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The Importance of Structure

Junior high students explore the “One Word” of the year.

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The definition of chaos is “complete disorder and confusion.” The definition of structure is “construct or arrange according a plan.”

During the first “Structure Kickoff” assembly, CJH students started their afternoon in the cafeteria with a pile of straws and paper. For the first few minutes they were not given any expectation or instructions on what to do with it. They were then told to build the tallest structure possible with the given materials. During the exercise, students stopped and talked about the word structure and how it relates to life and education.

“Some built their structure with a weak base and started the structure from the highest point of the building the ceiling, while other teams focused on a good foundation and created height from that point on,” explained school counselor Jenae Ashbrook. “When the activity was complete, we talked about what elements defined a structure and which structure met all those requirements to win, some of the elements listed were: good strong foundation, teamwork, motivation, routine, plan, and grounded.”

This exercise was a concrete illustration of the junior high’s theme or one word for the year.

“Structure is how all pieces fit together to support the whole,” principal John Taylor stated. “At CJH everyone is important and has a role to play in the success of the campus. Also, focusing on structure and providing a more structured environment creates a situation where junior high students can find more success individually. Therefore, an emphasis on structure not only recognizes that everyone has a responsibility for the achievements of the school, but also helps the individual student succeed.”

After the main event in the cafeteria, the students went outside for other structured games in order to relax and have fun.

While plans are in the works for a similar event in the spring, students will remember that structure not only counters chaos in their lives, but also helps them become successful.