Mrs. Miller's Weekly Update

Week of September 5-September 11, 2022

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With the first two weeks of school under our belts, we are falling into our normal routine. This means we have been focusing on the main purpose of our school system - to educate our kids and prepare them for life beyond high school. As the quote above states, "A good education is a foundation for a better future.", and we are committed to providing one to our GHV students.

Below is a video by Jerry Brooks, a principal who regularly creates light hearted, comical videos - often from his vehicle. However, this one is different. In this video, Mr. Brooks talks about the "paradigm of education".

For people who do not work in today's educational setting, it can be common to think school is much like it was when we were in school 10, 20, 30, or 40 years ago. That is a the paradigm through which many people view education. In his video, Mr. Brooks does an excellent job of giving a perspective from the current reality of educating students in today's world.

Please take three minutes to watch it yourself. It can give great insight into the challenges and obstacles we are faced with in today's educational environment. Each and every student is unique and deserves to learn at high levels. So watch the video, and if you are so inclined, thank a teacher! :)

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Teaching vs. Learning

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I've participated in many professional development sessions through the years that distinguish between "teaching" and "learning". Therefore, the quote above caught my eye. Students learn at different paces and in different ways. A style that works for one student may not work for another. One student may grasp a concept after hearing or trying it once, and another student may need two or three opportunities to learn. With that said, when we are educating our kids at GHVHS, we are not just focusing on "teaching". We are focusing on "student learning".
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To help meet the needs of our students, we have added "Flex Time" to our daily schedule. Flex Time is a 22 minute period that allows students and teachers an opportunity during the school day to meet and reteach or provide support to students who may need some additional help understanding the material.

This is how Flex Time works. Each student is assigned to a Flex Time homeroom. Teachers may request a student who they want to work with, and students may request to see a teacher as well. Giving teachers and students access to each other during the school day can help clear up questions, get kids caught up who were absent, and provide another opportunity for teachers and students to connect.

Flex Time is off to a great start, as is the 2022/23 school year. I am so excited for the wonderful things yet to come!

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Our cross country boys and girls hit the road last week and headed to Newman for the first meet of the season. Congratulations to Zach Flatebo for his 9th place finish!

Enjoy the pictures below!

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A big thank you to our GHV National Honor Society for organizing a blood drive at our school. More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day, and Just one donation can save up to 3 lives!
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Monday, September 5 - LABOR DAY- NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 6

4:30 p.m. - G/B Cross Country @ Belmond

5:30 p.m. - JJV/JV/V Volleyball @ Belmond

6:00 p.m. - JV Football (H) vs. West Hancock

Wednesday, September 7

Thursday, September 8

5:30 p.m. - JJV/JV/V Volleyball (H) vs. Bishop-Garrison

Friday, September 9

7:00 p.m. - Varsity Football (H) vs. Algona

Saturday, September 10

9:00 a.m. - Varsity Volleball Tournament @ Belmond-Klemme

Sunday, September 11

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