NORTH PARK JR HIGH SCHOOL CHARACTER FRIDAY
We are Lion Proud!
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Following the video: Write down a goal you would like to accomplish this year and 1 thing you will do to help yourself achieve that goal. Tape that goal to the inside of your agenda/notebook/locker/bedroom....somewhere you will be reminded of this goal.
One day a farmer's donkey feel down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided that the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just was not worth it to save the donkey.
He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down. A shovel loads later, the farmer was astonished at what he saw.
With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!
-What is the moral of this story?
-In what way can you/we "shake it off and step up'?
Matt came home from school crying hysterically. Tears flowed down his cheeks. His mom greeted him at the door. "What is wrong Matt?"
"Billy," Matt blurted out between tears.
"Did Billy hit you?" asked mom.
"Did he knock you down?"
"What? What happened then?"
"Billy called me stupid!"
Billy is another student on Matt's bus. Sometimes he calls Matt and other students names. Matt's mom clarifed,
"So Billy called you stupid?"
"Yes" said Matt.
Matt's mother then said to him, "Matt you are a car."
"You are a car!" Matt's mom repeated.
"What are you doing?" Matt asked.
"I am calling you a car. CAR, CAR, CAR, CAR!"
Matt had stopped crying. His mother continued, "I am calling you a car and you are not crying."
"Would you mind explaining that to me?"
"What do you mean?"
"I mean I am calling you a car and you are not crying. How come?"
"Mom," said Matt. "I am not a car."
"Well you know what Matt- you are not stupid either."
Think about it:
You cannot control the whole world and get people to talk to you just the way you want to be talked to. But you can ALWAYS control how you talk to yourself about how others talk about you. Making YOUR talk more important than THEIR talk is a sign of maturity and self-responsibiity.
Make a Plan:
If someone says something to you or says something about you what are some ways you can APPROPRIATELY and maturally react? If we think about these things ahead of time, and make a plan, we find that we can be in more control of how we react (kind of like a fire drill).
While many realize that Veterans Day, which always falls on November 11, is a day to honor our Veterans, few realize the historical significance behind the day.
Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day and marked the end of hositilities of World War I that occurred at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month. Therefore, the day is always recognized on November 11th, regardless of the day of the week the 11th falls on.
In 1919, President Wilson commemorated the first Armistice Day with these words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratituted for victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations..."
The day was originally set aside to honor the Veterans of World War I with a day of parades and remembrances as well as a pause in activities at 11am on the day. In 1938, it was made a legal federal holiday for all.
However, after World War II and the Korean War, Congress recognized a need to expand the meaning of the day to recognize all of our Veterans and not just those of World War I. In 1954, the word "Armistice" was replaced with "Veterans" as a way to formally include all Veterans of all American wars in the day of remembrance.
Today, Veterans Day is a federal holiday which many cities celebrate with prarades and ceremonies. In Washington D.C. there are ceremonies throughout the city including a wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery.
Veterans Day is a day not only to remember those who died in service to our country, but also to recognize those who continue to serve. Americans are encouraged to say thank you to those who fullfill this patriotic duty to maintain the freedoms of our country. This year, Veterans Day, November 11, 2016, falls on Friday and there will be a ceremony at Outwater Park exactly at 11:00am to honor our service men and women (the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month).
Please think of Friday as something more than a day off from school. It means so much more for so many.
What is your School New Year's Resolution?
If you have set a goal(s) in the beginning of the school year, what progress have you made toward that goal? Do you need to adjust your goal or reevaluate your plan for achieving that goal?
If you have not set a goal for yourself, what is something you would like to accomplish the rest of the school year? What can you do to help yourself achieve that goal?
Make a plan for keeping yourself working toward the goal such as writing the goal down and keeping it in a place you will see it, tell a teacher, friend or family member your goal and ask them for help toward it.....you do not have to go it alone!!!!!
A famous quote is "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." Which means that your life is in YOUR control and it is your choice if you are going to reach your goals or not.