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Just because a friend' s parent says it' s okay for a group of kids to have a party and sleep over at their home on a school night doesn't mean your child should go, too. Say, "I appreciate the invitation, but our rule is that Marvin doesn't attend sleepovers on school nights." Being made to feel guilty. Stick to your values no matter what another parent says to you. Parents who supply kids with alcohol. Yes, there are those who say "They' re going to do it anyway. They might as well do it safely at home." This is nonsense! And it sends a terrible message. Do not ever let your child attend events chaperoned by such adults. Encourage your child to make learning resolutions It's the New Year! So help your middle schooler start it off right by adopting stronger school-related habits. After all, it may technically be the middle of the school year, but it's never too late for a fresh start! Depending on your child's particular strengths and weaknesses, encourage him to make New Year's resolutions related to his: Homework habits. Did he spend the first semester scrambling to get his assignments finished each night? Help your child turn over a new leaf this time around. Set aside a specific time for studying each night and remind him to stay with it. Weekends. Did he stay up late every Friday and Saturday and then snooze away much of the next day? And did that make waking up for school a major struggle on Monday morning? Have your child stick to a more reasonable bedtime on weekends. It might help him start the school week stronger. Test prep. Cramming for exams is a bad idea. So if it' s your child' s preferred study method, something needs to change. This semester, have him hit the books for a short time each night during the week leading up to a test. He may see a payoff in his grades! Organization. Your child can't turn in his assignments if he can't find them! Remind him to clean out his backpack and school notebooks regularly. He should keep his study area tidy, too! Reprinted with permission from the January 2015 issue of Parents Still make the difference/(Middle School Edition) newsletter. Does missing just one day of school matter? In some high schools, as many as 30 percent of students may be absent on any given day. Students miss school for a variety of reasons. Sometimes they' re sick. Sometimes they' re avoiding an exam. Sometimes they say they hate school. And sometimes they're just hanging out with friends. Most high school students think missing one day of school won't make a big difference. But it does. When your teen is absent, she misses class discussions and the teacher's lectures. Sure, she can do the reading for her history class. But she can't replace the class conversation that followed. She may be able to do the math problems, but she won't see the alternate way the teacher showed for finding an answer. As a result, she'll be behind when she comes back to class. And the farther behind she gets, the more likely she is to get into academic trouble. One study followed students who missed about one week of school each marking period. (That resulted from missing just one day every two weeks.) The students v, ho missed just those few days of class wer e significantly less likely to graduate on time -- and they were more likely to drop Out altogether. Talk to your high schooler about the high cost of dropping out Not long ago, a student who dropped out of high school could still live a comfortable life. In 1967, nearly half of high school dropouts earned enough money to be considered part of the middle class. But today'? Most high school dropouts find themselves at the very bottom of the income scale. Many of the jobs that allowed people without an education to earn a good living are gone. Today, high school dropouts can get only low-wage jobs with little opportu- nity for advancement -- earning on average about $20.000 a year. Just by graduating from high school, teens can add $10,000 more a },ear to their salaries. 3 Poor attendance is often one of the first signs that a student is preparing to drop out of school. If your teen's attendance is less than perfect, deal with the issue now. Get your teen back into the habit of going to school regularly. By keeping her in school today, you'll help her earn a living in the future. Reprinted with permission from the January 2015 issue of Parents Still make the difference/(High School Edition) newsletter. Superior Public Schools School Improvement Goal All students, Pre-K through the 12th Grade, will improve their reading comprehension across the curriculum.  : :::  i i!: i: f::i: iiiiill :;i ::@ii:i:iiiiii::ii,-iiF:!i:!:iii!