CN Jr/Sr HS WeAreOne

January 5, 2020

Welcome Back!

Hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and that you had an opportunity to rest, rejuvenate, and spend time with family and friends over the winter break.

We spend so much time looking forward to the holidays, that the transition back from break can be hard on all of us, our students included. We can help ease the transition back to school for our students by trying some of these ideas.

- Let students know you are excited to see them again with the same excitement that we started the school year with. We are a safe, supportive, caring place for all of our students, regardless of their level of need.

- Give them something to look forward to. The next break seems a long way away and motivation can lag. Now is a great time to start a new initiative or class project that engages students, gives them voice, and gives them something to look forward to over the next several weeks or months.

- Engage students in meaningful goal-setting. What do they want to improve on for the 2nd semester? How can we support them? These could be personal goals and/or academic goals or a goal that encompasses both. While research says that 80% of New Year Resolutions will not be kept, not setting any goals will surely have the same outcome.

- Anxiety vs Anxiety - As always try to be alert to students who are anxious and just need a few days to get back in the groove, and those students who may be exhibiting deeper anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues that may need to be addressed by our counselors or other professionals. Winter is a difficult time for many people emotionally, and this break may not have been full of positive experiences for some of our students. Remind students of the connection between getting back in the rhythm of a normal schedule and routine and how it impacts their mental health and ability to focus.

Cougar Care Packages

We packed almost 60 CN Cougar Care Packages for our students and gave them out just before we left for break. Thank you for your donations of items and monetary donations. They made a huge impact on our students!

Upcoming Events:

1/7 - Community Candlelight Ceremony for Seth Thompson (CN Auditorium)

1/11 - HS Semi-Formal

1/13 - School Board Meeting

1/14 & 15 - Semester 1 finals (schedule will be shared this week)

1/17 - 7th Grade Pokagon Trip

Sad News to Share

If you have not already heard, Seth Thompson, 2018 CN Grad, lost his life in a car accident this past weekend. Seth parents, Dave Thompson and Sara (Holbrook) Miller are both CN grads as well. A link to his obituary is below. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.