The KASH term this week is Building My Portfolio.

Building a portfolio and revisiting it often helps individuals to keep track of their successes. By constantly and consistently adding updates your portfolio becomes a showcase of your best works. Explain to students a portfolio can even be electronic. I urge you to help students build their portfolios.

We have done it! We have officially introduced 32 KASH terms. I want to thank you for your dedication to the implementation of this new culture. Please remember that improvement is a process not a destination.

We will use the coming weeks to get feedback from all stakeholders regarding KASH. Be on the lookout for a survey from your school KASH coordinator.

Thank you,

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Second Grade Career Day Speakers
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We had a great Second Grade Career Speaker Day at MCPS yesterday!
We had a wide variety of speakers including a doctor, nurse, wedding planner, art studio owner, restaurant owner, trucking company owner, millwright, journalist, city planning director and a potter! The best part is that they were all parents or members of our community! Thank you so much for an awesome learning experience!

KASH is a real thing . . . today at MCHS we hosted representatives from a company named Oldcastle (oldcastle.com) as well as a regional workforce development coordinator. They were here to speak to our graduating seniors that are not planning on going to college (we had about 70 seniors in the room). These representatives spoke about local career opportunities and short-term training programs to get our graduates ready for work.

All that to say that I saw KASH shine in real life with handshakes, eye contact, introductions, professionalism, and more as our students met potential employers. So congrats to all of you that work everyday to get our students ready to graduate and move onto their adult lives.

The KASH theme this week is Empathy.

Empathy is the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and respecting the feelings, thoughts, and experiences of another person. It is a much deeper feeling than sympathy, which is simply feeling sorry for another based on events they are experiencing.

Over the past couple of days I believe we have all certainly experienced empathy for one another as we mourn the loss of two members of our Morgan County Family.

Understanding the feelings of others and communicating that understanding can be a powerful gift, one that can help guide a person to the path of healing. Our children need this more now than ever.

As we enter the final stretch, be on the lookout for a system wide survey to gather the thoughts of all our stakeholders on the implementation of KASH this year.

Looking forward:
Building my portfolio

The KASH term this week is Relationships.

It is with a heavy heart that I introduce this week's KASH term, as it seems to have a much deeper meaning this week than it would on any other. As many of you are aware, our Morgan County Family lost two members in a tragic accident Sunday afternoon. During times such as these we as adults depend on the relationships we have built with family and friends to find strength and the will to carry on. The same is true for our students. However, for some of our students, the only positive adult relationship they have is with you. Please keep close to our students this week, and be that person of support; be the relationship they can depend on in this very emotional and confusing time.

Michael and Brittany left legacies through the relationships they built with others; it is evident in the stories you hear the students and teachers sharing with one another. Their families will cling to these in order to get through this very difficult time.

As we move forward and try to make sense of this tragedy, let’s remind our students and ourselves that loss is never easy, but the memories we create and the relationships we build can certainly help.


Thank you,

The KASH term this week is Self-Awareness.

Self-Awareness is the conscious knowledge of one's own character, feelings, motives, and aspirations.

Sometimes it is not building KASH into your lessons, but a simple conversation you have with your students. Do what works for you, but remember we are building a culture.

It is difficult to believe that we only have three KASH terms remaining. When this year is over we will have provided our students with 32 opportunities to adopt a new Knowledge, Attitude, Skill, or Habit.

Please continue to review and adopt previous KASH terms into your classroom culture. Share your stories and photos on our KASH Google + page.

Have a great week!

Looking ahead
Relationships
Empathy
Building my portfolio

I work our Kash terms into my "slides" each day as I start my class (Announcements, Due dates, EQ's, and Kash)....When I announced the Kash term Tolerance for today, I told the students that I think it's the perfect time in the year to mention this term. I specifically focused on "teacher tolerance" today. I referenced our tolerance for misbehavior at the beginning of the year compared to now. The students quickly were able to relate that our tolerance is much smaller now than in the beginning of the year. We talked about expectations, following procedures that have been in place for two semesters, the fact that they are no longer 7th graders but rising 8th graders......and that by this point in the year they shouldn't need reminders about expectations and this is why our tolerance is much lower than normal...It was eye opening for them to say the least!

The KASH term this week is Tolerance.

Tolerance is the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.

There is no greater time than now to begin to teach our students what it means to be tolerant of others. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves of this important KASH term. I challenge you to find a way to incorporate this into your lessons this week.

Please continue to review and adopt previous KASH terms into your classroom culture. Share your stories and photos on our KASH Google + page.

Have a great week!

Looking ahead
Self-Awareness
Relationships
Empathy
Building my portfolio

Diversity, the art of thinking together-Malcolm Forbes

Diversity is defined as the inclusion of different types of people in a group or organization.

In education we must constantly be aware of this KASH term and be sensitive to its' meaning. We operate in a global society, and in order to be productive citizens, our students need to be armed with the knowledge and understanding of diversity. I challenge you to be diverse in your planning,and provide our students with the opportunity to learn the curriculum in a different manner than their peers. Utilize last week's KASH term, and be creative in your development of diverse learning environments in order to meet the needs of all our learners.

Together we can make a difference, together we can make it happen!

Please continue to review and adopt previous KASH terms into your classroom culture. Share your stories and photos on our KASH Google + page.

Have a great week!

Looking ahead
Tolerance
Self-Awareness
Relationships
Empathy
Building my portfolio
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