It is time for a break. Everyone is ready for a rest. Since the fall semester has gone into late December, it has been a long semester for all. We have had a fabulous week at WHS! Our quiet week compounded with a four day exams schedule seems to have been a success. While many may be expecting a traditional message, we are choosing to focus on the New Year since 2018 is only 10 days away! We would like to share some quotes and cartoons on the New Year’s Resolutions process!
The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.
- Melody Beattie
New Year's Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today, carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change. - Sarah Ban Breathnach
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something. - Neil Gaiman
Here’s to a fantastic New Year in 2018! For you senior parents, May will be here shortly. Enjoy the last Winter Break with your WHS student.
Please continue reading to see what stress relievers and new resources our students have been offered by our librarians and Ed Techs:
Last week our school library offered a 12 Days of Stress Relief with a variety of analog activities ranging from bookmark coloring, friendship bracelets, and playdoh to jenga and holiday card making. I decided to add a bullet journal component to the mix.
Students were provided with multiple resources to explore from goal and habit trackers to productivity bingo and a calendex. The calendex seemed to be the big hit.
If you are not familiar with this tool... it is essentially the mash-up of an index and a calendar. It is not meant to be a stand-alone calendar... more to use as a goal setting or goal-tracking tool in conjunction with a planner or bullet journal. All students have to do is create a quick key. For example, one could choose a red dot for days they have an exam, a blue dot for days they have a homework, and a green dot for days they have an after school activity. Linked here is a college student example to give you an idea of how people use these.
I took the liberty to create one for next semester based on our school calendar and have linked it here. The gray cells are days we have no school and the black cells are days that don't exist within the month (as each column has 31 cells but each month doesn't).
Stay tuned in January when we offer more task and time management tools and resources to support students.
Steve Ramsey: WHS Principal Blog
Principal's Weekly Reflections