For all but a few Circleville High School seniors, the timeline surrounding the morning of September 11th, 2001 can be associated with an event they were not alive for some 17 years ago now.
Despite the generational disconnect from the events that unfolded at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Stonycreek Township, PA, lesson plans on the importance of Patriot Day and its indelible impact on our nation’s history could be heard in classrooms across campus Tuesday morning.
At 8:46 a.m. (the time marked by Flight 11’s crash into the North Tower of the World Trade Center), CHS principal Chris Thornsley read an account of the events that unfolded that day to students and staff over the intercom, followed by a moment of silence in remembrance. Moments of silence were also integrated into morning announcements at Circleville Elementary School and Circleville Middle School.
Also at CHS, social studies classrooms such as Mr. Hamman’s government classes, showed 3-D renderings of the World Trade Center’s impact zones, debris fields, and videos of first person accounts from first responders on scene that day.
At Circleville Middle School, students also dove into some primary and secondary sources and accounts from 9/11, but for 7th grade social studies teacher Mr. Elswick today was not about rubrics or grading in relaying the importance of the day in historical terms to his students.
“The best way that I can think of to honor those who lost their lives that day is to pass on their memory to my students,” said 7th grade Social Studies Mr. Elswick. “Today is not about assignments or points, but rather facilitating discussion on a very important day in our nation’s past.”
At the elementary level, the pace was fundamentally a little different as staff discussed the events of 9/11 by way of age appropriate means. From crafting booklets and making patriotic ribbons in 2nd grade to journal writing in 4th grade, elementary staff rallied around the idea of ‘remembrance’ and used that as a teaching tool to relay the importance of this day to their students.
From across campus, spanning a multitude of grade levels and ages, one thing was abundantly clear Tuesday morning – we have not forgotten.