Beginnings and Endings
The beginning of the school year is the perfect time for students to make some really important choices.
If they begin on a solid foundation of guiding principles and expectations, they are much more likely to experience a better end.
Key Ideas: New school year - Beginnings can determine outcomes - School culture - Guiding principles
Character Traits: Responsibility - Self-management - Reflection
Every school year students are confronted with a choice. Will it be a year like the
last, or can they learn from past mistakes and make it even better? What will they choose to write on their clean slate?
Key Idea: Getting a fresh start
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Positive attitude - Perseverance
Getting Your Z-Z-Zs * It's been said that without sleep we all become tall two-year-olds. How does sleep impact our performance?
... how we treat others? What is our personal responsibility when it comes to getting enough sleep?
Key Idea: Plenty of sleep improves performance at school - Importance of sleep to health and well-being
Character Traits: Responsibility - Self-respect - Management - Attitude
Go for the Goal ** Michael Phelps once said: “I want to be able to look back and say, ‘I’ve done everything I can, and I was successful.’” Students will examine the benefits of resolving to do one’s best to reach a goal so they will have no regrets, regardless of the outcome.
Key Ideas: New year - Resolving to do one’s best - Turning adversity into strength - Goal setting
Character Traits: Perseverance - Self-respect - Discipline
Going Back to the Future
* It's been said that remembering the past gives power to the present. Students have the opportunity to reflect on
both the mistakes and the successes of the past school year so they can learn from these experiences and be empowered to
set new goals for the upcoming school year.
Key Ideas: Learning from past mistakes - Memory and learning - Reflection
Character Traits: Responsibility - Wisdom
* Students examine their expectations for the school year and how the first days of school can set the tone.
Key Idea: Setting the tone for the school year
Character Traits: Respect - Caring - Citizenship
* These same materials can also be found under a Life Skills/Pressing Issues category.
** These same materials can also be found under January for the New Year.
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