HSoC Weekly Update

November 15 - 19, 2021

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Quote for the Week

“Be stronger than your excuses.” - Eric Thomas.

The Teachers that Make it Happen for HSoC Students

Our Most Recent Graduates

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November is National American Indian Heritage Month. It is a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of American Indians and Alaskan Natives, the first people of the United States. Cherokee Indian and NASA physicist, J. C. Elliott-High Eagle, authored the legislation for American Indian Awareness Week. It was signed in 1976, making October 10-16 the first official week of national recognition for the American Indian since the founding of the Nation. This set a precedent which was followed by later public laws that expanded the observance to what we now know as National American Indian Heritage Month. According to the 2020 U.S. Census, the nation’s population of American Indians and Alaska Natives, including those of more than one race, was 9.7 million. Currently, there are 574 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and more than 100 state-recognized tribes across the United States. Each have their own unique Native history, beliefs, governance structure, and culture. Sovereignty is the right of a nation or group of people to be self-governing and it is the most fundamental concept that defines the relationship between the government of the United States and governments of American Indian/ Alaskan tribes. American Indians and Native Alaskans are technically U.S. citizens first and have the additional option of becoming citizens of their tribe or village as enrolled tribal members. The Department of Defense along with the rest of our nation, celebrates the first people to live on the land we all value. American Indians and Alaska Natives have bravely defended and shaped our country’s character and our cultural heritage. A new generation has assumed this charge from their elders, and they continue to serve not only their nations but the United States with dignity and honor.

Theme: Grounded in Tradition, Resilient in Spirit

The observation of National American Indian Heritage Month has its roots in Public Law 99-471. Over several years the observation was moved to different months but in 1990 Public Law 101-343 set the month-long observance in November. Each year the President issues a Proclamation in recognition of the observance. National American Indian Heritage Month is observed from 1 - 30 November of each year. The observance month recognizes American Indians for their respect for natural resources and the Earth, having served with valor in our nation's conflicts, and for their many distinct and important contributions to the United States

.The Theme for this event changes every year.

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HSoC - High School of Choice

What is Waxahachie High School of Choice?

We are an alternative high school, designed to help at-risk students achieve their goals of high school graduation and beyond. HSoC supports students through rigorous, innovative, and engaging learning experiences. Every student will be empowered to fiercely navigate their world with resilience, purpose, courage, humility, and pride.

Academic Performance and Effort

It is an expectation that all High School of Choice (HSoC) students put forth the effort to reach their maximum potential. Academic excellence is achieved by challenging yourself to improve on every assignment or task you encounter.

Tips for reclaiming your peace of mind online

To post or not to post? The real question is: How do you feel about it? Author Naomi Shimada reflects on the anxiety-inducing aspects of social media, sharing advice on how to step back from the shame, optics and echo chambers of the internet and untangle your self-worth from follower counts, likes and the unattainable perfectionism perpetuated online. (This conversation, hosted by TED curator Cloe Shasha Brooks, is part of TED's "How to Deal with Difficult Feelings" series.)

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