Superintendent's Note

From the desk of Jim McKay

Posted: May, 27, 2016 - 10:11am

Summer ... A time for reflection

The end of a school year marks a very busy time for everyone that is involved in the education process.  Senior students eagerly transition into their next phase of their life, while underclass students dream about summer break and anxiously anticipate another year in high school.  It’s the summer break period that I would like to address, in an effort to maximize this time away from school.

Have you ever contemplated what makes a good summer break? A lot of things come to mind such as an extended family vacations, spending time with friends and family, sleep, and specific to students… no home work or school obligations!  While all these things certainly help in renewing ourselves, there is a process that fosters personal growth that I encourage you to consider; the process of reflection.
 
The science behind reflection is compelling. We know intuitively that we learn by experience and also that we learn from our mistakes. But research is increasingly telling us that without the process of actively thinking about those experiences, and questioning ourselves about what they mean, learning doesn’t really happen. What gets us from experience to understanding is reflection. With the aid of simple questions like ‘what did I do well in that situation?’ or ‘what could I do differently’, we can make small but cumulative steps to doing things better.

So, being able to reflect on our achievements can be a powerful learning activity and motivation booster. Framing setbacks as opportunities for learning is something we should do as learners.  I encourage our students and parents to find five quiet minutes a day to reflect.  I think you will find the process to be fulfilling! 

I wish all our students and families a memorable, restful and safe summer.

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  • Posted: May, 27, 2016 - 10:11am

    Summer ... A time for reflection

    The end of a school year marks a very busy time for everyone that is involved in the education process.  Senior students eagerly transition into their next phase of their life, while underclass students dream about summer break and anxiously anticipate another year in high school.  It’s the summer break period that I would like to address, in an effort to maximize this time away from school.

    Have you ever contemplated what makes a good summer break? A lot of things come to mind such as an extended family vacations, spending time with friends and family, sleep, and specific…

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  • Posted: May, 5, 2016 - 2:30pm

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