CN Jr/Sr HS WeAreOne

January 27, 2020

Focus 2019-20

Our 3 Focus Areas for the 2019-20 school year:


Communication


Thank you to the Special Education Department for meeting with all of the teachers this week to discuss students, services, and accommodations. This was great communication! Working together to help each one of our students succeed is how we truly make an impact!


Shout out to Mrs. Shultz for her excellent communication seeking insight from others on a student she is struggling to connect with. In her email she states, "she is smart and I want her to succeed but she shows no interest . . . " and asks others, "if you have had success with anything or have a good relationship with her I would love some ideas!" That is what it's all about! I know many of you collaborate in this same way and that is wonderful. Having peers that you can collaborate with and lean on during tough times is essential to our success. Education it is a better career if we don't try do it alone!


5 Questions to help us focus as we move into 2nd semester:


1. Am I modeling what I want to see in others? (Newsletter 1/20)

2. Am I making others better?


The sad reality of our world is that some people get threatened when other people shine. When this happens in education, educators doing this to other educators, it is alarming. Our jobs are to empower those we serve with, not try to bring them down. Education is a tough gig! Why would we make it tougher by creating negativity and discourse among our colleagues? If we are doing this to a colleague or peer, would we do it to a student? Are we that threatened or unhappy in our own lives, that we want to bring others down as well?


Some people mistakenly believe that if others shine, it somehow gives us less opportunity to find our own success. Instead of learning from what others do, they choose to find ways to undermine others and put others down. The truth is, there is room for all of us to be successful in our own ways. Work ethic, mindset, and what we do with what we have are all factors that help lead to success, but getting there on your own is next to impossible. People need people, even in the smallest ways, to help achieve their goals and dreams. If we want to be empowered, we must also empower others. If we want to be supported, we must help and support others. If we want to be better, we must also work with others to become better together.


3. Am I caring for others, personally and professionally?

4. Am I making others feel valued?

5. Do I care about who's right, or what's best for kids?


Reading

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Social/Emotional Learning

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Let's Rock the Last 80 Days!

Our 100th day will be January 29th. Please join in the celebration by Rocking the Last 80 Days in your best bold color, big hair, shoulder pad, leg warmer, power suits and rock-n-roll get-ups! Prizes will be given for the best dressed! Hope everyone joins in the celebration!
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Welcome!

Please welcome Amber Johnson and Audree Ritchie who both joined our staff this week! Amber will be teaching Jr High Science, taking over Matt Phillips's schedule for the rest of the semester while he takes the classes vacated by Mrs. Lindsey. Audree is teaching Spanish, taking over full time for Brooke Phillips who will now be in the Special Education Dept full time. Please stop in and introduce yourselves and help them in any way that you can.

The Laymon Family

Abigail Laymon's (Gr 9) dad, Scott, passed away unexepectedly Thursday from a heart attack. Please keep their family, including, the Herr twins (Gr 8) who are nieces, in your thoughts and prayers. The arrangement details are below.


Visitation will be held at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville on Monday, January 27 from 3-6pm. Funeral service will be at 6:00. Memorials are to the Noble County 4-H Dog Club.

Upcoming Events:


1/29 - Jr/Sr High SOM

2/17 - Staff Day (eLearning)

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.”
-Marianne Williamson