Community Circles

Team Tapestry's Take on a School-wide Initiative

Holding your baby sister … at school. Chatting with your classmates, teachers … and parents. Eating breakfast with your librarian. These are some of the mix-it-up moments from Team Tapestry’s recent Bagel Breakfast & Community Circle.

Community Circles are a school-wide initiative at John Jay Middle School which happens mostly during morning meetings. Teachers or eighth-grade Homebase Leaders offer a prompt and those in the circle take turns speaking and listening.  Circles are used to increase emotional awareness, deepen relationships and build connections--skills associated with happier people and academic success.