Maverick Minutes

Week of 2/15-2/19

Happy Valentine's Day

1 Corinthians 13:4-8;13

13:4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.


What is it that we love or hate about Valentine's Day? Is it the gifts, the sentiments or gestures that overwhelm us? Is it a memory or a memento that revisits each year? For me it is a reminder to show love…love to our family and friends, to our coworkers and to our students. Though it should be everyday, this day just makes us stop and give it full attention, be deliberate. In the latter part of this newsletter, I will share a link to the Diane Sawyer 20/20 interview that aired this past Friday, Silence Broken: A Mother's Reckoning. Seventeen years after Columbine, Dylan Klebold's mother gives a tearful account of the pain that can never be healed. Found in his journal after his murderous spree of 13 people, Dylan Klebold noted that he didn't think he would ever be loved. What makes one think they are not worthy of it? I will throw out alarming statistics and tearful moments from his mother that had me in tears as she wishes she would have dug deeper…not let things be passed off as adolescent phases. Sharing this serves twofold…one to expose you to warning signs as parents, teachers and counselors and two, to thank you for building those relationships. Thank you for taking a moment to show compassion, learn their interests, enjoy them…love them. I am surrounded by a group of people who I am so fortunate to have on this journey for the love of children! Thank you for all that you do! Happy Valentine's Day!

Around the Ridge

Mentoring Girls through Lambda Upsilon Omega at HiRMS

With the support of Mrs. Sherman and Mrs. Meadows, we have girls at HiRMS who are receiving mentoring by the Lambda Upsilon Omega Chapter. It is imperative that we teach our girls the heights they can reach, give them the tools for leadership and support to have an active voice. This mentorship is open to any girl at HiRMS! Spread the word and see Mrs. Sherman or Mrs. Meadows for information.

Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My….Cell Phones, Dress Code and Rules, Oh My!

I have been asked to revisit the rules or cell phones, dress code, hats, etc so that we tighten things up as we move into spring. I will be on the announcements Tuesday to go over the following points:


Cell Phones:

They are not to be out in the morning, during transitions or any other time other than when a teacher has requested to have them in class. They are to be up and out of sight unless in the classroom.


I will also touch on inappropriate pictures, social media and other sharing of information on cell phones.


Jeans:

There should be no holes above the knees.

There should be no tights or leggings underneath jeans.

I will allow jeans that have patches because I was not clear to parents on this point. We will change this for next year.


Shorts:

Athletic shorts are not allowed.

Shorts must be at mid thigh when a student sits down.


Leggins, Jeggins or Yoga Pants:

The shirt must come over the back side.


Hats on Friday:

This was done to raise money at Christmas and we should have ceased that. I will take care of that on Tuesday.

At no point should hoods be on during the day.

Mavericks #Keepballin

In a match-up of two unbeaten teams, the Maverick boys gave Kannapolis Middle their first loss of the season. It simply was a game of coaching and free throws to keep our boys in 1st place. The Lady Mavs continue to be impressive blowing their competition away and showing the talent they truly are! Way to go Coach Morton and our Mavericks and Lady Mavs….#keepballin!

Remembering Columbine

There are certain moments in history that we remember where we were…the Challenger Explosion, 911, Columbine and especially, Sandy Hook. Because of Columbine, tragedy in public schools now had a new definition. The way we look at guns, officers, other students and ourselves changed that day…a profession that would have ranked as highly safe, now became a career with higher risks. We leave our homes each morning with an uncertainty, we counsel kids with higher urgency and we take every threat as a real one…no exceptions. One Columbine parent said, "It brought the nation to its knees, but now that we've gotten back up, how have things changed; what have we learned? In the video below, my heart aches for a mother who simply thought she did it all right, who had warning signs but nothing to compare it to…until April 20, 1999, school massacres were not heard of at all. We hear her tell of a boy who made a list of people he loved, but felt would never love him back. We see his journal entries of suicide and desire to be accepted, but felt that would never happen. We realize the profile of a killer was a kid with a normal family, who was in honors classes, loved little league, gave big hugs and built ships out of legos. Whether you view this as a parent, teacher or both, leave anger aside and appreciate the value of having this mother allow a nation into her life so that she can share in order to help others.
Columbine High School - "I Will Remember You"

Important Dates

2/15: Liz is off campus

2/16: Basketball @ Concord Middle

2/18: Staff Meeting @ 8:15

2/18: Basketball vs. Mt. Pleasant @ home

2/19: MTSS meeting @ 2:30