CN Jr/Sr HS WeAreOne

August 30, 2019


Revisiting the information shared regarding communication, one thing mentioned by a couple of people was limiting communication to "working hours". I am going to apologize now and say personally, I cannot comply with this request. It's 8 o' clock on Sunday night of a holiday weekend and I am working on this newsletter that I started on Wednesday. Like most of you, I have a busy work life and home life and most days I cannot get done everything I need or want to get done between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. So I will most likely continue to send newsletters on Sunday nights and emails at 11:00 p.m. but if it's something you need to know before the next workday begins, I will do my best to alert you to the information using the Remind App. If you would like to sign up for our Staff Group this year, please see additional info below.

Remind App

Focus 2019-20

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

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

  • Social/Emotional Learning
  • Reading in All Subject Areas

Last week we focused on communication and shared the goals above. This week we will focus on Social/Emotional Learning.

Social/Emotional Learning

According to CASEL, “Social and Emotional Learning is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”

CASEL’s Widely Used Framework Identifies Five Core Competencies

  • 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.

The challenge of educating knowledgeable, capable, caring, and responsible students is not easy. It’s convenient to say that is not our job, but in order to educate students and help them grow academically, we cannot ignore these needs.

We have to give time and focus to developing the social and emotional skills of our students. When we do, the academic achievement of our students will increase, the incidences of problem behaviors will decrease, and the quality of relationships we have with students will improve. This will continue to be a focus throughout the year. At times it will be uncomfortable, frustrating, maybe even time-consuming, but if it helps our students it is worth it.

See IDOE links below for additional information.

Friday Jeans Days

You are welcome to wear jeans on Fridays throughout the school year. Please wear CN Spirit wear or theme day apparel to show our school spirit and support.

1st Friday Event

Please join us on Friday at 4:00 p.m.

102 W Main Street, Albion, IN 46701

Chips & Salsa, Appetizers, and 1st round of refreshing beverages on us!

Upcoming Events:

9/3 - School Board Meeting

9/5 - Principals at Special Education Legal Training (until noon)

9/6 - First Friday Event