On Thursday, Jan. 28, Jarvis Middle School students began their day with an assembly to remember the school’s namesake, Gregory B. Jarvis. Mr. Jarvis (Mohawk CSD ’62) tragically died in the 1986 Challenger space shuttle explosion.
“This was the 30th anniversary of the Challenger disaster. We knew we wanted to mark the day, but we didn’t want it to be depressing,” said principal Melissa Hoskey.
Instead, the program focused on Mr. Jarvis’ many accomplishments and the example he set for students to follow.
In her remarks to the classes, Mrs. Hoskey said the presentation was designed, “to inspire each of you to carry his passion for exploration, education, and learning forward into our own futures.”
The National Junior Honor Society officers and advisor Shannon Buttacaroli shared their prepared remarks and two videos. They told Mr. Jarvis’ story from his time in Mohawk through college, a career in aerospace, and his tragic death. The key message throughout was that like Mr. Jarvis, these middle schoolers are capable of great things. (Learn more about Mr. Jarvis by reading the presentation.)
A highlight for students was a photo montage (created by guidance secretary Amy Murphy and instruction technology coordinator Frank McGrath) of staff holding encouraging signs alternating with paper stars on which students wrote a personal life goal. Watch the video below:
Students to explore space aeronautics at Challenger Learning Center
A small group of interested Jarvis Middle School students will have the opportunity to participate in their own simulated space mission at the Challenger Learning Center at the Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) in Schenectady this spring. School officials have not determined the specific criteria for participation, but students will be asked to express their interest in writing. Learn more about the center in the video below.