Points of Pride

September 10, 2018

Instructional Focus:

So one of my biggest passions in my job is helping/advocating for students that are going through adversity. If I were to poll people around the building, I am pretty certain that the majority of you would share that passion. We know we are not doing this exclusively for the paychecks, it's the desire to make a difference in the lives of others that keeps us coming back for more.

If you do any type of Google search on the number of students that are going or have gone through some sort of childhood trauma and the effects it has on the brain, you would be shocked. Check out this one for example:

  • More than two thirds of children reported at least 1 traumatic event by age 16. Potentially traumatic events include:

    • Psychological, physical, or sexual abuse
    • Community or school violence
    • Witnessing or experiencing domestic violence
    • National disasters or terrorism
    • Commercial sexual exploitation
    • Sudden or violent loss of a loved one
    • Refugee or war experiences
    • Military family-related stressors (e.g., deployment, parental loss or injury)
    • Physical or sexual assault
    • Neglect
    • Serious accidents or life-threatening illness (source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
How do we combat that? With relationships!!! The below video went viral a couple months ago and is just one example of how a teacher forms a special bond with his students. After watching the video, do you think he struggles with student engagement? How about low attendance/tardies?

I get it, handshakes are not for everyone, but what if as a campus, we ALL committed to ensuring that EVERY ONE of our students had at least one positive interaction with an adult EVERY DAY. What sort of impact could that have on our school culture? What if we committed to ensuring that we would tell every student that "I am glad you are here today," as they entered class? Yeah, lunch count and attendance might take 2-3 minutes longer or the teachers might miss the start of announcements, but wouldn't it be worth it? Isn't this our best opportunity to form a positive relationship with each student?

Teachers, I challenge you to try this daily until Fall Break. Stand at the door as your class enters and tell every student either "I am glad you are here today," or "How was your night?" or pick out something you like about their outfit.


Upcoming Events:

  • Week of 9/10: Focus on the Flow Map
  • 9/10: Flow Map Review with Heather @ 7:45
  • 9/11: New Certified staff to SPE Meeting: @ 7:30-CANCELLED; School Council @4:00
  • 9/12: 2:15 Release-PLC
  • 9/13: PTSO/Dad's Club Meeting @ 6:30
  • 9/14: PTSO Social-Party like it's 1999 Dance @5:30-7:30; New to SPE for day 1 45 day screeners are due
  • Week of 9/17: Focus on the Multi-Flow Map; Art will be this week; Constitution Week
  • 9/17: Multi-Flow Map Review with Heather @ 7:45; Bus Evacuation Drills @ 9:00
  • 9/19: 2:15 Release-Site PD from 2:30-4:00-Standards Based Mindset
  • 9/20: MTSS Day #2 (Diagnostic Data Due-will help make an intervention plan) all day during specials; STEM Club Parent Meeting @ 6:00
  • 9/21: ALL Staff meeting @7:45-8:00