This time of year can create a sense of passiveness or lethargy in energy, creativity, and health. Living in Northeast Ohio and walking outside to cloudiness and unpredictable weather only adds to the feeling of waiting and wishing for a change. No human is immune to these feelings...especially after the holidays. Taking care of yourself will best equip you for emotions that can arise this time of year.
Weathering the storm
When a storm is predicted you prepare the best that you can as a homeowner, motorist, or tourist. Your experiences, along with trusting others who have been in similar conditions, best equip you with the knowledge that you need to get through these situations. Likewise, in your life, there are many people that you encounter that have experienced the trials of good and bad times. Listening to the wisdom of family members and trusted adults can provide insight into the best ways to get through difficult times. Knowing that there are others who are experiencing these feelings, or passiveness is an important reality to remember. You are not in this alone. In order to equip yourself fully, it is important to talk to others and share how you are feeling instead of letting the "storm" grow inside of your life. The third quarter of a school year can be compared to the 7th inning stretch in baseball: the time of year where students can become very restless and lethargic. Every student can fall into this restless period- it is important that parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators work collaboratively to guide students through this seasonal experience.
Creating new habits
The best way to get out of the third quarter blues is to create new habits and routines. This is easier said than done. Students need to choose this response to create the new outcomes that they desire. Light energizes each of us. During the winter, the days seem shorter due to the change in season and the tilt of the earth. Our bodies adjust to this change and we need to create new routines to increase our energy. In the same way, the third quarter can create a "tilt" in our energy to stay on top of our work, exercise, and past routines. Many students may fall into this trap of the third quarter and wonder what happened when the quarter ends in early March. Instead of wondering where the time went---reestablish the routines that you set forth in the first and second quarters and plowshare the noise of the third quarter.
Preparing for tomorrow by living today
In his book, Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Program, Urban Meyer discusses the success formula that can catapult our responses to any event in our lives. This formula is simple: E + R = O (Event + Response = Outcome) We don’t control the events in life and we don’t directly control the outcomes. However, we always have control over how we choose to respond. His approach to athletes can align perfectly with our response to events in our life. The key indicator is leadership. This leadership is not only what I can control as a principal. It is what WE can lead as parents, teachers, and coaches to our children--along with how we can support each other in the process. We all need to ask the question--exactly what is it that I am after each day? Having this clarity of purpose will allow us to keep our responses "above the line" of being intentional, purposeful, and skillful whereas living "below the line" of being impulsive, and on autopilot.
Six R Factor Disciplines that Urban Meyer teaches:
(Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Program)
1. Press Pause – gives you time to think, gets you off autopilot, avoid doing something foolish or harmful, focus on acting with purpose
2. Get Your Mind Right – What you focus on, how you talk to yourself, productive vs negative mindset, Irritated Mindset or Survival Mindset (both below the line) vs. Purpose mindset (above the line)
3. Step Up – Understand the situation, understand what is required of you and respond above the line
4. Adjust & Adapt – Consider the current path of your R Factor habits. Where are they taking you? Where do you want to go? Adjust.
5. Make a Difference – take complete ownership of the experience you give others and your contribution to the team’s culture
6. Build Skill – Elite performers build skill above their talents. Talent is a gift, greatness is a choice.
Under pressure, we do not rise to the occasion. We rise or fall to the level of our training. Therefore, train far beyond the finish line of the third quarter and the outcomes will catapult the goals that you set for yourself.
Images of the Week
Students in Dr. Schneider's AP Physics C course prepare and analyze their center of mass studies. The center of mass is a position defined relative to an object or system of objects. It is the average position of all the parts of the system, weighted according to their masses. This comprehensive lab guides the students in their preparation for the AP Exam that will be conducted this May.
Videos of the Week
Students in Senora Tekavec's Spanish class are using Google Expeditions to explore Argentina today! Google Expeditions is an immersive education app that allows teachers and students to explore the world through over 1000 virtual-reality (VR) and 100 augmented-reality (AR) tours.
Creative Writing Club is an open club where students can try many different writing exercises with an inclusive music-filled environment. It has a very loose structure and is open to any student who wishes to grow their creative writing skills. As a club, we would like to invite all Chardon High School Students to a meeting Wednesday, January 22nd at 8:00 AM in room 214. Come to learn what creative writing club is about and see if you would like to join!
