The Indian Hill School District celebrates Black History

Black History Month

Each year, we look forward to special celebrations honoring Black history makers during Black History Month. This February, our students will celebrate across all buildings within the Indian Hill School District in uniquely Indian Hill ways. We wanted to share some of the celebrations taking place at our buildings that will honor this important learning.
Indian Hill Primary School (IHPS):
    Students will explore the idea that children can change the world by reading about the story of Ayanna Najuma.
    In both reading and morning meetings, children will be introduced to young Black leaders.
    Children will engage in lessons about standing up for what you believe in to make a positive change in the world.
    Thanks to the generosity of the IH PTO and their funding of the Rosa Jason Honor library collection, teachers will be able to utilize a wide variety of children's literature with diverse characters, rich representation, histories, and identities that represent our community of learners.
Indian Hill Elementary School (IHES):
    IHES will highlight multiple Black artists during our daily Morning Music.
    All students will be a part of our One Book, One School event highlighting the book There was a Party for Langston by Jason Reynolds; teachers will read this book with their students using it to highlight poetry and art by famous Black artists, and students will research and explore other famous black poets and artists throughout the month of February.

Indian Hill Middle School (IHMS):
    This year, IHMS is focusing on celebrating Black Americans in arts and literature; teachers will ensure that these figures will be embedded into the curriculum all month.
    Throughout the month we are celebrating Black history facts and figures in our announcements and on our new digital signage, including the jumbo screen in the Village Green.
    During advisory, students will participate in a door-decorating contest to celebrate Black Americans in arts and literature.
    Our staff will also celebrate Black History Month with an activity during our February staff meeting.

Indian Hill High School (IHHS):
    Daily Black History facts will be shared with the high school during morning announcements.
    During the Winter Movie night, members of the Diversity Awareness Team will sell stickers, tote bags, and Ghanaian donuts created by African American students at Indian Hill.
    An all-school presentation will be held on Wednesday, February 28 highlighting how poetry and spoken word have contributed to Black History.
    Our cafeteria will serve special entrees every Wednesday during February, celebrating the rich history and cultural flavors of African Americans.

We want to thank our Indian Hill High School Diversity Awareness Student Leadership Team for helping design activities to celebrate Black History Month at IHHS. We appreciate all our Braves for making the celebration of this month so meaningful.

In service to our children,
Kirk Koennecke
Indian Hill School District
Posted February 1, 2024