February 25th: Snow Days
Two in a row! Can you believe it? Spend some time talking about what you did over the extended break. This may turn into an excellent writing topic.
January 21st: Happiness Is A Journey
We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough and we'll be more content when they are.
After that, we're frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, when we are able to go on a nice vacation or when we retire.
The truth is there's no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time with... and remember that time waits for no one.
So, stop waiting...
Until your car or home is paid off.
Until you get a new car or home.
Until your kids leave the house.
Until you go back to school.
Until you finish school.
Until you lose 10 lbs.
Until you gain 10 lbs.
Until you get married.
Until you get a divorce.
Until you have kids.
Until you retire.
Until you die.
There is no better time than right now to be happy.
Happiness is a journey, not a destination. So, work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt and dance like no one's watching.
December 17th: Sandy Hock
Adam Lanza, 20, entered an Elementary School on Friday and started shooting. Twenty six lives were lost and many questions were left unanswered. The tragedy will undoubtably have a lasting impact on the lives of every student involved. Mr. Sullivan will be sharing a morning message that discusses the tragic event.
I want you to generate discussion about safety. What steps need to be taken to ensure safety at schools? Please generate a list of ideas that will help our school remain safe. Send me the list of ideas your homerooms have generated.
December 10th: Box Full of Kisses
I came across this message this morning and it touched my heart. Please take some time to share with the students.
A Box Full of Kisses
The story goes that some time ago, a man punished his 3-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he became infuriated when the child tried to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree. Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and said, "This is for you, Daddy."
The man was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, but his anger flared again when he found out the box was empty. He yelled at her, stating, "Don't you know, when you give someone a present, there is supposed to be something inside? The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and cried, "Oh, Daddy, it's not empty at all. I blew kisses into the box. They're all for you, Daddy."
The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little girl, and he begged for her forgiveness.
Only a short time later, an accident took the life of the child. It is also told that her father kept that gold box by his bed for many years and, whenever he was discouraged, he would take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there.
In a very real sense, each one of us, as humans beings, have been given a gold container filled with unconditional love and kisses... from our children, family members, friends, and God. There is simply no other possession, anyone could hold, more precious than this.
December 3rd: Two Wolves
November 19: Give Thanks
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to learn a little more about being thankful. We have so many things in life to be thankful for. Take some time to read through this list and then have a discussion. Encourage the students to start a list of things that makes them pause and give thanks.
Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire ... if you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something ... for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times ... during those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations ... they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge... which will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes ... they will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary ... because it means you've given your all.
It's easy to be thankful for the 'good' things ... yet, a life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive ... find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.
I'm Thankful for...This is just a start to my list...see if you can create one as well.
The family I have been blessed with
My loving wife
The freedoms we enjoy because of the brave soldiers that have made the ultimate sacrifice
The opportunity to get a quality education
The smell of fresh baked cinnamon rolls
Long hot showers
Football Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln
November 12th: Vets Day
On Monday we will honor our Veterans. The program will include a solemn song played on the trumpet which is often used at military funerals to honor the deceased. While we almost aways politely applaud performances, the playing of Taps is one occasion where applause is not appropriate. Please watch the following video for a better understanding of the history of Taps.
October 19th: Halloween
We have only a few days left before the Halloween Extravaganza (Jason's descriptor for the event) Please take time to prepare for the Trick or Treat night here at LMS. The candy has already been delivered. We just need to prepare the locker pod areas for the night.
October 15th: I Believe
We all have something we believe in...Take a look at these and see if you can come up with a few of your own.
-- Author unknown
A Birth Certificate shows that we were born.
A Death Certificate shows that we died.
Pictures show that we lived!
That just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other.
And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do love each other.
That we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.
That no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.
That true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.
That you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.
That it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.
That you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.
That you can keep going long after you think you can't.
That we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.
That either you control your attitude or it controls you.
That heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
That money is a lousy way of keeping score.
That my best friend and I can do anything, or nothing, and have the best time doing it.
That sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down, will be the ones to help you get back up.
That sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.
That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had, and what you've learned from them, and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.
That it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes, you have to learn to forgive yourself.
That no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief.
That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
That you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life ... forever.
Two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.
That your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don't even know you.
That even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you - you will find the strength to help.
That credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.
That the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.
The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything.
You should share this with all of the people you believe in and care about.
October 12th: Trick or Treat?
Last year we invited kids into the MS and provided a trick or treating opportunity. It was an organized service learning project that provided a safe environment for kids to trick or treat. Is this an event we would like to continue? I do not have all details but wanted to see if the staff was interested or not. I'm thinking it would last an hour or so and we would do things similar to last year. Students would decorate doors and we would pass out candy to the visitors.
Nothing has been decided. Talk with homerooms and let me know if this is something we would like to continue. E-mail me your responses. I look forward to hearing from you. We can talk in greater detail on Friday morning about this event if needed.
October 1st: Hoodies or Not!
Tis the season for debates. I was listening to the radio on the way into work this morning and heard that the presidential candidates are busy preparing for a debate held October 3rd in Denver, Colorado. I'm always intrigued by a lively debate. As Barak Obama prepares his "Forward" campaign and Mit Romney prepares his "Keep America American" campaign, the two will battle it out in the mile high city this Wednesday. LMS students are going to have a little battle of their own.
Should LMS students get to wear hoodies or NOT?
As you know, the current policy does not allow hoodies. With cooler weather approaching I have started to see hoodies make it to school and into the classrooms. Many of you have expressed a desire to have the ability to wear them all day. This is your opportunity to convince me that they should be allowed or support the decision that has already been made that they should continue to be banned and not allowed in the classrooms.
Please take some time to debate the topic during HR. E-mail me the major points of the debate.
I will eagerly await responses from the HR's.
Is it time for a change?
September 17th: Sticks and Stones
"Sticks and stones may break my bones (but words will never hurt me)."
Take some time to share this story Lesson of the Fence. It may spark rich discussion and provide a nice writing topic.
The truth is... words DO hurt and DO leave scars that are painful. There are times in our lives when we wish we had not said something but once it has been said the damage is already done. Taking it back or saying your sorry might help but the initial hurt and scars still remain.
Lesson of the Fence
Taken from the South Florida Avenue Messenger
There was a little boy with a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper to hammer a nail in the back fence.
The first day the boy had driven thirty-seven nails into the fence. Then it gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence
Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out a nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.
The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.
“You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When we say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say ‘I’m sorry,’ the wound is still there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.”
September 10th: Remembering 9/11
Tuesday, September 11, will be the 11th anniversary of the attack on the world trade center in New York City. Many of the 6th graders at our school today were not even born. The 7th and 8th graders were busy eating, sleeping, running, playing and getting their diapers changed. Memories of this tragedy for students may be difficult to recall. Adults will have no problem remembering that day. They are all to real for me. I had just started as Assistant Principal at Lexington Middle School. I had a Tuesday morning meeting at the Central Office. I could hear the faint sound of sirens. I walked into Julie Otero's office and watched the chaos unfold on her little 13 inch television. One tower had already been hit by a highjacked plane and the second tower was about to be hit. I was shocked, numb, and unaware of the severity of the situation. My attention was glued to the tv for a good part of the day. I tried to make sense out of the situation, however, my efforts were useless. This was a senseless act.
In total 3,497 people died in the attacks on September 11, 2001.
2,735 civilians in the World Trade Center died
87 passengers and crew members aboard American Airlines Flight 11 that hit the North Tower
60 passengers and crew aboard United Flight 175 that hit the South Tower
343 New York City firefighters and rescue workers and 23 New York City law enforcement officers, 47 Port Authority workers and 37 Port Authority Police Officers, lost their lives when they rushed in to save the victims in the World Trade Center
36 passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93, who gave their lives stopping four hijackers over Pennsylvania
64 passengers and crew aboard American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon, killing them and 125 people in the building.
Please take some time watch this tribute video and discuss the tragedy.