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Chardon Goes to the Musicals
Thanks to the work of Mrs. Fullerman, Chardon Schools has another opportunity to go see musicals at Playhouse Square. Please find the attached flyer for Jesus Christ Superstar. (Money due no later than Wednesday, January 29). As a reminder, this is not a fundraiser, just an opportunity to enjoy Playhouse Square, the second largest theater district outside of Broadway.
It's Flu Season: Take Precaution
A message from Jan Hoffman:
We are in the midst of the flu season. It traditionally begins to increase in October and can last as late as May. Cases typically peak between December and February. The CDC states that a vaccine effectiveness in the range of 40% to 60% has been observed. This means that people who get vaccinated may still get sick, but they are about half as likely to get sick as someone who was not vaccinated. Another important thing to remember is that vaccination may make illness less severe in people who get vaccinated and still get sick. Dr. Roy Buchinsky, Dir. of Wellness for University Hospitals said “Vaccines are not perfect, but they are powerful in preventing the flu illness. It is not too late to get your flu vaccine if you have not yet received one this season.”
Drama Club: Grades 7-10
Hippie Flower Power: A Musical Tribute to the '60's
The students of Valley Dale High School want to stage a battle of the bands between the girls’ band, Flower Power, and the boys’ band, Peter, Paul, and Harry. When their request is denied, they try to get a permit at the city park by claiming it’s a fundraiser for their Hug-a-Tree foundation. When they are shut down again, Ole MacDonald’s farm comes to their rescue if they agree to produce the Cornstalk Music Festival. Throngs of people begin to arrive, including Big Mama’s Bikers, who try to destroy everything. When The Kooks, a top British rock group, arrive on the scene, everything goes wild! Your cast and crew will have tons of fun recreating all the colorful fun of the sixties with groovy clothing, psychedelic backdrops, and six original songs that sound straight out of the era.
Parent Teacher Conferences
CHS Parents can begin signing up for the final Parent Teacher Conferences of the year. Conferences are February 4, 2020. Likewise, on the same night, the school counselors and department chairs will be presenting the District CCP Information session along with the CHS Curriculum Night. This will be held at 6:30 pm in the CMS LGIR. The purpose of moving this event to the LGIR is due to the lack of available space at the high school due to the basketball game that will be in the gym.
There is so much we can all learn from Martin Luther King, Jr, and not just on the day off we get once a year to commemorate his life! The enclosed is a simple read from Peter Jones of the Job Network.
Here are 5 powerful lessons from Dr. King that could help you live better, do better, and go further.
1. Ask why.
And more importantly, ask “why not?” If someone tells you something is impossible, ask this very important question to figure out why they are so convinced, and whether you might be able to offer a solution no one else had seen. When looking for answers to some of the biggest questions of a generation, Dr. King turned to other sources for inspiration. This teaches us the answers to our problems will often come from unexpected corners, and how important it is to learn from other people and other cultures as much as we can.
2. You can’t change change.
Change is constant. Dr. King was initially hesitant to join in the 1963 March on Washington, but he adapted to the evolving movement and ended up leading one of the most moving and effective platforms for social change. Be adaptable. Realize that change is inevitable. All you can control is what you do in the face of it.
3. Find where you can give, not just receive.
Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” In stressful times, it becomes very difficult to focus on anyone but ourselves. But this is a moral requirement, and increasingly more so in our interconnected, fast-paced world. When you’re in a rut, focus on helping people—you’ll be surprised at what a difference that can make.
4. Tune out the critics.
As long as you’ve chosen a path that’s good and a cause that you are passionate about, and as long as you’re pursuing both with integrity, honesty, and concern for others, then you’ll need to tune out the haters now and then. People will always be critical. Rejection will always happen, particularly in the course of a career. But if you know you’re doing the right thing, you should keep doing it.
5. Leave a legacy.
Think about what sort of mark you want to leave on the world. Is the work you’re doing going to make a difference to the next generation? Even if you can’t make an impact on the same scale as Dr. King, you can figure out ways to leave your workplace, industry, etc., a little better off for your having been there.
Jones, Peter. "5 Life Lessons You Can Learn from Martin Luther King, Jr.." TheJobNetwork. 16 Jan. 2017. Web. 15 Jan. 2020. <https://www.thejobnetwork.com/5-life-lessons-you-can-learn-from-martin-luther-king-jr-012017/>
Have a great weekend with family and friends! See you on Tuesday!
Mr. Murray, Principal
Coming Next Week: Details of February 25, 2020 ACT Day/Blended Learning Day