Weekly Update - 10/8/21
Michael Jordan's success came at a price, however, and this is what often gets overlooked. In a commercial from that era, Jordan said, "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." In other words, Jordan would not have been the great champion he was if he had been afraid to fail. What most folks tend to remember about Jordan is the glory that came with winning all those championships, but few people think about the countless hours of practice and missed opportunities it took Jordan to become the greatest basketball player of his time.
If you had asked a much younger version of myself what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said a basketball player. Reality hit me a little hard on that one because even if I had put in twice the effort Michael Jordan did (which I didn't), I was never going to be a basketball player. However, that doesn't mean I can't emulate Jordan in other ways. Success, in whatever field one chooses, is not possible if one is afraid to fail. I think this is an important message for our students as well. When we are babies, we aren't afraid to fail. Just watch a small child learning to walk and talk. They make mistakes all the time until they finally figure it out. Fear of failure is something we are taught and must spend the rest of our lives fighting against. My hope for our staff and students is that when they are asked to take the "game winning shot," they aren't afraid of missing. There will be another "game" and another opportunity.
Important Testing Information for Next Week
All Sophomores will be taking the PreACT on campus on Thursday, October 14 from 8:15-11:45. All other students will have an asynchronous learning day on that day.
There will be no school for students on Friday, October 15.
JUNIOR MEETING: CLASS RINGS
A mandatory meeting will be held for all Juniors on Monday, October 25 at 8:30AM in the Gym. Our Jostens rep will be providing order info for Class Rings. They will return on Thursday, November 4th to collect orders during lunch in the Commons.
SENIOR MEETING: CAP & GOWNS
Due to the schedule change for Knightfest, wristband sales will be as follows:
1. Sales will occur October 28-29 during Knight Time and lunches (price remains $10).
2. New wristbands will be issued to those who have already purchased. This will happen the week of October 29. Yellow wristbands can be discarded.
3. If a student cannot attend Knightfest, they should see Mrs. Eudy (room 102) for a refund.
4. Knightfest is for GS students only.
Last week, I ran across an article that piqued my interest. It was about how being in nature can improve mental health. This is no surprise to me, as I am an avid lover of the outdoors and recognize how much personal benefit it brings to step outside and breathe fresh air. Thus, I started digging into the research, and I found article after article about how nature can improve mental and emotional health. I wanted to share with you some of the benefits that nature can provide:
Lower levels of hostility, aggression, and anxiety
Improved creativity and abstract thinking
Decreased stress levels due to decreased cortisol levels
Improved emotional outlook
Less pessimistic and fearful thinking
Improved working memory, cognitive flexibility, and attentional control
Increased self-control behaviors in children and teens
Increased positive affect and positive social interactions
The most interesting part of the research shows that spending any amount of time outdoors can produce positive results. In addition, numerous studies showed that listening to nature sounds or even looking at pictures of nature led to improved mental and emotional well-being.
Our lifestyles have us spending much time behind screens. The average for most people is 10 hours daily. Our students may spend even more time behind screens depending on their interests. Here are some things that we can do to encourage our students to incorporate nature into the daily lives of our students.
End the day with a short walk with your student.
Notice one thing in nature everyday while in the car with your student.
Plant something with your teens and teach them how to care for it.
Have dinner outdoors in the evenings.
Watch a sunset with your teen.
Visit a park with your teen (we are never too old for parks!).
Take a drive with the windows down with your teens (phone free time).
Start small: Devote 5 minutes a week to sit outside with your teen and chat with them. Then, build on that…
10/5 - Finished 2nd vs. N. Stanly, S. Stanly, JROB
10/5 - Finished 1st vs. N. Stanly, S. Stanly, & JROB
10/4 - Won YVC Championship at Piney Point with four finishers in the top 7
10/6 - v. N Stanly, W 5-1
10/8 - v. Mountain Island Charter (Homecoming), TBD
10/4 - v. S. Stanly, W 8-1
10/5 - v. Chatham Charter, L 3-6
10/6 - v. J. M. Robinson, W 2-0
10/6 - v. J. M. Robinson, W 3-0