CN Jr/Sr HS WeAreOne

September 6, 2019

Focus 2019-20

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

  • Communication
  • Social/Emotional Learning
  • Reading in All Subjects

Week #1 we focused on communication and shared the goals below.

Communication Goals
    • Positive first for every student
    • Ongoing (minimum 1x/month)
    • 2 way (allow opportunity for questions/feedback)

Week#2 we focused on Social/Emotional Learning and shared the Core Competencies in CASEL's Framework.

Social/Emotional Learning

  • Self-awareness: Know your strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.”
  • Self-management: Effectively manage stress, control impulses, and motivate yourself to set and achieve goals.
  • Social awareness: Understand the perspectives of others and empathize with them, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Relationship skills: Communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.
  • Responsible decision-making: Make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety, and social norms.

This week we begin to look at reading in all subject areas

Reading in All Subject Areas Goal:

  • Focus on reading as the means to raise overall achievement.
  • Understand the realities of the current reading levels of our student body 6-12.
  • Engage all teachers in integrating reading strategies into their content instruction.

Research shows that reading leads to success in school, the workplace, and life. It helps students empathize with their peers and reduces their stress levels. Unfortunately, as children age, they read less. Parents and teachers report that kids read much less in middle and high school than they did in elementary school. Common Sense Media’s “Children, Teens, and Reading” research brief reflects this distressing trend:

  • 53 percent of 9-year-olds were daily readers, but only 17 percent of 17-year-olds were.
  • The proportion of children who “never” or “hardly ever” read tripled from 1984 to 2014.
  • A third of 13-year-olds and 45 percent of 17-year-olds said they read for pleasure one to two times a year, if that.

Students often wonder, “Why should I care about reading?” and “What’s in it for me?” We must show them why reading matters and look for ways in all subject areas to demonstrate the positive impact that reading can have in their lives.

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Tie-Dye Spirit Day

Thank you to everyone who helped in getting over 85 tie-dye shirts ready for our staff in just 2 short days. It took a team of people and your help was very much appreciated. The sea of burgundy in the building Friday was awesome! We will wear them again during Homecoming Week so stay tuned.

Stone's Trace

Thank you 8th Grade Team for giving our students the opportunity to explore history at Stone's Trace. Every experience we can give our students helps them grow!

Gene Stratton Porter

Thank you Mr. Prible for organizing the Gene Stratton Porter trip for our science students. Another great learning opportunity right in our community!

First Friday Events - Save the Dates

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us at El Mariachi after school on Friday. It was a nice way to end the week and spend some time just talking and laughing together. Next month we will have 2 events so save the dates. Friday, October 4th we will have a tailgate party before the Homecoming football game. Meat and drinks provided. Everyone bring a dish to share. Then on Sunday, October 6th we will host everyone at Trowbridge Farms - The Amazing Maze. Again meat and drinks will be provided. Everyone bring a dish to share. Both of these events are for you and your family. More information will be coming.

Upcoming Events:

9/17 - School Board Meeting

9/18 - Midterm Grades

9/19 - PTC & e-Learning Day

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