Scoggins Middle School hosted its first-ever #ScogginsStrong Girls Summit for eighth grade girls on September 24.
The goal of the event was to empower and support SMS eighth grade girls so that they may learn leadership skills and create norms for how they will treat each other – and other students – this school year, according to Scoggins Principal Barb Warner.
Warner noted that in past years, students have attended similar programs out-of-town, but that this was an opportunity to serve more girls and utilize Frisco ISD resources.
“We know how hard the eighth grade year can be!" Warner said. "We have taken our young ladies to some other empowerment conferences the last couple of years, but these were usually offered in the spring. We realized that we wanted to catch our girls earlier in the year to help them learn these important skills so that they could be supportive of one another and experience a successful eighth grade year before moving on to high school."
So the school got to work, organizing volunteers and sponsors so that they could offer the opportunity to more Scoggins students.
The event began with breakfast and a keynote address from Patrice Dunn, former FISD parent support coordinator, who is also a counselor and motivational speaker.
The event offered the girls a chance to break into small groups in sessions such as Social Media and Digital Responsibility, Brain Research and "Settling Your Glitter" and Team-Building and Norm Creation.
After a lunch break, the girls heard from longtime Frisco resident and volunteer Rev. Judith Reedy and a young woman named Memar Ivy, who is originally from Ethiopia and now lives in the U.S. with adoptive parents. It was a chance for the girls to hear from other women about putting their skills to use in the coming year and the importance of treating each other with respect, even in times of difficulty.
FISD staff members such as Teacher Eva Coleman from the CTE Center and Student Assistance Coordinators Beth Hemby and Patti Wilson participated in moderating the event and breakout sessions.
In addition to Scoggins staff, members and community volunteers, Warner was pleased to see former Seahawk young ladies who are now in high school attend and provide advice to eighth grade students.