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Turning failures into lessons

We have been working with our students to address mindfulness. Since I first started my career in education the focus has become more about the process of learning and less about memorizing facts and dates. Students are required to do so much more than we had to do in school. In part, this is because of the internet. For example, when I went to college I went to the library found a few books to use as resources and wrote my paper. Now students have access to millions of books and articles. So now when my oldest son is writing his paper he has three and four pages of references for each paper. In one of his essays for his college entrance, his thesis statement said the following. "I am working hard to turn my failures into lessons." As a parent, it is hard to watch our kids struggle and even sometimes fail. Love and Logic is a great resource for parents to use when working with their children. They are having a parenting class in January if you are interested in learning more about their program. I have attached one of their quick parenting tips and a link that addresses other concerns parents are facing.


There’s no doubt that grades are important! Because they are so important, many parents make the mistake of displaying a lot of anger and frustration when their kids get poor ones. When this happens, kids spend more energy thinking about their parents’ anger and frustration than thinking about how their grades will affect their lives. Listed below are some quick tips for responding to poor grades:

  • Spend most of your energy commenting on the good grades. The key is to help your child feel so good about what they do well that they will be willing to work harder at what they don’t do well.
  • Display sadness over the bad grades. Experiment with saying, “This is so sad. I’m sure glad that I didn’t get that grade. The good news is that we are going to love you regardless of how well or poorly you do in school.”
  • Ask questions about the bad grades like “What are your thoughts about the grade?” or “Do you have any plan to deal with the subject?” or “What sort of help can we give you on this?”
  • If consequences for poor grades aren’t motivating your child to do their work, stop providing them. When this occurs, it means that there are other issues that need to be dealt with first. These include helping your child develop a better self-concept, teaching them responsibility through chores, helping them with learning problems or different learning styles, etc.
  • Remember that good character is more important for life-long success than good grades.

You can find more techniques in the Teen Package.

Training our Brains

We can train our brains to have a fixed or growth mindset.
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HMS Angel Tree

Thank you to everyone who helped donated items to our angel tree. We provided gifts and dinners for over 30 HMS families. These gifts were donated by our staff members, student council, band, and NJHS students.

How to help our kids improve their self-regulations

Current 6th and 7th Grade Course Selection Night

Tuesday, March 6th, 6pm

1001 East Bailey Boswell Road

Fort Worth, TX

We will have a parent/student meeting for our current 6th and 7th graders to go over and select courses for next year. Please plan on attending the meeting.

Attention Current 7th Graders: National Junior Honor Society Information

Established in 1929, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is one of the nation's premier organizations established to recognize outstanding middle-level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1929.


•Application date at end of 5th Six Weeks

•93 average in Core Classes ELA, Lit, Math, History and Science each of five six weeks.

•The semester test and grade are not averaged into that average

•Citizenship grades count

•Community service hours– At least 5 different places

•All community service hours must be recorded in your child's Career Cruising Account

Current 6th and 7th Graders Cheer & Mascot Try-outs

Friday, April 20th, 3:30pm

1001 East Bailey Boswell Road

Fort Worth, TX

Save the Date-Cheer and Mascot Try Outs

Attention: Current 6th and 7th Graders

Mandatory Parent Meeting April 5th @ 7:45am or 5:30pm students who want to try out must have a parent attend one of the parent meetings in order to be eligible for tryouts. Any student trying out must attend all four days of the try out clinic April 16-19 3:30-4:30. Only students excused from the clinic will give prior notice of a UIL event or doctors note. Students absent from school on April 16th-20th will not be eligible to try out. Try outs will be Friday April 20th immediately after school from 3:30-??? Students will call their parents at the end of try outs.

Are your children taking advantage of all their opportunities?

I showed this video to my advocacy group last week. This might be a great video for you to use at home to spark some conversation between you and your teen. In this video, he talks about small advantages and how they can help you in life. Are you taking advantage of your advantages? Here are some advantages here at Highland:

  • Math Lab Monday through Thursday 7:45 am advantages is that you can get your homework checked over before you go to class and make an A.
  • homework club (teachers present for tutoring)
  • tutorials ( 7:45am-8: 25 am daily)
  • skyward...checking your grades and looking over teacher notes daily??
  • using class time productively
  • being involved in UIL, Sports, band, choir, theatre,...listen to announcements so you don't miss out.
  • are parents/siblings willing and your not asking
  • Are you using your phone for school? For example, There are vocabulary apps to help you study? Are you waiting for the teacher to assign it to you?
  • Are you using time with your friends in a healthy way? study groups? encouraging each other?