Affective Needs News

Week of December 14, 2015 @ Mountain Range High School

End of the Semester is 4 Days Away!

The end of the 1st semester of the 2015-2016 school year at Mountain Range is drawing to a close. Please remember that teachers all have different deadlines for accepting missing work, re-takes or make up work. Please see your individual teachers for more information.

Semester Finals will take place on Wednesday, December 16th and Thursday, December 17th during block periods. The block period schedule will run as usual and ACCESS will still take place on Wednesday morning.

The Difference between Empathy and Sympathy

Brené Brown on Empathy

Special Education Advisory Committee

Adams 12 Five Star Schools has a SEAC team that is dedicated to educating and informing families of their educational rights and resources available to them. I encourage families to attend the following workshops:

January 12, 6-7:30 pm - Thornton Elem Media Ctr Topic: How should I prepare for the IEP meeting?

February 9, 3-5 pm - ESC Training Ctr Topic: Summer Activities

March 8, 6-7:30 pm - Mtn Range HS Media Ctr Topic: Meet some advocates- ARC, PEAK, Tri-County

More information can be found here:

SEL Standards Snippet of the Week

What are feelings/emotions?:

A feeling or emotion is the way your body reacts to something that happened, a physical change in response to your mind's thoughts or what's going on in your head.

Why is it important to understanding your own feelings?:

If you understand your own feelings, you are less likely to be impulsive and more likely to be in control. Then you will also be able to eventually understand others feelings.

Steps to Identifying Your Feelings/Emotions:

1) Tune in to your body signals and ask yourself, "What's going on inside me?"

2) Think about 2-3 specific feelings you might be experiencing.

3) Pick the most appropriate one.

4) Say to yourself, "I feel _______."

SEL Standards addressed:

I can recognize and name feelings. 1A.1a.

I can tell about many feelings and talk about things that make me feel that way. 1A.2a.

feelings and talk about things that make me feel that way. 1A.2a.

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Happy Winter Break!

As we wrap up 2015 and get ready to celebrate the holiday season with our loved ones, I want to take the time to tell each and every one of my students and their families "Thank You". I am grateful for each one of you and what you teach me every day. Sometimes the teacher learns more from the students than the students do from her. The longer I am at Mountain Range, the more I learn about empathy, compassion, caring, humanity and mostly, courage. I am so proud of each of you for never giving up on yourselves and for always striving to be better tomorrow than you were today.

Happy Holidays-

Mrs. Acker

Mrs. Jo Acker

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