Week of 4/12
Sometimes it can be very challenging to be in the present moment. It can be hard to focus if we have racing thoughts or are feeling stressed. I also think this becomes hard to focus when the weather gets nicer and we near the end of the school. Whatever is making it hard for you to focus at the time, this exercise will help you refocus your attention on the present moment and help you be more successful. This exercise is great to use if you notice your emotions are starting to escalate too and you need to calm and refocus yourself too. This is a great activity because you can use it anytime or anywhere.
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Week of March 22nd
Look at all the great work of our students during the March Madness program and how much they learned about different schools!
Keep learning about colleges by touring schools virtually at youvisit.com or exploring schools on Naviance.
Week of 3/15
March Madness is here! For many people this is a great time to watch their favorite basketball compete in the NCAA tournament, but at Henry we're also using March Madness as a time to discover new schools. This week, homerooms will be picking a school to learn more about including: mascot, schools colors, where the school is located, and how many students attend. A great way to explore the schools further is by visiting youvisit.com and taking a virtual college tour. Also, on Friday, everyone at Henry can show their school support by wearing their favorite school colors or shirts. I will share the homerooms posters here next week. And who knows, maybe your homeroom will choose the NCAA champions?
Week of 3/8
It may be March, but in some ways this week and last week feel like it's the first day of school again. This transition may be challenging or overwhelming for you. To help each some of this stress, it can be beneficial to journal or write about your feelings. Here are some questions that you can answer if you need help thinking about what to say:
Week of 3/1
Happy March everyone!
March is National Women's History Month and here are some ways that you can celebrate, while also building your self-confidence and self-esteem. Everyone can participate, not just girls!
1. Read a book or watch a movie, about strong girls that will teach you courage!
List includes: Sheila Rae, The Brave, The Hunger Games, Moana, and Brave.
2.Write yourself a love note. Show some self-love and tell yourself how great you are.
3. Listen to a Girl Power Playlist. This playlist is not just for girls, but will motivate and inspire anyone to do their best. Some songs to include: Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys
Rise Up by Andra Day
Video by India Arie
Firework by Katy Perry
Brave by Sara Barielles
Fight Song by Rachel Platten
Try by Colbie Caillat
4. Write a thank you note to a woman who inspires you. There is seriously nothing more meaningful than telling someone that they've made an impact in your life. Writing it down in a note makes it so that they can keep the words you said forever. This will also make you feel good too!
For more ideas to celebrate Women's History Month click here:
And share any of your own ideas in the comments!
Week of 2/22
It can be hard to stay organized, especially if you're at home doing your homework and classwork virtually. Here are some tips for you to be organized and more successful in school:
1. Get In a good routine: Even if you're going to continue school remotely make sure to wake up at the same time and follow the same routine you would if you were going to school (get dressed, brush teeth).
2. Set rules for yourself: Setting rules for yourself can help you understand what you need to complete each day and not feel rushed to complete an assignment. Some rules you could make to keep yourself on track might be:· Complete all projects two days before the due date.
· Start studying for tests one week in advance.
3. Write everything down: Write down everything — homework assignments, test dates, essay topics and even little details like how to turn in your paper. That way, you don't have to remember it, and you can use your writing as a way to double-check what you need to complete. It's important to write things down, even if you are doing your work virtually.
4. Don't multitask: Multitasking seems like it would be beneficial because you could get more done in less time. However, studies show multitaskers spend 50 percent more time trying to accomplish a task.Focus on one assignment at a time, and only turn your attention to the next task when you've completed the first. Also, GET RID OF DISTRACTIONS like phones. If you need to put your phone In a drawer or another room to focus...DO IT!
5. Use a planner: A planner can be one of the most useful tools for organizing your school work because you can visually see everything on your schedule. Write down all homework, projects and test due dates with one color and other obligations with another. This way, you can remember everything you need to do. When you get to class, put your planner on your desk so that you can immediately write down anything the teacher mentions.
Below is a video that explains some other habits of highly organized people that will help you be successful in school and other areas of life. As always, if you need anything else, please let me know!
Week of 2/15
As more of us begin getting ready to start school in-person, we may be feeling lots of different feelings. It's important to check-in with those feelings and recognize them. Something to help with this is meditation. If you are having very strong feelings, this is a great meditation exercise for you to use:
Another great website or app is Headspace or headspace.com
Week of 2/8
It's never too early to start thinking about college! Even though we can't visit the schools in person in this year, here's a great website to start virtually visiting some schools:
This website has hundreds of schools available for you to go on a virtual tour. You can filter the schools based on the size, location, costs, or type of school.
College can be very expensive, so it's important to start planning on how you can pay for it now. There are scholarships available to students of all ages. To sign up for emails about scholarships go to this website:
You can also look at all scholarships available to students and their deadlines here:
CPS Academic Works Scholarships
Week of 1/25
Staying active has many benefits. Being active not only helps you physically, but positively affects your mental well-being too. People who exercise feel less stressed, sleep better, have more energy, and have sharper memories than people who do not exercise. People who are active also feel more positive about themselves and their lives. Even just a little bit of exercise can help!
It's hard to stay active now that it's cold and people are inside much more of the time. Here are some ways to incorporate being active into your life:
Share in the comments what you do to stay active!
Week of 1/18
Sitting at your computer all day can be challenging. Here are some stretches you can do in your chair to help you stay focused and relax. These stretches can also be used in school, during testing, or anytime you need a break.