Each Friday afternoon, the school community comes together for assembly time. Students sit with their Book Buddies so older students can help younger children learn to be attentive and respectful audience members. Enthusiasm is welcome too!
Each assembly takes on its own flavor. Classes might share research reports, science experiments, artwork, poetry, or music. Often the entire school sings together, and everyone who shares a birth month gets to hear “Happy Birthday” sung to them in English and Spanish when their month rolls around.
Presenting in this setting helps students learn to feel comfortable sharing in front of a group. Standing in front of a warm, accepting audience of friendly faces with your classmates by your side is the best introduction to public speaking.
During some assemblies, everyone is treated to presentations from those outside of our school community. So far this fall, the NBS audience has enjoyed traditional Honduran dances by Flor de La Caña — our Spanish teacher Karina is a member of this fabulous dance troupe — and last Friday, students heard from local author and physician, Martin Katz. Dr. Katz shared some fun facts from his book, Making a Magnificent You, about the importance of fruits and vegetables for everybody’s body.