Llano High School
The "A" Team / #MISSION2020
Remote Learning Week 5...Its May!!
Issue #29- April 27- May 2, 2020
Our Vision and Mission
We exist to empower our community.
At Llano High School we will collaborate to engage hearts and minds which will energize action and lifelong learning that we will execute with discipline.
Events this Week
Monday, April 27th
Remote Learning Week 5
Tuesday, April 28th
Wednesday, April 29nd
Weekly Check in with 3rd period classes
Thursday, April 30th
Faculty Zoom at 11am
Friday, May 1st
Thanks for taking a look!
Governor Abbott cancelled school for the remainder of the school year..
In today's press conference, Governor Abbott cancelled school for the remainder of the school year. We will receive additional information from TEA Commissioner Morath for steps moving forward. As I have information, I will continue to keep you posted. In the meantime, stay safe.
Sincerely, Mac Edwards, Superintendent of Schools
U.S. News Unveils 2020 Best High Schools Rankings - Llano is one of them!
I am so proud of our students and staff of Llano High School for once again being named to U.S News and World Report’s Best High Schools List!
Seniors of 2020- We love you. We miss you.
Congratulations to Seniors Lauren Tudyk and Grace Fletcher for being named to the TABC Academic All State Basketball team
TABC 2019-2020 Student Asst. of the Year - Luis Salas
Congrats to Logan Duggar
Llano High School wants to honor our seniors of 2020!
Luke Snitkin for being chosen to participate in the FIRST EVER MLR Draft 2020 (Major League Rugby).
Welcome to the New Mental Health Corner!
Week of April 20, 2020
Hello to all,
Today I am sitting up straighter in my chair, determined to reach out to as many community members as possible to support each of you with the emotional support we all did during this unique, scary, strange, dare I say fun and reflective time? I have heard every adjective available to describe this pandemic.
Now is the time to communicate with more intention and more often.
A favorite Mister Rogers’ quote, “Anything that's human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary.”
I have watched “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” a documentary about Fred Rogers and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’. This is new movie out about Fred Rogers starring Tom Hanks recently. I had no idea how impactful Mr. Roger’s unconditional regard would be in my pursuit to be a mindful therapist. I have failed many times and was glad to hear that Mr. Rogers had to practice being present, kind, empathic, and responsive. The shows gave me hope for the future and beautiful memories of my childhood.
Mindfulness is not really fancy. In communication it is be completely present when someone is talking to you. Active listening. If you are cutting up vegetables stop and look your child in the eye, if you are traveling, turn off the electronics and ask some connection questions. Here are a few to get you started:
What do you think the best invention will be in fifty years?
What is the best part of summer for you?
Let’s start a new hobby together. What ideas do you have?
What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you?
A challenge for active listening is to listen without minimizing or “fixing” the idea or feeling. Sit with it. Be with the other person. Empathy when sad or scary feelings is the best response to have.
A great 3 minute explanation of Empathy. Please watch and share if you are so moved!
Please email me if you have any questions or looking for mental health resources.
Week of April 27
Today I am going to describe a simple but very effective calming activity. You may have heard of being mindful or grounding yourself to help your body stop reacting with a fast heartbeat, sweaty palms, or even an upset stomach when you are nervous about something. It is important to practice these types of activities consistently so when we need help calming down we know exactly what to do. This activity is great for people of all ages.
Five senses mindfulness uses: See, Hear, Touch, Smell, and Taste. The tool we use to remind us is something we have with us all of the time. Our hand!
A good activity is to print, cutout, and color the hand provided. Now label each finger with the five senses. This five minute calming activity goes like this:
Turn off the television, radio, any distracting noise. Sit down and put your feet solidly on the ground. Settle in. Take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Take two more deep, slow breaths. Open your eyes.
Look around and name out loud 5 things you can see. Take your time. Take a breath.
Now name 4 things you can hear. Listen very closely. What is something you hear in the distance? Take a deep breath.
What are 3 things you can feel? Think about this. Can you feel the wind on your face, or the sun on your skin? What about the sleeves on your arms? Your skin is very sensitive to even the slightest touch such as an ant crawling over your foot. Take a breath again.
Smell. What are 2 things you smell right now or what would you like to smell right now? Cookies in the oven?
What is something you can taste or would like to taste right this minute? Did you just have a sweet treat? What about a minty piece of gum? Now take two very slow cleansing breaths.
Families I hope you to do this activity and hang up the hands where you can see them every day. I encourage you to do this mindful exercise together one time per day for the next week. Let me know if it helps you feel better!
Christi Lundby LPC-S, LCDC
Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
Llano High School Band Member Joins a Virtual Band
What did you have to do to become a member of a virtual band?
“To join the band, I went to their website and signed up with my email address”.
Does the virtual band have a name? “It’s called Virtual Band”.
Explain what the Virtual Band is: “The Virtual Band is a project that combines hundreds of videos of individuals playing the same musical piece into a cohesive performance”.
How does your part fit in with all the other performers?
“My part is edited to blend in with other members and sections”.
How much editing is involved for the editor of the project to put the final virtual performance together? “The last project took about 60 hours of editing to sort through 300 musicians. This project should take longer because there are 100 additional musicians”.
Will the Virtual Band performance show you performing your part, or is it audio only? “The finished product will include video and audio; however not all sections or parts are shown at the same time because of section features, rests, etc.”.
About how much time did you take to prepare your part for the performance?
“I had to practice my part for about 15 minutes a day for a week before recording. The recording took about 30 minutes between setting up and shooting the video”.
How does being a member of the Virtual Band differ from performing with your peers? “The Virtual Band is a different experience because you are totally alone in your performance. There is no opportunity to learn from peers. On the other hand, it pushed me to be better, because if you mess up in a live performance, your mistake can usually be covered up. In the Virtual Band, your recording has to be almost perfect to satisfy your personal standards. In addition, whenever you participate in the Virtual Band, you have to interpret the music for yourself, meaning no one is telling you how to add musically to the piece. You have to do that yourself”.
Was there any knowledge or aspect of technology you needed to learn to take on this project? “The only technology required is a smartphone and a device to use as a metronome. The smartphone is used to video your performance. The metronome is hooked up to earbuds or headphones to ensure that you are staying with the beat. For me, I used my phone as a metronome, and my dad’s phone to video”.
About how many performers were involved in the Virtual Band?
“There are 390 members contributing to this project”.
Is it possible for others to listen to and watch the finished product? If so, how?
“Others can listen to the final product on YouTube and on Instagram@virtualconcertband”
You can protect yourself and help prevent spreading the virus to others if you:
Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze
Avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell
Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell
Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean