Volume 1 Issue 6 September 28, 2020
Choose to be GREAT Focus of the Week- Trustworthy
This week we are focusing on the T in GREAT, trustworthy. Here are some things we have talked about at school to make sure we are being trustworthy:
- Be honest
- Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal
- Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do
- Have the courage to do the right thing
- Build a good reputation
- Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and school
This week in sports
The RCMS Volleyball teams played Compass at home this last week. Compass only had "A" teams, so our "B" teams had the week off. Unfortunately, both "A" teams came up short. Top 7th grade performers were Kameron, Addison, Gaby, and Natalia. Top 8th grade performers were Emrie, Angeleek, and Abby.
Attention Remote Learners
Your child is required to submit work EVERY DAY for EVERY class. If they do not, they are being counted absent and are not getting credit for their courses. This could result in their retention in their current grade-level for the 2021-2022 school year.
In keeping with our growth mindset theme, with a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work – brains and talent are just the starting points. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment in whatever we pursue. The world is divided between people who are open to learning and those who are closed to it, and this trait affects everything from your worldview to your interpersonal relationships. Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity while enhancing relationships. All too often when I am visiting classrooms, I will hear students share how they “can’t” do something. Some are quick to stop dead in their tracks with what they are doing. I am often quick to reply with one word “YET!” You can’t do it right now but as long as you believe that you will learn it and are willing to put forth the effort to learn it then you will. As humans, we can be crippled by a fixed mindset – the idea that our basic abilities, intelligence or talent are just fixed traits. We have a certain amount and that’s that and we can’t move forward. As educators and parents we have an obligation to equip our children with the growth mindset. You might be asking yourself, “How do I go about this kind of work as a parent?” Well, the first step is in the praise we provide to him/her. Often times we say, “Good job” or “You’re so smart.” Judith Brook explains it as: “...the issue for parents is one of credibility. “Praise is important, but not vacuous praise,” she says. “It has to be based on a real thing—some skill or talent they have.” Once children hear praise they interpret as meritless, they discount not just the insincere praise, but sincere praise as well.” To read more about this I have shared a link to an article that was featured in New York Magazine written by Po Bronson. http://nymag.com/news/features/27840/index1.html