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Howard Street Charter School is a small middle school serving 162 students grades 6-8 throughout the Salem-Keizer area.
Our Curriculum is based on the 3Es: Einstein (science, technology, engineering and math), Ellington (the fine and performing arts) and Esperanza (the Humanities and Spanish).
We stress proficiency, performance and project-based learning at all levels.
An Introduction to.....
Poetry by 2008-09 7th graders
After reading Billy Collins' poem "Introduction to Poetry", 7th grade students attempted to write their own introduction to something they are passionate about. They wrote and shared the writing process together and the following poems are the fine result.
All art work is also created by students at Howard Street.
Introduction to Dance - by Ashley
I ask them to Dance
With all their hearts and souls
No matter how hard
A quick spin or a big leap
A graceful turn
Or a wide split
Dance with all of your hearts
And all of your souls
Dance with life
Dance for life
Dance though life
The life you dance to is your audience
The aspiring dancers,
And the dancers that have inspired
A ballet begins with a quick turn,
And ends with a slow bow.
Introduction to Change - Ariana
I ask my friends to look around them,
Admire the world that is always
Like the seasons;
From green spring
To hot and hazy summer
Or multicolored fall, with its
Leaves in deep gold, orange, and red
And cold winter,
With its snowflakes
Glistening in the sunlight like
Now take a look at
Night and day,
Two completely different things
That inhabit the same galaxy
One brings light,
One brings dark.
But don't forget us,
Do we not bring change?
Simply look around you.
George Washington, Isabella of Spain,
Albert Einstein, Esperanto, Ben Franklin;
I ask you to look around you
At our world that is ever changing.
INTRODUCTION TO BOOKS - by KIARA
Books are good friends.
They give you good advice.
They are portable, trustworthy, and lovable, too.
Filled with pages and pages of cheer, sadness, anger, and light,
readers' emotions are activated,
and laughs, snorts, tears, or head cocks come out.
You find yourself reading aloud,
smiling, gritting your teeth, or sobbing.
Adventure roams in the remaining pages of the book
then all of a sudden jump out at you
as you resume reading.
Cliffhangers keep you from sleeping,
you grab your flashlight and the book,
and plunge deep into the story.
For some books, unfortunately, they get tossed and battered.
And very few understand how wonderful and important books are.