We had a fairly good week at the school this week.  As we approach the 8th week of school, it seems  that we are starting to get into a groove and the students are starting to understand what we are trying to do.  They have been great so far and I am proud to see them continue to grow and learn in this environment.

I was most impressed with the Jr Girls softball team earlier in the week.  I had not seen them play all season, but one day, one of the girls asked me to come to the game because she thought they would win the championship.  I asked her “how do you know  that?”  She replied “well, we have won a lot of games so far and I think we will win again.”

That was enough for me,  I went to the game and didn’t know there were two games.  But I stuck it out and guess what happened?  They won the Hall County championship.  They played with guts, passion, and grace.  I am glad I had a chance to see them win.

We also announced the 2020-2021 teacher of the year.  It is Emily Allison.  She was surprised.  We lured her to the WEHM News room and did the announcement on the air.  Pretty cool.

It was also time to have another Fireside Chat with the students.  I will do this about every 6 weeks or so.  It is designed to remind them of their responsibilities and who we are as a school.  It gives the students time to reflect.  They are doing great so far, but we still have work to do and it is a constant battle.

Finally, did you see the picture of the FCA at the flagpole last week or the picture of them at the stadium?  All I can say is that we are on the right track.

Don’t forget that fall break is coming.  It will be a nice break for everyone.

Congratulations to Ms. Emily Allison, East Hall Middle School’s 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year!

 

Vaping is an issue we as a district began to address aggressively last spring as we saw a rise in use among our students. Recent reports from health officials indicate the nation-wide epidemic may be more dangerous than originally suspected.

On October 10, 2019, a community forum on the truth about vaping will be given. It is sponsored by our friends at CenterPoint and Partnership for a Drug Free Hall. You are invited to attend.

Download the flyer in English or Spanish

I wanted to take time to talk of something that seems to have taken over our society.  SOCIAL MEDIA!

Have you ever taken the time to think about how out of hand it has gotten and how worse it will be if we don’t get a handle on it?  Now let’s see, there is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, and the list goes on and on.  As more are being introduced to us and we look at privacy, are we actually doing that? Are we actually being private in our conversations or are we hoping that no one else can see or track down our conversations later on?

It seems to me that social media has become our voice in the communication process in that we would rather speak through our links versus talk with someone face-to-face, the way mature people do.  We would rather put all of our feeling, emotions, and thoughts out to the world for everyone to see and then get offended when someone replies with something you don’t agree with.  We rather say that we have 10,000 friends in the media world than to say we have one true friend who we can talk to at any time about anything.

You know what, and this is just my opinion, I think SM is a security blanket for some people who have not developed the skills to be sociably conversationable, if there is such a word.

Oh yes, there is some good to come out of SM but for many people, all of their personal trash is also posted for the world to see, their behaviors, and stuff that can come back and bite you in the “wahzooo.”

Young people, I just want to tell you to be careful in what you post on you SM page.  It may come back to bite you.  Many employers now reference the SM page of future prospects before hiring.  Police look at SM pages for reoccurring events or suspicious activities, and you never know who is looking at your page because they are up to no good.

If you are going to use social media, be sure to use it the right way.  If you think you don’t know what the right way is, ask somebody. But, don’t put all of your business in the street, it is something you just can’t take back.  Once it’s out there, it is there for good.  Your privacy is all you have.  Just think about it.

One song says, “I’m just a telephone call away.”  Have we forgotten how to reach out and talk?

Just a Thought!

Wow, what a week.  It seems that the entire school has been motivated all week.  You can feel the energy up and down each hall.

Monday was particularly interesting because everyone was getting ready for the Pep Rally and the Tailgate party on Tuesday before the Jr Vikings football game.

During the Pep Rally, many school clubs were recognized.  The band did a great job.  The cheerleader (I call the Vikingnettes) did a great job in getting the crowd up and cheering.  They introduced a new cheer “Va-Hal-La” and the crowded screams to the top of their lungs as the letters are held high.

Yes the Viking Nation is growing and the crowd is enjoying it all.  Teachers were great with crowd control, students were well mannered the entire time and yes, it was hot in the gym with all the body heat on top of that.  I have never seen so many people filled into one small place like that.

Then all of a sudden, the Lead Viking appeared!  What a sight!

The Viking Nation is alive and well!

 

As I reflect on the events of 9/11, I can’t help but to think of what I was doing on that day when the events unfolded.

I was teaching at Morgan State University then, and I was getting ready for the first period class.  I normally turn the TV on while the students are coming into the class so they can watch the news before we begin the class.

One student came to my office and said that a plane had hit one of the towers!  I said, “Oh that unusual, that had to be planned.”  Then another student said “Sir, another plane has hit one of the towers!”

I then said “We must be under attack, because planes just don’t hit the towers.”

Then we all watched the news as the events unfolded, when we got the order to lockdown the building and security was on the way.  Students were scared, many panicked and all of us teachers were worried about the events because we knew something bad was happening to all of us.

Then we heard about the second plan hitting the Pentagon and another plane that was heading to the White House and had crashed.

Soon, one of my students said that he had gotten a call that said that his Aunt was in one of the towers and his Uncle was in the Pentagon, both had died.

I thought of my brother who as assigned to the Pentagon in the Air Force but found out that he was not there because he had gotten deployed the week prior.

Yes my life changed that day, I am sure many lives changed.  But we should never forget the tragedy of 9/11.  Many students today were not even born then but need to be taught about this unforgettable day in the history of the United States.

These were the 120 minutes that changed America, it changed me.

Parents – Please view our Parent e-Newsletter at https://ehms.hallco.org/web/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/September-11th-EHMS-Parent-e-news-English-and-spanish.pdf

Pages 1-2 are in English and pages 3-4 in Spanish.

Wednesday, September 11th

  • Progress Report #1 Goes Home with Students

 

Thursday, September 12th @ 5:00 PM

  • EHMS Parent and Family Engagement Meeting: Learn about the ways teachers use technology to enhance learning and literacy

 

Tuesday, September 17th @ 11:00 AM

  • School Council Meeting

 

Tuesday, September 17th After School

  • Student Tailgate for Football Game  EHMS vs. WHMS –(signed parent permission form and admission fee required)

 

Friday, September 20th 

  • Picture Day