@ii;i::iii!iiii::id: :: ':i:i ::i : ::: The holiday season can be very stressful. Try to keep this time of year in perspective. Remember the Reason for the Season. On Nov. 12, Howie Helprin from Educator Health Alliance was here to talk to the staff about wellness. He talked about the six dimensions of wellness. I want to share them with you so maybe the holidays are a little less [] stressful. I 1. Intellectual: Do you feel creatively and mentally challenged? Are you continually seeking to expand your knowledge and skills? An intellectually well person uses available resources to expand knowledge, improve skills and to increase the potential for sharing with others. 2. Spiritual: Do you have an appreciation for the mean- ing of life and the expanse of nature? Are you at peace with your place in the universe? Do you have a set of beliefs and : i ::: values that give purpose to your life? Spiritual wellness involves developing a strong sense of personal values and ethics. 3. Physical: Do you get enough exercise? Eat a balanced diet? Do you practice safe driving and medical self-care? Do you avoid the use of tobacco, drugs and excessive alcohol consumption? If you take care of your body, it will repay you with years of good service. 4. Occupational: Do you find your work satisfying? Do you have a balance between your work and leisure time? Do you enjoy new responsibilities and look forward to achieving better results? Your attitudes about your work can greatly affect your job performance and interactions with coworkers. Striving toward occupational wellness will help to give you personal satisfaction and allow you to find enrichment in our life through work. 5. Social: How satisfying are your relationships with your spouse, your family, your [hends and associates? Are you active in community affairs? Do you contribute to protecting the environment by conserving and recycling? Social wellness is based on your ability to interact harmoniously with people and the earth. 6. Emotional: Are you able to recognize and accept your feelings, your strength, and your limitations? Can you manage your emotions and cope with stressful events? Achieving emoti)nal wellness allows you to experience life's ups and downs with enthusiasm and grace and maintain satisfying relationships with others. Another item everyone should consider is disconnect for a period of time. Stay off the computer, put your phone down. Get out a board game. Spend time with the things that really matter in our lives. Our families. One of the activities that we enjoy together is playing cards -- bridge, pinochle, pitch, bridge pitch. Always competitive, but we are spending time together talking, laughing. Follow me on twitter. If you tweet, my tweet handle is @isomcharles. I tweet during activities and will start tweeting some items during the week. We have a lot of great things going on in Superior and I want to share them with everyone. Again for those who tweet-- @isomcharles Update on the safe routes to school project. In the 2010 school y. ear, the district acquired a grant tbr a sidewalk across Lincoln Park. It will come from Park and Sixth street through the park to the south side of the elementary. It will be nice when it is completed next summer. One of the things I have learned is when dealing with federal grants, the paperwork is a nightmare and the district is really an outsider looking in during this phase of the program. Once the, grant was approved, Gilmore and Associates out of Fremont were acquired to help put the project together. We had to hire a"responsible charge." We acquired the services of George Gerdes from Hebron. George works directly with Gilmore and Associates and the department of roads. All three groups have been great to work with. George and Gilmore and Associates are responsible for all the planning and paperwork involved with the project. It will be a great addition to Lincoln Park. It will provide great access to the school and new ball diamond. Next time, though, I might just work a deal with the city and just get this project done. But the district will not spend any money on the project, so in the end, it will be worth it. Hopefully, next summer (that seems to be what all the emails are saying), we can enjoy the sidewalk. TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY November's Kiwanis 'terrific kids' at Superior Elementary were (back row, from left) Emma Henderson, Cooper Flavin, Jetta Sunday and Lane Fuller; (front) Sophia Fullerton, Tyler Everhart, Laci Kirchhoff and Roscoe Baumbach. Doug Hoins, elementary principal and Kiwanis member, is pictured with the students. November students of the month (SOM) and outstanding students at Superior Junior-Senior High School were (from left) Sedonah Franzen, eighth grade, outstanding language arts student; Megan Miller, eighth grade, outstanding math student; Adin Leibel, eighth grade SOM; Blake Kirchhoff, sophomore SOM; Angie