Weekly Update

May 8-12, 2023

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Quote for the Week

You can’t cheat the grind, it knows hows much you’ve invested, it won’t give you nothing you haven’t worked for.” – Eric Thomas

Recent Graduates

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Tickets for Graduation

We have received many questions regarding tickets for HSoC graduation. At this time we do not anticipate any students needing tickets. There is no limit currently.

All students participating in the graduation ceremony must attend Graduation Practice on May 23, 2023, at the Coleman Fine Arts Center at 9:00 am sharp.

Graduation info: https://www.wisd.org/Domain/1029

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3 Steps to Creating Healthy Boundaries

One more email. One more text. One more date on the calendar. It’s shocking how one more can quickly become 20 more things to do. Soon, it seems you can’t get ahead or catch your breath. While work and personal life will inevitably throw some stressful situations your way, adding healthy boundaries into your daily routine will help your mental wellbeing and allow you navigate challenging times when they do rise.

Overbooking and overpromising is a hard habit to break, but it can have real implications to your health, especially if you have anxiety and/or a stress-related disorder. The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) curricula says while everyday anxiety and stressors can keep people from harmful situations, anxiety and stressor-related disorders differ in that they are typically more persistent, severe and interfere with your life.

The National Institute of Mental Health reports that anxiety disorders tend to be more common in women than in men, affecting 54% of women and 46% of men. Further, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America says 37 percent of people with generalized anxiety disorder sought professional help. So, while anxiety may be due to unintentionally stretching yourself too thin, don’t rule out a mental health disorder. Talk with your doctor if you have any concerns or questions about your mental or physical wellbeing.

MHFA offers tips and knowledge to help you recognize if you or someone you know is facing mental health challenges — temporary or long-term. Find a course today to get trained as a First Aider or Instructor.

Everyone, however, can benefit from setting healthy boundaries. When you establish healthy boundaries, you allow others to be seen and heard while respecting your own needs and wants. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

· Understand your stressors and define your limits. To start, write down what is causing you stress. Is it constantly checking your phone for work emails? A group text that never stops pinging with notifications? Seeing your stressors on paper may help you brainstorm ways to prevent them from happening. Your limit may be to only work a certain number of hours in the day or cut back screen time. By also writing your limits down, you can hold yourself accountable.

· Start with small, consistent adjustments. Set yourself up for success with attainable changes. You’ll be amazed at how even the smallest tweaks will snowball and impact your mental wellbeing. This could include disabling notifications on your phone, creating focus time blocks in your calendar, and distancing yourself from relationships that leave you feeling less than. If you ever waiver on whether to take on a “one more,” ask yourself if the to-do is in line with your defined limits.

· Practice self-compassion. There will be tasks, events and situations that blindside you. There will be others you take on against your better judgment. Give yourself some grace! Acknowledge the situation then communicate to others how you’re feeling and ask for help. We’re all human. You may be surprised at how compassionate others can be.

Setting healthy boundaries is something you’ll likely need to revisit in different seasons of your life (which is why it’s good to write them down). Making your mental wellbeing a priority and demonstrating how to do so through your actions allows you to set an example for family, friends and coworkers.

#BeTheDifference to yourself and others through everyday habits and healthy boundaries.


Mental Health First Aid. (2020). Mental Health First Aid USA. National Council for Behavioral Health d/b/a National Council for Mental Wellbeing.

National Institute of Mental Health. (2018, Jul.). Anxiety disorders. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders

Skarl, S. (2015). Anxiety and depression association of America. Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet. 19(2). 100-106

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.

WISD Vision: Our vision is to be a district where innovation thrives and growth is limitless