Fabius-Pompey Middle School-High School
Every person involved in the school community hopes that each child’s school experience is a positive one. We hope for students to find good relationships with peers, teachers and everyone else involved in the educational process. We also hope they make strong connections with the school through clubs, the arts, sports, students’ academic classes, etc. While there are never guarantees in life that this will happen, we look to put our children/students in the best possible place for these successes to occur. One of the things that will help predict success for students is the climate and culture of the school, as well as the student’s sense of belonging.
A school’s climate and culture are an integral part of any student’s success. If students feel safe, secure, confident and connected, they are much more likely to find success. They are better able to focus more on their studies, and they are better able to work hard to reach their goals.
One of the ways we are working toward building a strong positive culture, and a strong community for learning, is through bringing Rachel’s Challenge to Fabius-Pompey.
Rachel’s Challenge is based upon the life of Rachel Joy Scott, a life that was tragically cut short. During her short 17 years of life, Rachel repeatedly showed kindness and compassion to others and aspired to change the world in an impactful way. She wrote an essay in high school called “My Ethics, My Codes of Life”, and within it detailed how she hoped to start a chain reaction of kindness that would ultimately change the world. In her essay, Rachel stated that, “Compassion is the greatest form of love that humans have to offer” as well as, “People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”
As a school community, we were very fortunate to have Rachel’s Challenge presented to our students, faculty and staff on March 23. The message that was presented was important for everyone to hear. I am hopeful that through listening to the messages that Rachel Scott left behind, and engaging in the program her life inspired (Rachel’s Challenge), our students will see and feel an ever improving school culture here at Fabius-Pompey.