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There is always something going on at the School for Community Learning! Read the latest news updates and stories about what’s happening at the school.

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June 4, 2020

Our Commitment to Social Justice and Anti-Racist Education

The strength and the pain of the protests this summer have changed our world. The systems that have marginalized, oppressed, terrified and killed Black people in this country for 400 years become harder and harder for those with power and privilege to either ignore or protect (or both). Our vision for SCL has always been to create a place where people can come together across difference, to share our time, talents and treasures, to be a force in actively dismantling the false narratives and histories so widely spread as “truth” in this country. In the coming weeks, months, and years, we will continue to galvanize this foundation and dig even deeper as we work with all of you towards creating a world where everyone can feel safe, heard and valued.

The teachers and staff at School for Community Learning actively join and stand in solidarity with our fellow citizens seeking equity, safety, and justice for all people. The tenets of dismantling systemic oppression are the backbone of our mission and vision as a school. As people who care for our country, we understand that we cannot continue as a nation to ignore the unresolved wounds caused by our 600-year history of oppression and violence toward people of color, LGBTQ citizens, people with disabilities, religious communities, women, and those threatened by poverty. We understand that the systems and assumptions of “who is valuable” are put in place while children are young and have been supported by the schools and educational institutions they attend. We are committed to educating through ongoing dialogue with our students about our history, the joys of liberation for all, and our interconnection as neighbors, communities, and as a nation.  We teach students how to take action on issues that matter to them and to our world.  We support students in their roles as friends, citizens, and leaders in the ongoing struggle for equitable access to resources and opportunity, environmental health, justice, and safety. We recognize that, in order to teach through these lenses, we must face our own personal biases, beliefs, and stereotypes as well as understand the systems of oppression that shape our country.

Our core beliefs include:

  • We strive to end, in our school, the statistically predictive barriers that race, class, gender and special capacities have on student success and engagement.
  •  We teach through a lens of interconnectedness, helping our students know themselves, others, and the world around them.
  •  We recognize and honor the diverse histories and experiences of our students, their families and the broader school community.
  •  We value kindness, honesty and trustworthiness as crucial building blocks of character.

 

If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.

– Lilla Watson

 

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April 17, 2020

SCL Continuous Learning Plan

COVID-19 RESPONSE: In accordance with state mandate, SCL’s building is closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year and students are engaged in e-learning. Click on the link below to learn how we are meeting our students’ academic needs, and supporting our families, during these unprecendented times.

SCL Continuous Learning Plan

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January 8, 2020

SCL Students Attend Renewable Energy Day at Indiana Statehouse

  

    

The SCL Middle School showed their support for renewable energy policy when they visited the Statehouse today. Students had the opportunity to meet with Senator Greg Taylor, State Representative Greg Porter, and congressional candidiate Jennifer Christie. Thank you to these leaders for connecting with our young people to learn about their concerns for our future!

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November 26, 2019

SCL Online Auction - Now through Dec. 2nd

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October 28, 2019

SCL Students Build Permaculture Garden

As a sustainability-based school, we are teaching our students to grow food and attract pollinators. Thank you to Ellie Blaine, Kevin Allison and Jen Spinosa for helping us plant our garden this fall!

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January 28, 2019

SCL Awarded Highest Certification in Indianapolis' Thriving Schools Challenge

SCL is one of just a few Indianapolis schools to be awarded the City’s Thriving Schools Master’s Level Certification! We are honored to be a part of this vitally important program. This Certification recognizes that we have multiple green initiatives going on at our school. We also received a Thriving Schools Challenge grant to support our efforts.

The Thriving Schools Challenge focuses on early education on sustainability and engaging children and young adults around important topics like environmental stewardship, social responsibility, waste reduction, and conservation of resources.

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November 26, 2018

Thanksgiving Meal

On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, students, parents and teachers worked together to prepare, serve and eat a feast. When asked what she was thankful for, one of our third graders replied “thank you for this school and everyone in it because I know that everyone cares about me”. It doesn’t get much better than that!

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October 1, 2018

Thank you St. Paul's Episcopal Church!

We extend a huge thank you to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for their generous donation of new Chromebooks for our students at the beginning of the school year. We are incredibly grateful!

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May 1, 2018

Eco Science Fair is a Rousing Success for SCL

SCL had a great showing at the Eco Science Fair at the Indiana State Museum. Here are just a few scenes and award winners from the Fair. A number of students represented the school and a couple projects were winners, as Marcela Rosales-Harms won the 5th-8th Grade age group and Riley Laucevicius won the Subaru Prize.

Congrats to all our competitors!

 

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May 1, 2018

SCL Robotics Club Finishes Year with Top Six Finish at National Competition

The Robotics Club’s 2017-18 Robotics season has ended on a very high note! Not only did they place 1st for the second consecutive year in the Bloomington Robotics Club tournament (4 perfect scores in 4 competitions), but they placed either 5th or 6th out of 50 teams who competed in the tournament.

Great job Kaylee, Reuben, Maya, and Devlin!

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