SMHS Insider - Week 18
Jan. 16th - 19th
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Upcoming Happenings for the Week!
Monday - (MLK JR. Day)
- 1st Day of 2nd Sem. Welcome Back!
- Late Start/Team Day Meetings
5:30 VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL @ EL CAMINO HS
7:00 VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL @ EL CAMINO HS
4:00 JV BOYS BASKETBALL @ SAN MARCOS HS
5:30 JV GIRLS BASKETBALL @ SAN MARCOS HS
5:30 GIRLS VARSITY SOCCER @ SAN MARCOS HS
3:30 GIRLS JV SOCCER @ SAN MARCOS HS
3:30 GIRLS FRESHMAN SOCCER @ SAN MARCOS HS
7:00 BOYS VARSITY SOCCER @ EL CAMINO HS
5:15 BOYS JV SOCCER @ EL CAMINO HS
3:30 BOYS FRESHMAN SOCCER @ EL CAMINO HIGH SCHOOL
- PTO Meeting @ 4:30
8:30 VARSITY GIRLS WATER POLO @ PALOMAR COLLEGE
7:45 JV GIRLS WATER POLO @ PALOMAR COLLEGE
- Simon Scholar Assembly in Theater
5:30 GIRLS VARSITY SOCCER @ RBV HS
3:30 GIRLS JV SOCCER@ RBV HS
5:30 BOYS VARSITY SOCCER @ SAN MARCOS HS
3:30 BOYS JV SOCCER @ SAN MARCOS HS
3:30 BOYS FRESHMAN SOCCER @ SAN MARCOS HS
7:00 VARSITY WRESTLING @ EL CAMINO HS
5:30 JV WRESTLING @ EL CAMINO HS
5:30 FROSH WRESTLING @ EL CAMINO HS
4:15 VARSITY GIRLS WATER POLO @ THE WAVE
3:15 JV GIRLS WATER POLO @ THE WAVE
- Principal's Advisory Council Luncheon - ASB Room
5:30 VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL @ SAN MARCOS HS
7:00 VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL @ SAN MARCOS HS
5:30 BOYS JV BASKETBALL @ RBV HS
4:00 JV GIRLS BASKETBALL @ RBV HS
4:30 JV GIRLS WATER POLO @ STEELE CANYON HS
5:30 VARSITY GIRLS WATER POLO @ STEELE CANYON HS
3:00 GIRLS FROSH BASKETBALLMISSION HILLS HS
10:30/3:00 BOYS FROSH BASKETBALL @ MISSION HILLS HS
TBD VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL @ NORCO HS
9:00 JV WRESTLING @ MONTE VISTA HS
9:00 FROSH WRESTLING @ LA COSTA CANYON HS
WELCOME BACK & HAPPY 2018!
Rest & Rejuvenation
I wish you all an awesome start to the 2nd Semester
A SMHS STORY TO TELL
Lady Knights Basketball - Holiday Tournament Champs
Boys Soccer Nike Champs
Shane Finney Surprised with ROTC Scholarship
Knights Basketball - Champions of the ESPN Holiday Tournament
Cheer Team Preparing for Inaugural CIF Competition
Our Cheer Team placed 2nd place on Saturday in the JAMZ Competition. Next weekend they have their inaugural CIF Competition. (Up until this year Cheer was not part of CIF Competition.) Coach Gigi couldn't be more proud of her team and they are excited to leave it all on the mat for CIF. Go Cheer!
Holiday Luncheon Rewind
Raising Hardy and Resilient Teens
We all want our students to be resilient, hardy and have that "stick-with-it-ness". Resilience and perseverance is a skill, just like the skill of writing a paragraph, solving an equation, or spinning a clay pot, and need to be groomed each day. Dweck continues...
"… [W]e can praise wisely, not praising intelligence or talent. That has failed. Don't do that anymore. But praising the process that kids engage in: their effort, their strategies, their focus, their perseverance, their improvement. This process praise creates kids who are hardy and resilient."
Check out the video below for more of Dweck's insights.
Also, Want Kids Who Can Stand up to What Life Throws at Them? Follow This Simple Advice
A Focus on the SMHS Experience
My Three Words
"Make the words such that they influence your choice of actions, encourage you to decide in favor of your goals, and guide you towards lasting results that you want to experience throughout the year." - Chris Brogan
My Three Words for 2018
Present - I want to be physically present for as many moments and events on campus and in my own family's lives, however, what I am thinking more about is actually being more mentally present. Enjoying and taking in each moment for what it is.
"Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment your breath is a gift." - Oprah Winfrey
Focus - There are so many competing interests and boundless noble efforts to pursue in education and in life, which ones to focus on? Here are a few things I will be focusing on: positivity, relationships, trust, kindness, accepting mistakes and learning from them, inspiring students and staff to reach their full potential, my families well-being, my well-being... (not always in this order).
"Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction." JFK
"The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus." Bruce Lee
Service - In the spirit of MLK Jr., I need to refresh my mind on the "why" of my work. I love working in a school setting because it is a goldmine for service of others. However, innately I am self-centered to a degree and this job pushes and reminds me of how important service of others is on a daily basis. Ironically, I always feel like the beneficiary when I serve with all my heart, mind, and spirit.
"We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." Gandhi
The beginning of the new year and the new semester is a wonderful time to teach students how to set SMART goals. Studies show goal setting:
- Increases motivation
- Increases persistence and creativity to achieve goals
- Increases achievement. One study showed an academic performance increase of 30%
- Increases help-seeking behaviors such as asking questions
- Increases sense of accomplishment and students are empowered to achieve more
Source: Turkay, S. (2014) Setting Goals: Who, Why, How?
Developing SMART goals
SMART goals are:
S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Attainable
R = Relevant, Rigorous, Realistic, and Results Focused
T = Timely and Trackable
- Provide practical examples for students. Start with a typical, but not especially SMART, goal:
- I will get a better grade on my progress report.
- Show how to make it SMARTer:
- I will get at least a C on all my math tests, and at least a B on most of my quizzes and homework assignments.
- Then include an action plan and benchmarks. Here is a stronger SMART goal: In the next grading period, I will raise my math grade to a C or higher. I will review homework at least two days before tests and quizzes so that I can ask the teacher questions about what I don't understand. I will do my math homework before I do things with friends. I will put away my phone while doing my homework. When I get anything wrong, I will make sure to ask the teacher, or one of my classmates how they got the right answer.
- Adapted from SMART goal setting
- Here is One teacher's path to teaching students goal setting (includes downloads, group activities, and tools used with 2-8th graders - adaptable for all grades).
Additional Goal-Focused Work Tips
- Limit amount of goals, 1-2 is best
- Remind students the skill takes time and practice to develop
- Ensure goals are written
- Provide opportunity for students to check their progress and have considered how they will monitor their progress
- Pair students with an "accountability partner" to check in with daily or weekly and encourage problem-solving together if students encounter barriers to meeting their goal.
- Consider incorporating a “challenge” such as 30-day Homework Challenge or focus on a specific theme for students to set a goal from our PRIDE behavioral expectations
- Call home and share the good news
- Share news with AP/principal, a fellow teacher, counselor, or case manager. Also can nominate the student for Student of the Term or provide the student with PBIS recognition slip.
- Give the student a high-five or fist-bump.
- Give meaningful praise: WOW! You worked hard to meet that goal! You must be so proud! Or, Good for you! What did you do that allowed you to meet your goal?
Adapted from: Goal setting in the classroom, edweek.org blog