SMHS Insider - Week 18

Jan. 16th - 19th

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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Upcoming Happenings for the Week!

Monday - (MLK JR. Day)

(The 2 Greatest Martin Luther King Jr. Speeches You've Never Heard)


Tuesday -

  • 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


Wednesday -

  • PTO Meeting @ 4:30


8:30 VARSITY GIRLS WATER POLO @ PALOMAR COLLEGE

7:45 JV GIRLS WATER POLO @ PALOMAR COLLEGE


Thursday -

  • 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


Friday -

  • 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


Saturday -


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 hope you all had a restful and rejuvenating winter break! In the spirit of our team sports accomplishments over the break, I saw this tweet and wanted to share, "Just as players feed off their coaches, students feed off their teachers. The attitude you bring back to school will directly impact those of your students. Create positive welcoming environments where relationships can be built and learning take place." - Brandon Mowinkel


I wish you all an awesome start to the 2nd Semester

A SMHS STORY TO TELL

Lady Knights Basketball - Holiday Tournament Champs

Our Lady Knights are the 2017 Holiday Prep Classic WNBA Division Champs. Congrats to our girls and dedicated coaches. # trustthesystem #enjoythejourney
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Boys Soccer Nike Champs

Over the break Boys Soccer won the Nike So Cal High School Classic tournament. The boys are ranked #2 in San Diego, Top #10 in Southern California and Top #15 in CA. Congrats to the boys and their dedicated coaches on an awesome start to the season!
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Shane Finney Surprised with ROTC Scholarship

Wednesday before the break Shane was surprised by high- ranking Marine officials with an ROTC scholarship at participating ROTC colleges, specifically Yale or Cornell to which he is hoping to be accepted. Shane was ranked number one out of 200 applicants in all of San Diego County. Thank you, Coach Williams, and all of his amazing teachers for being rock-solid role models and constantly encouraging Shane along the way.
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Knights Basketball - Champions of the ESPN Holiday Tournament

Over the break, the Knights Basketball Team traveled to Florida for the ESPN Wide World of Sports Holiday Tournament. The Knights beat East Ridge 57 - 33 in the final matchup of the tournament. Congratulations boys and dedicated coaches for a great start to the season.
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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!

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Holiday Luncheon Rewind

Thank you, Social Club for a fantastic Holiday Luncheon prior to the break. Congrats to Chris Geldert, Scott Campbell and Andrew Golembiewski for winning the ugly sweater contest! That thing was bad.
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Raising Hardy and Resilient Teens

Carol Dweck, Mindset, A New Psychology of Success wrote, "Why hide deficiencies instead of overcoming them? Why look for friends or partners who will just shore up your self-esteem instead of ones who will also challenge you to grow? And why seek out the tried and true, instead of experiences that will stretch you? The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives."


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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=15&v=_X0mgOOSpLU

A Focus on the SMHS Experience

As I look at this list I am proud of the experiences SMHS provides to our students, parents/guardians, and community members when they enter our building, offices, and classrooms. We are not only building intelligent human beings but thoughtful and kind individuals who truly care for one another.
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My Three Words

I was inspired by Jennifer Hogan's, My Three Words for 2018 post and decided to do one for myself that I will share with you all.


"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

WELLNESS CORNER

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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


  1. Provide practical examples for students. Start with a typical, but not especially SMART, goal:
  2. I will get a better grade on my progress report.
  3. Show how to make it SMARTer:
  4. 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.
  5. 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.



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
  • Celebrate!
    • 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

Be Passionate ... Be Yourselves ...

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