Time is a gift
Is anyone else looking at the calendar and wondering how it came be December already? The time just seems to fly by and before we know it, we will be ringing in 2019! While many are counting down the days to Dec. 25th, others are counting down the days to final exams, presentations, & projects. We’ve had a tremendous semester and I’m confident it will wrap up with many successes. I hope in the coming days and weeks of hustle and bustle that you and your students are able to find some time to slow down and share some special moments that you will hold dear when they have left their nest. Sometimes, presence can be the greatest present of all!
The Gift of Resiliency
If you have been reading this newsletter each month, then you know one of our goals this year is to help students build their sense of self-efficacy, their belief that they are in control of their success. Developing a sense of resiliency is essential in building self-efficacy because resiliency is what helps us bounce back from difficulties-be they physical, academic, personal, etc. Some of us parents, myself included, can be tempted to swoop in and “fix” things for our students, which prevents them from developing this all-important characteristic. Similarly, when we help them choose a path that “easy,” we withhold from them the discovery of their ability to “bounce back.”
Mr. Dee Hurt, one of our counselors, offers these seven concepts below to parents and educators alike as ways we can help give our students the gift of resiliency. These seven concepts are from Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings by Kenneth Ginsburg
The 7 Cs: The Essential Building Blocks of Resilience
Competence: When we notice what young people are doing right and give them opportunities to develop important skills, they feel competent. We undermine competence when we don’t allow young people to recover themselves after a fall.
Confidence: Young people need confidence to be able to navigate the world, think outside the box, and recover from challenges.
Character: Young people need a clear sense of right and wrong and a commitment to integrity.
Contribution: Young people who contribute to the well-being of others will receive gratitude rather than condemnation. They will learn that contributing feels good and may therefore more easily turn to others, and do so without shame.
Coping: Young people who possess a variety of healthy coping strategies will be less likely to turn to dangerous quick fixes when stressed.
Control: Young people who understand privileges and respect are earned through demonstrated responsibility will learn to make wise choices and feel a sense of control.
Attendance – 90% at 90%
Currently, 88% of our students have 90% attendance. That is tremendous! Thanks for your help in making sure your student is at school each day, on time, all day. We have 15 days left before break and we hope to see all students present and on-time each one of those days. These last days and weeks of the semester are so very important as teachers conclude units of study, conduct reviews for final exams, and hold the last projects and presentations. Our attendance goal for the year is 89% at 90% if we keep this momentum up, we can meet our goal.
Monday Dec. 17th through Friday Dec. 21st. Monday-Thurs. will be BLOCK Schedules, Friday will be an ALL schedule
Monday 12/17-Finals Blocks 3 and 7.
Tuesday 12/18-Finals Blocks 4 and 8.
Wednesday 12/19-Finals Blocks 1 and 5.
Thursday 12/20-Finals Blocks 2 and 6.
Friday 12/21-Make-ups and final classroom activities.
It’s Concert Season!
Orchestra Concert-Mon. 12/3 at 6:00 pm
Band Concert-Weds. 12/5 at 7:00 pm
Choir Concert-Mon. 12/17 at 7:00 pm
Once again our Concert Choir has made it to the Top 4 Finalists for the 99.7 Christmas Choir Competition! Hear them and the other three choirs perform this Sunday, Dec. 9th at 1pm at Independence Center. The winner of the $5,000 grand prize is announced at the conclusion of the performance.
CHEER TEAM TAKES STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!!!
Some other items worth cheering about…
Our winter sports are off and running with many tournaments and duals going on. Checkout all the updates HERE
Congrats to Jacob Presler for making All State Honorable Mention Band, 2nd chair Euphonium and to Nick Stabile for making All State Band 6th Chair Tuba. These two young men competed alongside 1200 students for this honor.
Once again Truman High School hosted a successful Independence Winter Classic Debate and Forensics Tournament this past weekend. Some stats: 34: schools from Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska attended. 80: rooms used for competition. 500: parents, alums, Rotarians, and community members who came to judge. 596: individual students we hosted. 717: competitive entries that were scheduled, performed, judged, and tabulated.
Special Olympics Basketball has started. First tournament is January 5 in Belton and February 23 in Joplin. Keep an eye out for our annual Truman vs. Chrisman rivalry game.
Upcoming ACT Dates: December 8th, Feb. 9th, April 13th, June 8th, July 13th. For registration deadlines for these dates, click HERE
Summit Tech Academy: There will be a Field Trip to STA on this Friday, Dec. 7th. Permission notes are required. For more information on STA click HERE
KC SCHOLARS- For parents of 9th and 11th only:
The KC Scholars scholarship application opens on January 1 and the deadline to apply is March 1, 2019.
For the Ladies!—Ladies ages 12-18: SMART Girls Conference 2018: HERstory (Dec. 7th 5:30pm) Hosted by Independence Boys & Girls Club (315 S. Leslie Ave. Independence, MO). Free food & goody bags! Shay Moore from Hot 103 Jamz is the keynote speaker. Free & open to the public. Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smart-girls-conference-2018-herstory-tickets-52090717739
Mark Your Calendars:
Dec. 4th-Dodgeball Fundraiser
Dec. 6th and 7th-Market Day during lunch
Dec. 17th-Choir Concert-7:00 pm-Auditorium
12/21-Last Day before Winter Break AND PACK THE HOUSE GAME AND DANCE
Jan. 3rd-Students report back. ALL Day schedule
Jan. 18th-Teacher PD Day-No School
Jan. 21st-MLK, Jr. Holiday-No school
Jan. 24th- ACADEMY JAMBOREE
Key Club is collecting gently used and new shoes. We are in a competition against William Chrisman and Van Horn to see who can bring in the most. These shoes will help the Missouri Chapter to Stop Human Trafficking win $1000 to support victims and survivors. So, clean out those closets and bring your shoes to room 218!
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Finally, we need your help!
We have a bit of a laundry list of items we could use your help with:
- Please help ensure our students are arriving to school on time each day.
- Please remind all students, but especially seniors, to check their ISD emails each day, or at the very least, once a week. Invitations to field trips, special experiences, important reminders and deadlines all come via student email.
- Parents of seniors, please remind students to check their names in the counseling center for graduation diplomas and program. About half of our senior class still hasn’t done this.