"All IN" The Know

MMM #19 - Jan. 21st - 24th

Thought for the Week

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WHAT'S HAPPENING (1/21 - 1/24)

Thank you for continuing your intentional efforts toward building student-student connections in the classroom.


Monday:

  • MLK Jr. Day - School Closed


Tuesday:

  • Late Start / Team Day Meetings - Various Classrooms
  • ASB Blood Drive in Gym
  • CTE Family Information Workshop - 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 in Theater


VARSITY BOYS & GIRLS BASKETBALL @ SAN MARCOS HS

JV BOYS & GIRLS BASKETBALL @ TORREY PINES HS

FROSH / JV / VARSITY GIRLS SOCCER @ TORREY PINES HS

FROSH / JV / VARSITY BOYS SOCCER @ SAN MARCOS HS

VARSITY GIRLS WATER POLO @ MOUNT MIGUEL HS


Wednesday:

  • Adam @ DO


Thursday:

  • New Teacher Meeting in Rm 301 (7:40 - 8:00 a.m.)
  • Adam @ NISL


FROSH / JV / VARSITY GIRLS SOCCER @ LA COSTA CANYON HS

FROSH / JV / VARSITY BOYS SOCCER @ SAN MARCOS HS

FROSH / JV / VARSITY WRESTLING @ CARLSBAD HS

JV / VARSITY GIRLS WATER POLO @ PALOMAR COLLEGE


Friday:

  • Adam @ NISL
  • Winter Sports Assembly Pr. 2 in Gym
  • Pie-A- Staff Member WE Fundraiser Event @ Lunch


VARSITY BOYS & GIRLS BASKETBALL @ SAN MARCOS HS

JV BOYS & GIRLS BASKETBALL @ MISSION HILLS HS


Saturday:

  • Saturday School in Cafe 8 - noon


FROSH BOYS BASKETBALL @ CARLSBAD HS

FROSH / JV WRESTLING @ POWAY HS

SMHS STORIES TO SHARE

SMHS Salsa Band Performs at SD Equity Conference

Our very own SMHS Salsa Band, under the direction of Matt Armstrong, had the opportunity to perform in front of hundreds of educators last week at the S.D. Equity Conference held at the Convention Center. Congrats Matt and students for this honor!
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Gearing Up for Competition

Our Alpha Knights FIRST Robotics Team were hard at work over the long weekend designing aspects of their robot for this year’s challenging competition. They’ve also begun preliminary training and tryouts for the driver position and completed a lot of their field test components.

Girls Basketball Defeat Carlsbad

Our Girls Basketball defeated 15-4 - Carlsbad, 56 - 40 Friday evening. Lead scoring by Senior Izzy Flores, who earned a career-high 28 points. Congrats Coach DiCarlo and ladies for a great start to league play.
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Student of the Term Luncheon

Shout-out to all of our Student of the Term Recipients for their honorable contributions and efforts in the classroom. Love seeing the meaningful connections this event creates between students and staff. Grateful to ASB for hosting!
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Cheer & Band Participate in Albertson's Grand Re-Opening Celebration

Last week Albertson donated $3,000 to SMHS in recognition of being a community partner. Our cheer and band students were present during the ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the re-furbished site.
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Comp Cheer Qualify for USA Nationals!

Congrats to our Comp Cheer Team who placed 2nd in all Game Day divisions and qualified for USA Nationals on February 15th. Way to go Team! Thanks, Coach Gigi for your leadership.
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"ALL IN" FOR LEARNING

Whoever is doing the talking is doing the learning!

I love this statement for its simplicity and power. Classrooms that maximize opportunities for students to construct knowledge, problem solve, analyze, and collaborate through student dialogue are providing a richer learning environment for all.


In her book, Brilliance by Design, Vicki Halsey explains that if organizations want participants to be as knowledgeable and excited about the content as the teacher, they need to shift the focus from the teacher to the participants. As Halsey explains, “Active involvement with concepts—versus passive listening—enhances learning and application. The more active, rigorous practice the learner does with your content, the more automatic and natural it will be to use that content.”


Check out this article, Talking to Learn - Educational Leadership ASCD - to learn more about why we should be implementing student-driven discussions and some traps to avoid.


Note: The picture to the side is of Mr. Stevens-Wills ELA students create their own podcasts analyzing a recent text.

WELLNESS CORNER

Teen Depression

Depression is a medical condition that interferes with a child’s life and may have long-lasting effects on personal, social, and academic performance.


Consider these facts:


1. Depression begins in adolescence.

• At least half of all cases of depression begin by age 14.

2. Teen depression is common.

• By the end of their teen years, 20% will have had depression.

3. Depression is treatable.

• More than 85% of teens improve with a combination of medication and therapy.

4. Untreated depression has serious consequences.

It can lead to:

• Substance abuse

• Academic failure

• Bullying

• Suicide, which is the second leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds.


Signs of Depression: What Adults May Notice


Not all children have all of these warning signs. In fact, most will display different behaviors at different times and in different settings. It’s important to pay particular attention to changes in their physical condition and behaviors to look for clues that a student might be in distress. All students may exhibit one or more of these symptoms for a short period of time - however, if you notice these changes over a prolonged period (2 weeks or more), it may be an indication that additional support is needed.


  • Irritable or cranky mood

  • Memory and/or concentration problems

  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt or making critical comments about themselves

  • Loss of interest in sports or other activities, withdrawal from friends and family, relationship problems

  • Weight loss or excessive weight gain

  • Excessive late-night activities, having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, having trouble getting up in the morning, frequently late for school

  • Taking a long time to complete normal tasks

  • Social withdrawal, napping, withdrawal from usual activities, boredom

  • Anger outbursts and/or having behavior problems at home or school,

  • Being overly sensitive to rejection

  • Poor performance at school, drop in grades, frequent absences

  • Frequent complaints of physical pain (headache, stomachache), frequent visits to the school nurse

  • Continuous feelings of hopelessness and/or preoccupation that life is meaningless

  • Writing about death, giving away favorite toys or belongings, “You’d be better off without me.”

  • If you have ANY concerns a student may be suicidal, contact the counseling office immediately.


Next week we will review strategies to support students who may be struggling with depression. Information gathered from:


NASP

Family Aware.org

Classroom Mental Health

2nd Semester - Student Social-Emotional Groups

SMHS will be offering a number of groups to provide social-emotional tools and support to students. Please consider posting these fliers in your classroom or sharing directly with students who might benefit in order to inform students about the opportunities. Most groups start the end of January/beginning of February.
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YEARBOOK SHOT OF THE WEEK

Photographer - Gianna Mosca
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BE PASSIONATE, BE YOURSELVES, GO KNIGHTS!!

Empowering personal growth and honorable contributions of ALL KNIGHTS through a rigorous and nurturing learning environment.


How am I supporting the mission & vision of SMHS daily....??