Accompsett Middle School tapped into the talent of one of its teachers while sharing a message of self-worth during “Respectable Me Week” at the school.
Teacher Lauren Hirsch created a music video with friends and family members during the height of the pandemic entitled, “I Am More Than Enough,” in part to help people combat isolation feelings.
The theme: You are more than enough just as you are.
The message particularly has resonated with students at Accompsett Middle School this week, as they emphasize that topic as part of “Respectable Me Week.”
Hirsch, whose performance name is L. Rachelle, visited Susan Ryan and Meredith LaParle’s sixth grade ELA class on Friday morning and played the video. She then spoke about her motivation for creating it.
“You’re all unique and special and are made that way for a reason,” Hirsch told Ryan and LaParle’s students.
The students then created signs with messages including “We’re More Than Enough” and “You Are More Than Enough.” Those signs will be displayed throughout the school to reinforce the important message.
There even are plans to recreate the video using Accompsett Middle School students.
Hirsch, a special education teacher at the school, studied music therapy as an undergraduate.
“It’s a great way to connect with students,” principal Paul McNeil said. “There’s something to be said for infusing music into the instruction."
May 17, 2022
2022-2023 Smithtown Central School District Budget Results
Budget Vote - Proposition #1
Budget Passed [5,250 - 2,460]
Establish Capital Reserve - Proposition #2
Proposition #2 Passed [5,249- 2,241]
Board of Education Results
Seat of Michael Catalanotto
Michael Catalanotto (1A): 4,582
Charles Fisher (1B): 3,201
Seat of Michael Saidens
Michael Saidens (2A): 4,590
Angela Kouvel (2B): 3,157
Catalanotto, Saidens elected to the Board of Education.