The Cardinal Way
Sharing and Learning at Southport High School
Leading and Learning: ADVERSITY, PART I
Adversity -- no one wants it, but we all get it.
This year has been really great at teaching us lessons in dealing with adversity. The year has been difficult from the start and has not let up as we work to get our school and our students back on track. No one wants the adversity we are experiencing, but adversity does not care if we want it or not...it is here.
I know for sure that If we stop now, everything we have done up to this point has been for nothing. Even Seneca, the first-century stoic philosopher, recognized the role that adversity plays in our life: "Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men."
Adversity testing our strength is a timeless truth. Humankind has dealt with, and been tested by, adversity since the beginning of time. Those who show strength in the midst of adversity have the opportunity to become great. Those who run from adversity are names that no one remembers. Adversity will always be there. We have handled it well during the first half of the year. How we handle this year will define our strength as a school!
Be a Cardinal; Change Lives; Put a Mission into Motion
Thank you to:
- our School Counselors for running the FAFSA night on Wednesday.
- our Winter Sports coaches. Winter Sports are in full swing and we appreciate the time and effort our coaches put in with the athletes.
- our club sponsors who have been working with students all semester!
Grateful Friday Challenge
DECEM-WHAT??? I feel like when we get to this part of the school year, and we should have a firework-like celebration; perhaps the holiday lights count- and I should count my blessings. We’ve done it. We’ve made it to the last month of the semester. We are about to flip the calendar to 2022 and leave the craziness of 2021 behind. I think we have learned a lot of lessons in the past two years, a lot about teaching and education, a lot about students and empathy and apathy, and a lot about ourselves. We technically only have one more Friday with students after today, and honestly, it feels like December would never get here, but here we are. That in itself is something to celebrate.
It feels like when we get into this time of year; we go into turbo mode - we rush and rush, we try to cover one last topic, we try to make one last push to get kids a credit, we are on high alert for the hi-jinx that comes with teaching (or at this point rangeling) high schoolers. Sometimes we forget that in all the craziness that this time of year brings, some positives and wins happen along the way.
Today, let’s focus on, and celebrate, those positives as we begin to wind down the semester! Before you leave today, your #SHSGFC is to write down or make a mental list of 7-73 things that you did well this semester (obviously, if you have more than 73, keep going). There have been struggles, but there have also been important reasons to celebrate. It is essential to pay attention to all the good things that we make happen each day. Sometimes taking the time to notice the small things can make the most significant difference in our attitudes and lives!
Wins for the semester:
We haven’t given up…
We have just over a week and a half to go until break…
(this is where you take over….)
With banners flying as we go! #FlyAsONE
180 Days of Learning -- #CardsLearn
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