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Thursday, December 31,2015THE SUPERIOR EXPRESS "L~. iiiiiiiiiii!ililiiii,i!i!i!~ .......................... Superior elementary students of the month for November were (back row, from left) Lindsay Hamilton, Colten Butler, Teagan Cool, Mason Korb and Alexus Hodges; (front) Danny Fuller, Emmett Gentry, Bryler Fullerton-Poppe, Allyson Kramp, Maddi Bargen and Maddox Martin. December students of the month (SOM) and outstanding students were (left to right) Sierra Blackburn, seventh grade SOM; Harley Schuster, senior SOM; Makenna Jensen, sophomore SOM; Cheyanne Franzen, junior, outstanding music student; Dameion Cornell-Warburton, eighth grade, outstanding physical education student; Blake Kirchhoff, junior SOM; Isaac Garcia, freshman, outstanding physical education student; Adin Leibel, freshman SOM; Halite Miller, eighth grade, outstanding music student; and Jayden Simmons, eighth grade SOM. November students of the month (SOM) and outstanding student~ \,v.~m (!eft. to right) Ezekiel Meyer, seventh grade, outstanding industrial arts student; Taran Zoltenko, seventh grade SOM; Zoie CornelI-Warburton, seve~th .q: ;{d~~, o~;!standing visual arts student; Trisha Hayes, eighth grade SOM; Sedonah Franzen, freshman SOM; Jenna Whitmore, junior SOM; Kendra ]ietien. s(~! ~I ~"~,, ,~r-' ~:" ~N1; l ~ent Tietjen, sophomore, outstanding industrial arts student; Shaina t-,tusto~, senior SOM; and Emily Hass, senior, outstanding visual a~t~ st~ ,r!,~,;{ i i i i i i i !:iiiiii iri=": 'iiiiii?i ii ..................... ............ i i' i iiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiill i!i!il !!! i!i !iili iiiiiL! iiiii ii iiiiiiiii iiiiiii i iii iiii ii!i! i iiiii!!iiiii ii iiiiiiiiiii i i!iiiiiiiiiiii ii i , iiii!iiiiiii i!il ii [ii! iii ! iii i i i i i i i i i i i i i!iii!i i!iii!iii!i!i! ! ! iii ! ! ! i iii iiiiiiiii iii i yi ii ii i i iiii!ii!ii!ii!ii!i Attendance is a predictor of future success Your middle schooler is about halfway through the school year. How has his attendance been? Strong attendance is as important to your child's school career as the foundation ~s to a house. Without it, there is nothing to build on. Need some more convincing on the importance of atten- dance in middle school? According to a recent study: Attendance and grades in middle school are the best indicators of how students will perform in high school. Students who are chronically absent in middle school are at high risk for being off-track in high school. These students are less likely to graduate on time and more likely to drop out of school altogether. Students who make even modest improvements to their attendance or grades in middle school signifi- cantly increase their chances of success in high school. Middle schoolers need parents to be role models, not friends You are many things to your child,but a "friend "shouldn't be at the top of the list.That's because it's your job to shape him into a responsible adult by setting rules, boundaries and expectations for behaviors. Suppose your child complains about his "horrible" teacher. A friend might join in:"You're right, she's awful!" But if you do that, you're undermining the teacher's authority and showing your child that it's okay to be disrespectful. So approach the same scenario as his parent: "I'm sorry if you're having trouble with your teacher. I'm sure you will be able to work it out. But let me know if you need some help or advice." By responding this way, you're acknowledging your child's feelings. And you' re also being his parent -- not just his friend. Reprinted with permission from the January 2016 issue of Parents Still make the difference! (Middle School Edition) newsletter. Encourage your teen to make specific learning resolutions Every time the first of January rolls around, you and your family probably make resolutions for the new year that you give up on just a few weeks later. This year, help your teen make some learning resolutions that will actually stick! The more specific his goals are, the more likely your teen is to attain them. Instead of a broad resolution of "Do better in school," help him come up with specific ways to improve. For example: I will ask at least one question in every class. In order to ask an informed question, your teen will need to pay attention to the lecture. By paying closer attention, chances are that he'll be more engaged and confident about what he's learning -- and that will likely lead him to ask more questions in class. I will create a note-taking system. The way your teen takes notes in history may be different from the way he does it in chemistry. Encourage him to talk with his teachers to figure out the best way to record information they discuss. I will review class notes every night