The Cardinal Way

Sharing and Learning at Southport High School

Leading and Learning: IMPROVEMENT

I want to start by acknowledging that personal growth is not an easy or comfortable process. I love the simple graphic below showing the difference between your comfort zone and where the magic happens.

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The “magic” referred to in the graphic above is of personal growth and improvement; it is the place where you get better. So, to improve, you must step outside your comfort zone. This, like most things in life, is easier said than done! This is where your mindset comes into play. Although stepping outside your comfort zone will help you improve, it also opens you up to failure. Failure is scary... you didn't reach your goal, your idea did not play out as expected, you think people will base all future opinions of you off of this mistake... and with the wrong mindset, failure, can cause large setbacks or keep us stagnant in our personal growth. These fears keep us complacent. We accept the comfort and mediocrity of where we are, instead of the greatness of where we could be, based on this fear of failure. This year I am going to try and push the limits of my comfort level by continually forcing myself to take risks even if that means failure and setbacks. I know to grow, I must take risks and open myself up to the chance of failing, not reaching a goal, or having to reevaluate the choices I have made. If I am not willing to put myself in a new situation where failure could be an option, I will never put myself in a setting where I can achieve great things. Greatness does not, nor will it ever, come from staying in my comfort zone. Although this challenge has the great potential to be uncomfortable and even unpleasant at times, if I keep the right mindset, learn from my shortcomings and setbacks, and stay positive, I am sure it will help me to achieve a larger number of great things this year. I hope to make the magic happen!


Be a Cardinal; Change Lives; Put a Mission into Motion

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Cardinal Recognitions:

Thank you to:

  • our school counselors for continuing the College Application Bootcamp during iPass.
  • our music department for their efforts with students as they prepare for their first round of concerts that begin next week.
  • Chelsea Hoffman and the volleyball team for hosting the Cancer Awareness night at the Volleyball game on Thursday.

Grateful Friday Challenge

Week 7: Grateful Friday Challenge

It’s FRIDAY!!! On Monday we are questioning, on Tuesday we are productive, on Wednesday we are thinking why is a week so long (even on a short week), on Thursday we are looking forward to the next day, and then… It’s Friday, again! That’s today! WHOOHOO!! We made it!


For most of us, we sit through multiple classes, meetings, phone calls, or people shuffling day in and day out. It gets hard to remember who we told what, especially when we get into our routine. You know what I’m talking about… Have I told you about it??? Yes? Ok- what was the last memorable thing I told you? No? Great, get ready! Today, to break the monotony, let's play a little game. Keep this list somewhere near your desk- and give yourself a point every time you use one of the following words. Can you work one in a class? What about 2? Can you do more? How many can you use before kids start to wonder what is going on?

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Can enough of us use the words so often today that kids start to wonder why all the adults around the school have such a weird vocabulary today? Have a little fun while the shenanigans of your class are going on before you tell them to skedaddle. We hope they don’t lollygag in the hallways on their way out of your class and get into a kerfuffle, that’s just a bunch of malarkey! But if they want to enjoy some brouhaha on the way out to the busses, who can blame them? We will all be celebrating with them.


Have an exceptional weekend! See you on the flip.


With banners flying as we go! #FlyAsONE

180 Days of Learning -- #CardsLearn

Hope you enjoy this weeks 180 Days of Learning Posts

Dawn Fowerbaugh

Ms. Fowerbaugh's English students are preparing to read The Crucible. To get ready for this reading, students completed an anticipation guide where they answered and discussed questions as a group. The questions focused on numerous different moral dilemmas they might come across as the read. Students also took advantage of the beautiful weather outside while working through these questions.

Jason Adler

Mr. Adler's Honors Algebra II students are learning to use the Quadratic Formula in practical application. Students examine problems that involved how long objects would stay in the air if they were thrown in the air. Students used the story problem to create a quadratic equation and then use the quadratic formula to solve.

Mary Wheeler

Ms. Wheeler's Pre-Calculus students are ways to maximize the volume of a box. After working through the calculations, Ms. Wheeler gave each student a piece of paper, some scissors, and a ruler. Students had to apply their learning to turn the flat piece of paper into a rectangular three-dimensional vessel that contained the greatest volume possible for that piece of paper.

Educational Humor

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