Monday, December 20, 2021

Photos from December 17, 2021 Workshop

Click here for photos from our 3-school workshop at the NLHS Multi-Magnet Campus on December 17, 2021.

Photo of 2021-2022 Group

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Regional Workshop December 17, 2021

More Than Words

December 17, 2021

New London High School STEM Lecture Hall

7:45 Groton STA bus picks up Fitch High students 

8:00 Groton STA bus picks up Ledyard High students

8:30 Arrive at New London High STEM Program Lecture Hall

8:45 Icebreakers:

  • Movement Games
  • Name Games
  • Group challenge

9:30 Issues Forum :

  • In small groups, identify the three top issues that are facing our schools this fall
  • Large group report out of top issues
  • Small group – pick one issue that is most important and propose a solution
  • Large group report out

10:30  Listening exercise- small group with large group report out:

  • Think a person you admire as a great listener; what qualities do they show that makes you think he or she is such a good listener
  • Think of a person who you suspect does not listen well, what qualities or actions do they show that makes you think they are not listening?
  • Report out as small group to the large group

11:00  Leadership Skills:

  • Think of an effective leader, what qualities does he or she possess? What qualities do you think you need to improve or learn to be an effective student leader?
  • Small group talk --> report to full group

11:30 Lunch

12:00 Group challenge

  • Toothpicks and marshmallows
  • What Mike Graner noticed as groups

12:10 – Fish Bowl

  • Cell phone usage in school – personal privacy vs school security
  • Oxford Michigan school shooting – student responsibility?
  • How can a group like More Than Words make a diffierence?

1:15 Bus departs New London High

1:45 Drop off Ledyard High students

2:15 Drop off Ledyard Fitch students

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

First Post-Covid All-School In-Person Workshop!

After a year and a half we are back to live meetings. Our first workshop this year is a trust-building workshop at Camp Hazen.

October 22, 2021

Camp Hazen, Chester CT

7:45 - Groton STA picks up Fitch students 

8:00 - Groton STA picks up Ledyard students 

8:15 - Groton STA picks up New London students 

9:00 - Arrive at Camp Hazen and begin trust-building activities

10:00 - Program Intro and Intro of Superintendents

10:30 - More trust-building activities

11:30 - Lunch

12:00 - Program orientation/goals for the year

12:45 - Depart 

1:30 - Drop off at NL

1:45 - Drop off at Ledyard

2:00 - Drop off at Fitch

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Regional Meeting Minutes December 2, 2020

 12/2/20 MTW 1st Regional Meeting

(Meeting Notes taken by Essoha K)


  • Group Ice Breaker
  • Breakout Room Discussions

Topics for Discussion:

  • Group Ice Breaker
    • Opinion Continuum
  • Breakout Room Discussions
    • Name, grade/school, why are you here today, and how has the pandemic changed this fall for you (holidays, school, personal, etc)?
      • The majority of the MTW members were at the meeting to express their opinions and potential solutions to issues surrounding their communities. 
      • The majority of the MTW members agreed that the pandemic hindered their high school experience and prevented them from interacting with friends/loved ones this fall. 
    • Consider what school and life are like right now.  
      • The majority of the MTW members admit that even with the technology, it has become harder to keep up with the workload and to understand the content need to complete the assignments.
      • The majority of the MTW members indicated that their lives are completely different as compared with their lives before the pandemic. This is due to their outlook that their homes have become a secondary workplace and the lack of communication/connections they have with their loved ones. 
    • What do you want administration/teachers to know about what it means to be a student right now? 
      • The majority of the MTW members wanted the administration/teachers to understand that the way of life has changed from what it was a year ago. Right now, life is very difficult, and many students (especially the full-time home students) are still not accustomed to the return school year. The MTW members unanimously acknowledged that the school system is not adhering to the students’ needs in a way it is benefiting them. Most students are way too stressed and are not learning as much as they could be.

    • How do we build a community and make a change when it is so difficult to meet as clubs, activities, and sports teams right now? 
      • The majority of the MTW members recognized that students along with administrators/teachers can use platforms such as social media or even Zoom to connect with others within the school and the community. That engagement with others, listening to concerns, and communicating with one another is vital to help everyone cope with this pandemic. 

Today’s Activity: 

  • Opinion Continuum

    • Questions
      • Is TikTok better than Snapchat?
      • Is Flight the best superpower?
      • I want snow this winter?
      • Is ham better than turkey on Thanksgiving?

    • Hand Gestures/Ranking
      • Very High - Strongly Agree
      • Medium - Agree
      • Low - Disagree
      • No Hands - Strongly Disagree

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Workshop Agenda October 25, 2019

More Than Words Workshop
Oct. 25, 2019
New London Science and Tech High School

7:45 Groton STA bus picks up Fitch High students
8:00 Groton STA bus picks up Ledyard High student
8:15 Students arrive at New London Sci. and & Tech High
8:30 Icebreakers
-Movement games
-Name games
-Group challenge:
9:00 MLK speeches
9:15 Review of last year
9:40 Privilege Walk -→ small groups: what does the walk illustrate? How does privilege
impact the school you attend? How does SES impact you, your school and your
10:00 Intro vision for 2019-20 program: how do we support the consolidation of two middle
Schools in Groton? → Small groups: wat are the initial obstacles? How do we achieve
true integration of bot student bodies into one.
11:30 Lunch
12:00 Opinion Continuum:
-Government repose to vaping is a total overreaction
-Drug companies have been unfairly blamed for the opioid crisis
-CT efforts to legalize marijuana would be good because it would
decriminalize a harmless behavior.
12:30 Fish Bowl: high school do not have a legitimate voice in their schools.
1:10 Bus departs NL Sci. & Tech HS
1:45 Drop of Ledyard High students
2:00 Drop of Fitch High Students

Monday, May 27, 2019

Workshop Agenda May 30, 2019

More Than Words

May 30, 2019

New London Sci & Tech Magnet H.S.

7:45     Groton STA bus picks up Fitch High students

8:00     Groton STA bus picks up Ledyard High student

8:15     Students arrive at New London Sci and & Tech High

8:20     Icebreakers

9:00     Reflection on the year's activities:

·      Amistad trip

·      West Side workshop

·      School programs report out

10:00   Rules for dialogue

10:10   How to respond to hate language or inappropriate remarks from students, staff and


11:30   Lunch

12:00   One book/One region

12:15   Senior reflections

12:30   Plans for next year- identify community needs

1:10     Bus departs NL Sci & Tech HS

1:45     Drop of Ledyard High students

2:00     Drop of Fitch High Students