Miller, junior SOM; Emma Schnakenberg, seventh grade SOM: Ke-dra Fietjen, freshman SOM; Caleb Isom, senior, outstanding math student; Leah Meyer, junior, outstanding language arts student; and Joey GiHrl, -rfi,- c;()L'; Geography Bee results The Superior junior high geography bee was held last Wednesday. The top threefinishers were (from left) Megan Miller, third; Brenden Jensen, first; and Adin Leibel, second. Melissa Schuster was thetimer, Elaine Miller wasthejudge and Bob Cook was the moderator. The first place winner will take a written test to qualify for the state bee held in April 2015. The Superior sixth grade geography bee was held last Tuesday. The top three finishers were (from left) Jedd Whitmore, third; Jackson Kuhlmann, first; and Jayden Mohler, second. Bev Beavers was the timer, Elaine Miller was the judge and Doug Hoins was the moderator. The first place winner will take a written test to qualify for the state bee held in April 2015. First semester is over and I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christ- mas and Happy 00ewYear I I first half of the 2014-15 school year passed by I ! !! very quickly ii I would like to thank the teach-  .... ers, students and parents for agreat first semester! School will re- sume for students on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, with a full day of school tbr students. Dress for Winter Months! I would like to remind parents to have their children dress appropriately for the weather conditions. We still have students that are coming to school with no hats and gloves in the morning when it is usually very chilly: As we all know the weather in Nebraska can change very rapidly and students need to be prepared to dress warmly if this happens. We will go outside for recess when possible so students can get some fresh air and exercise. Once again I would ask that you check your child betbre they leave for school and see that they have hats and gloves along with their winter coat. Is Your Child Getting to School On Time? One of the main reasons people are fired from their jobs is because they are continually late to work or don't show up at all. Please make sure your child gets to school on time and has good attendance. Students who get to school on time and have good attendance records are more likely to be success- ful throughout school and life. Getting to school on time and good attendance traits will carry over to junior-senior high school, college or the workplace. The entrance bell rings at 8:15 a.m. and classes start at 8:20 a.m. sharp, so please make sure your child gets to school on time! Read! Read! Read! As we start second semester, please continue to stress the importance of reading with your children. Please con- tinue to have your child read over Christmas vacation to let them know that reading should be an everyday occurrence. Develop a daily routine that en- courages children to read on their own or with a family member. This time can be very rewarding and will help your student succeed at school in the long run! When you help your child become a better reader you are sup- porting Superior Public Schools im- provement goal, which states, "All stu- dents, Pre-K through 12th grade, will improve reading comprehension skills across the curriculum." Elementary Magazine Sales Fundraiser Once again the Elementary Maga- zine Sales Fundraiser will be under- way in January and February. This is our yearly fundraiser for the elemen- tary activity account. New equipment for students to use at recess is pur- chased each year by sales from the fundraiser. Last year paint for three foursquare courts and balls were purchased with money raised by the students. The sales rep will be meeting with students on Jan. 21 to explain how the fundraiser works. More information regarding the fundraiser will be sent home with stu- dents on Jan. 21. SUPERIOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS ACTIVlW CALENDAR Staff Insevice 5 ,12 , 4 11 18 6 p.m.C.VBB reseves @ FaiCoury 7:30 p.m. school Iad 19 26 4 p.rn. JH @ Bue il 25 January 2015 6 4:30 p.m. Gh3B (H) v Sitve Lake Classes resume 13 430 p.m. GB (14) w Headland 20 27 1(50 a.rn. Nali0al 1-10n0 Sodinduc 4:30 p.m. PdBB @ Desh 7 14 21 DisI A @ Auror 28 1 8 15 6:15 p.m. JH (H) Der 7:30 p.m. WR dual @ Harvard 22 29 4 p.m. 8(H) Suff0n 4:30 p.m. G/ @ RedCd 2 9 7 am Red Caps meeting 4:30 p.m. GB (H) vs layer Centraf 16 4 p.m. WR Supe le (parents' night) 23 7 a.rn. Red Caps meeting 4p.m.WR Thay, Central IrMte 4:30 p.m. CVBB (H) v Dor/ltrfrumb 30 4:30 p.m. WR Adams Central Irate 5 p.m. G/BB resewes SHS T0umarnent 3 9am. WFI Fillm0e Central Invite 1:30 p.m. GB @ Tri@unty 10 lOa.m. WR Franklin Invite 1 p.m G,BB @ Fillmore Cenlra[ 17 I p.m. G4SB @ Sandy Creek 24 9:30 a.m. JHBB @ Faiff 7-11 p.m. inter formal 31 RedCaps Statetine Sh0d )' .! 13 ./,