Events for Week of January 20 - January 26
Monday, January 20
NO SCHOOL - MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR DAY
Tuesday, January 21
Wednesday, January 22
Staff Meeting - 7:30 am
Thursday, January 23
AWAKE shirts and jeans
2nd quarter grades finalized in Power School - 8:00 am
Friday, January 24
Admin Meeting - Betsey out (9:00 am - 11:00 am)
Real Eyes Presentations for 3rd grade
4th Grade Career Fair
As you should have seen in various emails, the district wellness committee has arranged for all AWLS employees and their families/friends access to the BGSU Rec Center on January 20. In order to participate, you will need to show your AW staff badge and complete a waiver for EVERYONE participating, no matter what age. Fay has copies of the waiver, see her to complete one in advance to save you time once getting to the Rec Center.
The tutors will begin mid-year benchmarking next week and may need to roll into the following week to finish up. They will utilize regular NNI schedules. Please make sure they get the needed booklets.
Our staff meeting will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 22, this is a change from our normal Thursday meetings due to me being out. Jen Karl-Thompson will be joining us again to talk about behavior management, inclusive classrooms and other areas expressed as a need.
The next round of RtI meetings will take place on Tuesday, February 4. Please make sure your plans are updated every six weeks and goals are supported by data. Teachers with students in Tier 3 or moving to Tier 3 will need to plan on attending an RtI meeting.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Jan. 20 - No School
Staff Meeting - Jan. 22 at 7:30 am (this is a change)
AWAKE Shirts/Jeans - Jan. 23
Movie Night - Jan. 31
Imagination Station - Jan. 30 and 31 - you will have a scheduled block of time
Words of Wisdom and Action..............................
I have a New Year’s resolution: Get more sleep.
Sleep is a miracle drug with no side effects. As neuroscientist Matthew Walker explains in his book Why We Sleep, “There does not seem to be one major organ within the body, or process within the brain, that isn’t optimally enhanced by sleep (and detrimentally impaired when we don’t get enough).”
Recently, Character Lab Research Network included questions about sleep in a survey of more than 20,000 high school students.
Here’s what we found: the more hours students slept, the better rested they felt when they woke up. Students who slept more were more likely to feel “ready to learn” when they showed up for class. Not surprisingly, hours of sleep were also positively correlated with happiness and report card grades.
So, why don’t teenagers get more sleep?
I asked the two chronically sleep-deprived teenagers under my own roof. They were quick to point out that, sometimes, what keeps us up at night isn’t entirely under our control. Anxiety about college applications, for example, or a car alarm that goes off in the middle of the night.
All true. But one of the most striking findings in our data is the relationship between sleep and self-control. That is, adolescents who generally plan ahead, resist momentarily gratifying temptations, and avoid procrastinating also get themselves to bed earlier.
Likewise, a recent study suggests that more self-controlled adults get more sleep in large part because they don’t procrastinate about turning in for the evening.
Like me, you and the young people in your life may want to get enough sleep in 2020. What advice might be gleaned from the latest research on self-control to help reach this goal?
Don’t assume that willpower—just forcing yourself to go to bed—is the answer. Most people assume that failures of self-control are failures of willpower. But brute-force suppression of impulses is the least effective form of self-control.
Do use self-control strategies. It’s never easy to do what’s best in the long-run when faced with temptations, but a deep understanding of what gives rise to our impulses can help us outsmart them.
Over the next month, I’ll share a different self-control strategy each week and explain how to apply it to the goal of getting more sleep.
For now, here’s a suggestion from Matthew Walker: set an alarm to get ready for bed at the same time each night. Doing so reliably can, over time, help you put going to bed at a reasonable hour on autopilot.