introduced to what a Land Acknowledgement is. Students found the name of the tribe that lived on the land where our School sits and presented their findings at morning meeting. Two fourth graders presented a Land Acknowledgement acknowledging that the land our school is on was once the home of the Kaskaskia people. Our School community thanked them for taking care of this beautiful land.

Ms. Holmes’ sixth grade students also have done research about what tribes were the original inhabitants of the land where our School is today.

In High School, Ms. Pecknold’s US History class is discussing westward expansion, which will include discussions of the Sand Creek Massacre and the Ghost Dance.