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3-7 September - One Month Down

posted Sep 2, 2018, 3:50 AM by HSD Principal   [ updated Sep 2, 2018, 4:03 AM ]
You've made it through the first month of school! Thanks for all the work you have put in so far in getting the year off to a good start. This is MSD Friendship Week, so you'll see costumes and hijinks on the other side of campus. Don't worry, costumes and hijinks are coming your way soon enough.

School photos for high school students will be taken on Monday in Cadd 119-120. Crystal sent instructions and a schedule to everyone affected. We'd also like a picture of you, so stop by when you're free on Monday or Tuesday to get your picture taken.

Steve Hong is again running his World Lit "Jew for a Day" activity. See the email he sent for all the details. If you are hearing about this for the first time, you're probably thinking, "How is this a thing!?" The activity has been evaluated each year it has been conducted and students have always found it a really powerful and empathy-building experience. Feel free to participate at whatever level you are comfortable with.

Tuesday for ASERT, high school will be attending a session with a trainer from Foundational Teacher Training Portfolio (FTTP). Come to Tipunan at 1:40 with a device and a willingness to learn.

ExCo will be hosting the first prayer vigil of the year on Saturday, 8 September, from 6-8 pm in Tipunan. If you are able, feel free to come and join students in praying for each other and our community. Following our theme of being Better Together, we would like to pray for your requests. The prayer request box will be in the high school office all week and any submitted requests will be prayed for during the vigil on Saturday.

Next week is Spirit Week (costumes and hijinks). So that houses have time to get their acts together (literally), both homeroom on Thursday and activity period on Friday are reserved for performance practice. Next Tuesday, houses will all get a chance to practice on stage after school. House performances will be in Cadd during chapel time on Wednesday, 12 September. Again, feel free to participate in the costumes and hijinks as much as you feel comfortable.

Students' video game obsessions have been the topic of many a study in recent years. This article talks about three psychological needs that games like Fortnite meet for students:
We look for competence — the need for mastery, progression, achievement, and growth. We need autonomy — the need for volition and freedom of control over our choice. And finally, we strive for relatedness — the need to feel like we matter to others and that others matter to us.
Unfortunately, often school is "in many ways the antithesis of a place where kids feel competence, autonomy, and relatedness." But that is not necessarily how school needs to run. As you plan for this week, look for ways to foster feelings of competence, autonomy, and relatedness for your students - and maybe they won't stay up until 2:00am playing Fortnite.

And remember to scroll down and read the Teaching Tips section.