before bed. Studies show that the last thing a person reads before going to bed remains embedded in the person's brain. I will read for 30 minutes every day. Very few teens make time to read for pleasure. But the best way to build a strong vocabulary is to read widely and read often. Alcohol use can significantly damage teens' growing brains According to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, 79 percent of teens ages 15 to 17 drink alcohol. And the majority of those teens are binge drinkers -- having five or more drinks in one sitting. You probably know many reasons why your teen shouldn't drink alcohol. For example, teens who drink increase their risk of being involved in car accidents and engaging in unprotected sex. But did you know that alcohol can also damage the very thing that is so special about your teen's developing brain -- its ability to grow and learn? Alcohol use hurts the development of skilts teens will need - to beoome, s~ecessful adults. - .... ............ Teen, M~:~ohol u~an lead to: . , Poor memory. Poor self-control. Aggressive behavior. Lower ability to solve problems. Lower visual and spatial skills. These are used for many activities that involve sight or movement, or both. Reading, math and driving are just a few. So make time to talk to your teen about the dangers of alcohol use and binge drinking. Reprinted with permission from the January 2016 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. family, your friends and associates? Are you active in community affairs? Do you contribute to protecting the environment by conserving and recy- cling? Social wellness is based on your ability to interact harmoniously with people and the earth. 6---Emotional: Are you able to rec- ognize and accept your feelings, your strength, and your limitations? Can you manage your emotions and cope with stressful events? Achieving emo- tional wellness allows you to experi- ence life's ups and downs with enthu- siasm and grace and maintain satisfy- ing relationships with others. Another item everyone should con- sider 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 play- ing cards--bridge, pinochle, pitch, bridge pitch. Always competitive, but we are spendit~g 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 year, the district acquired a grant for a sidewalk across Lincoln Park. It will come from Park and Sixth streets through the park to the south side of the elementary. It will be nice when it is completed next summer. One of the things that I have learned is when dealing with federal grants, the paperwork is a nightmare and that the district is really an outsider looking in during this phase of the program. Once the grant was approved, Gilmore and Associates out of Fre- mont 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 get this project done. But the district will not spend any money on the project, so in the end, ................ -~.,- ............... it wi:llhg~ wol-th it.,H~pefully~next sum ..... mer, that,seems to be what all the emails are saying, we can enjoy the sidewalk. The holiday season can be very stressful. Try to keep this time of year in perspective -- remember the reason for the season. Howie Helprin from Educator Health Alliance shared the six dimensions of wellness. I want to share six dimensions of wellness with you so maybe the holidays are a little less stressful: l--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 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 sate 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 Breakfast Jan. 4-8 Monday - no school. Tuesday - breakfast cookie or ce- real, juice, fruit. Wednesday - breakfast pizza or ce- real, juice, fruit. Thursday - scrambled eggs or ce- real, juice, fruit. Friday - yogurt parfait or cereal, juice, fruit. Breakfast Jan. 11-15 Monday - pancakes or cereal, juice, fruit. Tuesday - egg tac go or cereal,juice, fruit. Wednesday - breakfast pizza or ce- real, juice, fruit. Thursday - muffin and cheese or cereal, juice, fruit. Friday - yogurt parfait or cereal, juice, fruit. Lunch Jan, 4-8 Monday - no school. Tuesday - chicken and noodles or beef and noodles, mashed potatoes, roll. Wednesday - rib w/bun, baked po- tato, broccoli. Thursday - goulash, corn, cornbread. Friday - pizza or ham and cheese sandwich, peas. Lunch Jan. 11-15 Monday - cheeseburger and fries or General Tso's chicken with rice. Tuesday - breaded beef or baked steak, au gratin potatoes, roll. Wednesday - popcorn chicken or burrito, pudding. Thursday- spaghetti or PB&J, green beans, French bread. Friday - tacos or dell sandwich, car- rots. Kiwanis "terrific kids" for November were (back row, left to right) Halley Blecha, Mya Mikkelsen and Payton Christiancy; (front row) Braylen Fielder, Marcus Martin. Cayce Barry and Roscoe Baumbach.