I am thrilled to share the latest updates from EEESMA School for the Deaf, where our commitment to providing the best and most holistic education for deaf children in the San Miguel de Allende area and the State of Guanajuato continues to gain recognition.
In the past month alone, we've welcomed seven new students to our family—Mitzi, Montse, Yulisa, Tadeo, Brayan, Andrik, and Eric, aged between 6 and 12. This surge in enrollment has brought our total to an all-time high of 37 students.
Over the next few months, we will introduce each of these remarkable children to you personally. Our aim is to offer insight into the unique challenges they face and demonstrate how EEESMA is dedicated to helping them overcome these challenges.
Our primary focus is two fold. Firstly, we prioritize creating a welcoming environment for our new students, fostering a sense of belonging and confidence within their deaf community. Secondly, we've initiated basic sign language instruction to provide them with a foundation for future learning. The response has been remarkable, with all the new students quickly making friends and actively participating in the various activities offered at school. Special appreciation goes to volunteer Miss Cathy, whose art program has become a favorite among the yougest students.
As we navigate the coming months, both students and teachers will undoubtedly encounter challenges as this latest group of students settle in. With ten students and two relatively new teachers in our primary class, we are all ready to roll up our sleeves and explore innovative ways to deliver the learning instruction required. Drawing on past successes, we are confident in our team's ability to rise to the occasion. An exciting development includes incorporating Noelia and Jesús, two high school students into our teaching efforts. Noelia, who recently completed her high school studies, and Jesús, a natural teacher and nurturer, will play a pivotal role in offering sign language basics to our younger students while creating a source of income for themselves.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our supporters whose generous contributions continue to enable the growth and flourishing of EEESMA's young minds. Your support is invaluable, and we couldn't achieve these milestones without you.
Wishing you and your loved ones a joyful and healthy holiday season.
As the summer vacation envelops EEESMA School for the Deaf, we reflect upon the remarkable journey we've shared this past year with our students and educators. Our hearts swell with pride as we enjoy and share the last day of school on July 14th. This day not only marked the beginning of summer break but also celebrated the accomplishments of three exceptional young women, Laura, Abril and Montserrat, shining stars within the EEESMA community.
Montserrat's Inspiring Journey:This year, we are proud to share the inspiring story of Montserrat, a recent addition to the EEESMA family. Montserrat has adjusted exceptionally well to her new environment, feeling comfortable and accepted by her peers. Her dedication and hard work have been evident as she strives to excel in her academics. With the support of our nurturing community, we have every confidence that Montserrat will go on to achieve great things.
Abril Continues to Excel: Abril, with her infectious enthusiasm and unwavering determination, stood at the threshold of a new chapter in her education journey – a transition from primary school to middle school. Her radiance was palpable as she embraced this milestone with open arms. Equipped with a thirst for knowledge, Abril's eagerness to conquer the challenges of math and written Spanish is truly inspiring. Her mastery of Mexican Sign Language has blossomed, enabling her to communicate effortlessly and swiftly.
Beyond academics, Abril's involvement in extracurricular activities is a testament to her overall development. From engaging enthusiastically in the chess club to demonstrating prowess in karate and honing her computer skills, Abril embodies the spirit of exploration and growth. Notably, she has emerged as a true leader, guiding her peers to new experiences and imparting her young wisdom with compassion. We are immensely proud of Abril's achievements and recognize her as a shining example of the potential that flourishes under the guidance of exceptional educators like Laura.
Laura's Triumph: Empowering Minds and Hearts Laura's journey at EEESMA has been nothing short of remarkable, advancing from being student at EEESMA herself to now being a teacher. Having recently attained her undergraduate degree in education, she assumed the mantle of leadership as the head of the primary school program. Her impact has been profound, both in the classroom and in the hearts of her students and colleagues. Laura's unique perspective, being deaf herself, allows her to connect with her students on a level that transcends language barriers. As a fluent user of sign language, she embodies the essence of understanding and empathy, providing a haven for students to express themselves without hindrance.
Laura's achievements are a testament to her dedication and resilience. Her journey is a beacon of hope, demonstrating that challenges can be overcome with determination and diligence. EEESMA is privileged to have Laura as a role model, representing the embodiment of triumph in the face of adversity.
A Collective Triumph: Celebrating Success At the heart of EEESMA's success lies the collective efforts of all of our students and faculty. The achievements of each student are a testament to their hard work, supported by the unyielding dedication of our educators. Together, we have woven a tapestry of accomplishments, fostering an environment where dreams are nurtured and potentials realized.
We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all students, educators, and supporters of EEESMA for a year marked by triumphs, growth, and determination. Your commitment to our mission is the cornerstone of our success, and we look forward to continuing this journey together.
To learn more about EEESMA School for the Deaf and stay connected with our community, please visit our website at www.eeesma.com to sign up for the quarterly newsletter. Your unwavering support fuels our endeavors and empowers our students to reach new heights. Thank you.
Most students who are Deaf are strong visual learners, and are able to mentally hold and manipulate visual information. Deaf students also show a high level of resilience, especially in their determination to understand a concept, complete a task and master a skill. We witness this "in spades" at EEESMA School for the Deaf.
So we asked, why not diversify the students' activities to allow them to engage with each other in different ways? Why not take them out of the classroom and engage them in activities that are new and interesting to them? To our amazement, two instructors from different walks of life, neither of them with any background in deaf education, came forward to offer their help to provide karate and chess as extracurricular activities. These activities help reduce stress, improve mood, and provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment. They also provide a sense of community, making students feel more connected and supported. We know, too, that these activities aid in improving sign language vocabulary.
The martial arts is an excellent way to help teach self-discipline and socialization skills. A typical hour-long karate class begins and ends with a bow to the teacher, or master. After a warm-up, students practice the art's particular skills, which may include kicks, punches and blocks. Each requires concentration and strict attention. You will see from the photos how the children are enjoying this newly discovered passion! All of the students have started at the same white belt level but are eager to advance. Testing for each new level, generally every three months, is a good exercise in setting and achieving goals.
Chess is the second extracurricular activity recently taken up by the students. Chess has proven to increase IQ, improve memory function, help develop higher levels of creativity, simultaneously exercise both sides of the brain, and increase a child's problem solving skills. Too often children who are Deaf are left to languish in silence in front of TV or a video game. Chess is a wonderful diversion which when offered stimulates and entertains them with many cognitive advantages. Children introduced to chess at a young age are more likely to do better in school, and have higher math and reading test scores.
The skills taught through the game of chess go far beyond the board. Learning chess can help children prepare for life difficulties, teach them how to solve problems in a creative way, and benefit children through improved IQ, memory function.
Karate and chess, one more physical and the other more mentally challenging, are offering our students fundamental development that they have never before experienced. And they are having fun doing it!
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