Happy Veterans Day! These are pictures of MY favorite veteran, retired Staff Sergeant Kenneth H. Faerber, US Air Force. My dad spent 20 years in the service, serving in the Korean Conflict and serving two tours during the Vietnam War. Later he volunteered many hours for AMVETS, serving in the Honor Guard and volunteered his time to help veterans in many other aspects, as well. He taught me to love my country, to respect the flag, and to appreciate all veterans and soldiers for their service.
My daughter found this online IQ test tonight and proudly announced her score. I decided I had nothing better to do (other than lesson plans) so I thought I’d give it a whirl. The questions are difficult, but I’m proud to say that I did score higher than my daughter!
Interested to see how YOU would score? Take the test and find out. Comment your score!
Last week, our 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams at McDowell sponsored a PINK day in order to raise breast cancer awareness. They asked that all students wear pink to show their support for breast cancer victims and donate money for breast cancer research. I’m proud of all my students for sporting their pink! The volleyball teams collected over $500 to donate to the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I’m thankful for our volleyball girls for helping raise this awareness in our school. Latest studies show that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer. Let’s hope that with continued research a cure will be found!
My Advanced Language Arts students are participating in the 2014 Student Blogging Challenge. Some students are experienced bloggers while others are giving it a try for the very first time. It’s going to be fun and exciting watching these students develop their blogs and their writing skills! I welcome you to check out their blogs, read their posts, leave comments, and revisit often throughout the year!
Last week I gave my students a writing assignment. It was one of those “Would you rather…” topics that I enjoy giving because I love to read how each student responds. Last week’s topic was “Would you rather have parents who are rich and buy you everything you want, but don’t spend much time with you OR have parents who don’t have much money to buy you things, but spend a lot of time with you?” The response? Of the 70 students who responded to my poll question, 70% said that they would rather have TIME spent with their parents than the material things that money can buy!
Here are some comments from their responses that I thought were noteworthy:
“I also think that if my parents spent a lot of time with me, I would not really have much time to think about what I don’t have, and I would rather have an experience than a tangible item.”
“It doesn’t matter if your parents are rich or not. It matters how much time your parents are willing to give up for you.”
“I mean having parents that can spend time with you is a lot better than having parents that don’t spend a lot of time with you.”
“Having a lot of money would be nice, but money can’t love me, or spend time with me.”
“One reason I feel this way is I want to have good memories with my family by spending time together and having fun.”
“Bottom line. I don’t need 50 million dollars, tons of toys or a mansion. I NEED MY MOM. (Sorry Dad).”
Of course, not all students agreed. There were some students (30%) who felt that they would rather have rich parents and they gave some very practical points in supporting their opinion:
“My parents always complain about how they want to win the lottery, so if we were rich they would not complain.”
“Another reason is you could have a maid and you would never have to clean anything up again.”
“I would rather have rich parents because I would not get grounded as much because they would not be around to ground me as much.”
As a parent, I find their responses eye-opening. Even when it seems like our children are always asking for something, it doesn’t seem to be what is really important to them. We really don’t need to buy our kids much—just spend some quality time with them. They really just want US. Not sure what to do? Click on this link to give you some ideas!
What do you think? Do you agree with the 70% of my students who want to spend time with their parents? Feel free to comment and share your opinion!
Logan Elm Schools were on a two-hour delay this morning due to foggy conditions in our area. The announcement came to me via a text message on my phone at 6:00am. Fortunately, this announcement gave my daughters some extra sleep time, which they desperately needed. Unfortunately, I had already been in our basement and had just completed 30 minutes of exercise on the elliptical. No going back to sleep for me!
Also, unfortunately, the One Call Now system that our school district uses to notify parents and students of such delays did NOT work this morning. Many students were not aware that we were operating on a delay. It was announced on local TV news channels, but if you don’t make a habit of turning on the news as soon as you get up in the morning, you missed the announcement (and some extra minutes of sleep)!
If this happened to YOU, I encourage you to sign up for a text alert through one of our local news channels. I receive mine from the local ABC station, WSYX Channel 6. I receive my text alert often 30-40 minutes before I receive my phone call through the One Call Now system. It’s easy to sign up to receive these text alerts, just click here. I also receive daily weather alerts, which is another option.
Another way to stay informed of important announcements from Logan Elm Schools is to follow them on twitter @loganelmschools.
Today marks the start of a GREAT school year! And I do mean GREAT! I have been so excited to get back to school this year because I know that means there are GREAT things in store for all of us! I know that my students are going to become better readers and writers throughout the school year and that gets me excited!
But first, I’d like to give a shout out to my students from last year!I am extremely proud of them. When I received their OAA scores, I just wanted to give them all a “high 5″. To be honest, I really just wanted to hug them and give them a great big pat on the back and a “Great job! I’m so proud of you!”. They really put forth a tremendous effort on their OAA tests (I couldn’t have asked for more), and their results reflected that effort. Most importantly (at least in MY eyes, if not the State of Ohio’s), I am extremely proud of the personal growth that they showed, especially during the last two months of the school year. There were days at the end of the year when I had to do a double take and ask myself “Are these really the same kids that walked into my room last August!?” Wow. I know their 8th grade teachers will enjoy them this year!
And now for today, the first day of another school year. After meeting each of my students today, I am even MORE excited! There are a lot of changes and challenges in our curriculum and testing this year, but I am as excited as ever to prepare my students for those challenges!
I hope that all the teachers and students who are starting another school year feel as excited as I do. IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT YEAR!!
Think back to all of the teachers that you have had in your education. Has there been one special teacher who you remember with fond memories? A teacher who made you feel special? A teacher who made a difference in your life?
This is Teacher Appreciation Week and you can take a moment NOW to say “Thank You” to that teacher. Farmers Insurance is on a mission to “Thank a Million Teachers”. You can click on this LINK and give some recognition to that teacher or teachers. It’s VERY EASY!!
Go ahead. Do it. It will make their day!
Please show your support for JDRF and help your class win the Penny War and bring your change! Pennies count as a POSITIVE, so you want to put those in the 7th grade jar. Silver coins count as negative points, so put those in the 8th grade jar!
For more information about JDRF, please watch this video.
Every single day, there are people who could use something to smile about. YOU could be that something for someone today. As you go about your day today, NOTICE people around you! Does someone look a little down in the dumps? A little sad? Worried? Nervous? Hurt? YOU can make a difference for that person today!
I challenge you today to do or say something that will put a smile on someone’s face. It doesn’t have to be a big gesture. Often a smile given to that person can do the trick.
What ideas do you have on how to be the reason someone smiles today? Please comment and share!