UAI Staff News
Week of December 19th, 2016
This Week's Memories
Generation Citizen. In their civics classes, Mr. Brodie and Ms. Suzannah worked with the seniors to develop civics oriented projects. Because of her work and efforts in class, Noor Khan, Class of 2017, was one of two Changemaker award winners who got to give a 3min speech and meet with Chancellor Farina during the event. Thank you Mr. Brodie, Ms. Suzannah for your work with the Class of 2017 on their Civics work. Congrats to Noor!
To Do's for this Week
[MONDAY, 19DEC16] Advisory Calls Home and Family Craft Night. Please make sure to reach out to all of your advisee's parents to make sure they received the report cards that were distributed on Friday. At the same time, please also personally invite families to Wednesday's Family Craft and Caro-oke evening. Dinner and Desserts will be provided, so please RSVP with a total head count from your advisory to Carol by Tuesday at noon.
[THIS WEEK] Structure and Vigilance. This last week leading up to a holiday break is particularly stressful. To ease the stress, please make sure you work with your grade team to not schedule major assessments on the same day. In addition, please keep up your regular routines to create a predictable and comforting pattern of behavior in your classes this week. Ritual and routine can be very soothing to the anxiety that some of our students are facing as they approach the holiday break. In addition, please make it a point to be in the hallways during transition, particularly before and after lunch. With your help, students will more rapidly move from one class to another.
[FRIDAY, 23DEC16] Rapid Dismissal. We will be dismissing at the end of 7th period at 1:50PM. SLJ is dismissing at 2PM and to make sure we're not stepping over each other outside, I'm moving us up 10minutes for dismissal. To make this an effective dismissal, all staff must make sure all students are ready to rapidly dismiss, and all staff must escort their classes out of the building. Staff should plan to rapidly dismiss with students on Friday. The building will not be open over the holiday break. Take the time to get some well-earned rest!
This week, students will continue discussing how they can change their thinking to better manage their emotions. We will also dive into other emotion regulation strategies, including belly breathing, positive self talk, and eliminating "triggers" from their environment.
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