Thanksgiving Break is one of the major markers of the calendar year in all of our lives. It signals the arrival of fall in Texas, the near completion of a semester of school, and the beginning of a long winter break. One of the greatest aspects of this break is the almost forced reflection this day may cause in everyone’s life. The title alone says that this is a day to be thankful - and this is a very personal reflection. As we age, our notions of being thankful have also changed. This quote I chose to share is from one of my favorites of all time. Thoreau immediately takes me back to my senior AP English class. What I was thankful for back in Kingwood, Texas as a seventeen year old is definitely different than as a father of three, husband to a wonderful wife, and educator in the best district in the state. Thanksgiving is one of the rare days that you are allowed, and nearly expected, to talk to your children about the important things in life. Take the time to have this conversation during the break. Whether this occurs during the Turkey Trot, watching the first holiday movie of the year, driving to do some shopping, or just hanging on the couch, take the time to discuss the ideas of happiness with appreciation – which is my simple explanation of being thankful.
We wanted to keep you up to date on student professional development. A few weeks ago we offered an iPad Base Camp for Sophomores (similar to the one we offered for Freshman). All Sophomores experienced hands-on stations (during their SS class) that supported them with reaching optimal instructional and organizational usage of their device with applications like Notability and tools like "Speak Selection" and "Text to Speech" which are embedded within the software of the device.
Additionally, based on student feedback, we will be offering a series of Lunch and Learns for students at the Juice Bar in the library:
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