At Ballard High School, our mission is to maximize every minute with our students to provide them high level, responsive, engaging instruction in a safe, student-centered environment where all are treated with dignity and kindness.
For the first time in years, it looks like we will not have to worry about make-up days from snow, so we will actually have our Parent-Teacher conferences during a work day (thank goodness none of those long days with afternoon/evening conferences!). That day is February 27, a week from Monday. We will be available for parents 7:30-11:00 am and 12:00-2:30 pm. The timing lines up well with the end of the first grading period of the 2nd semester. Please remember that grades must be entered by 3:00 pm Tuesday.
Also, since there has been no snow, we will have a flexible PD day Monday, March 13. If you have at least 18 PD hours (including the 6 hours for opening day for teachers) by that date, you get the day off for a long weekend!
PGES & KY FRAMEWORK FOR TEACHING
If you are looking for sources of inspiration for your classroom, this site has a list of 68 recommended blogs for K-12 educators.
This site has a critical thinking infographic you can download to make a poster with questions to have students answer in order to think critically about new information.
Here you can learn about an app called Meetoo that allows for real time polling, Q & A, and discussion comments during class. It might be a solution to get some reluctant students to participate.
Power of Positivity
Can You Go 24 Hours Without Complaining? Here’s How. . .
This writer, along with 99.99% of all human beings to have ever existed is guilty of complaining at one time or another. Why? Because it’s human nature.
Humans don’t like discomfort in any way, shape or form. Unfortunately, one of the most common ways to express our discomfort is by voicing our discomfort to anyone who is willing (or, in many cases, unwilling) to listen.
Here’s the root of the problem: complaining achieves absolutely nothing. It’s a worthless behavior with a zero-sum outcome. Nothing is gained, but much can be lost. We’re going to (with our best effort) describe some alternatives to this natural predisposition.
HERE ARE 11 WAYS TO STOP COMPLAINING:
1. DON’T LET OTHER PEOPLE INFLUENCE YOUR MOOD.
This one is easy to explain, but difficult to practice. It’s incredibly easy to allow others to alter your positive state of mind. Whether it’s your acquaintances, coworkers, and yes, even your friends and family, permitting an individual or group to adversely affect your mindset is a personal liability. Don’t allow it to happen.
2. WHEN A SITUATION IS LESS THAN IDEAL, TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND LOOK FOR A SOLUTION.
It’s human nature to impulsively react to a bad situation. This is when the conscious decision to inhale deeply can benefit. Deep breathing automatically sets your mind and body at ease; permitting you to make rational decisions to help resolve any situation.
3. REMEMBER THAT SOMETIMES BEING KIND IS BETTER THAN BEING RIGHT.
When conflict arises, it’s often our inner-pride that encourages us to “be in the right.” However, when attempting to amicably resolve an unideal scenario, sometimes it benefits ourselves and others to do so with a positive attitude.
4. FIT SOME TYPE OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INTO YOUR DAY.
Exercise is one of those activities that has been proven to reap both mental and physical rewards. As it pertains to the topic at hand, exercise is undoubtedly the most advantageous action one can take to balance their state of mind. This includes the mental fortitude often required to resist the temptation to complain.
5. BE KIND, LOVING, UNDERSTANDING AND PATIENT WITH YOURSELF. YOU’RE DOING THE BEST YOU CAN.
Self-compassion is key to avoiding self-criticism. Too often, we discipline ourselves far too harshly; whether this reaction involves complaining about oneself or others. Be compassionate with yourself and with others.
6. INTENTIONALLY SEARCH FOR THINGS TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT.
Also called gratitude, the gift of recognizing the good things in your life is also key to refraining from the impulse to complain. It’s rather simple. When we are consciously aware of the blessings bestowed upon us, we’re less likely to focus attention onto the not-so-good things.
7. DO THINGS THAT BRING YOU JOY.
We all require happiness in our lives. The lack of which often manifests into attitudes of bitterness and contempt. Of course, this often results in us finding fault wherever and whenever we can, justified or not. We must set aside time to do things that bring about feelings of joy.
8. DO SOMETHING KIND FOR SOMEONE ELSE.
Mother Teresa once said: “Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
NEWS & UPDATES
√ The Ballard Winter Guard took 1st place at the Tri-State Marching Competition this past weekend!
√ Big congratulations to Ballard students Josh Zaczek and Haseeb Tariq (and their coach, Daniel Grossberg) for winning their debate competition this weekend and advancing to the NCFL National Championship!
√ Congratulations to Adam Hartigan, the winner of the drawing Friday from those who participated in the Random Acts of Kindness activity. Adam wins an extra planning period!
√ Counselor Phil Johnston has accepted a new position at Male. We are advertising for a counselor right now and will (hopefully) start interviews some time next week.
√ Monday we welcome our new Youth Services Center Coordinator Runette Thomas! She will be at Ballard on Mondays, Tuesdays, and every other Friday. We are excited to have her here serving our students.
Happy Birthday in February to: Ronald Simmons (5th), Will Carter (6th), Colt Moore (7th), Sandy Klinglesmith (8th), Chris Renner (9th), Lakunta Farmer (10th), Gary Crume (12th), Don Evans (12th), Donna Gray (14th), Kim Marshall (15th), WS Walston (19th), Kevin Payne (20th), Kristy Holien (22nd), Lakisha May (23rd), Priscilla Murphy (26th), Nick Hibma (27th), Jackson Arnett (27th), and Ashley Ryan (28th)!