Wow, it seems like the school year just started and already we are entering the holiday season.  As society continues to evolve, the holidays take on a different meaning to so many different people.  But the bottom line is, whatever the holidays mean to you, use it as it is meant to be used in your beliefs.  It is sad when others try to stir your thoughts or your learning to fit their beliefs, and in the end, who is right.

However you spend your time this holiday season, please be sure to spend some time with family and friends, those who mean the most to you.  I believe that time lost is time you can’t get back.  Reflect on the things that you are thankful for.  There is so much to be thankful for, sometimes we tend to take the little things for granted.  If I were to stop and write a list of the things I am thankful for, it would start off very simple with:

1.  I am thankful for being able to wake up this morning and have the use of all my limbs.

2.  I am thankful for the love of my children and grandchildren, as they are the reasons I do what I do.

3. I am thankful for the opportunities that have been awarded me in my life, because each of them was part of the process that got me to where I am today.

4.  I am thankful to be able to see someone smile when I talk to them.  Students are my passion.  A smile is warm and welcoming.

5. I am thankful to be in a position where I can truly make a difference in the life of others who will one day be a contributor to our growing society

And the list goes on.

The bottom line is;  I am thankful for my Lord and Savior and life, because HE has been good to me and I am forever in debt to it.

Happy Thanksgiving

Parents – Do you want to learn more about how to deal with KIDS and PHONES? If so, keep reading!

It’s almost here! The 3rd Annual Pioneer RESA “A Parent’s Guide to Raising Digital Natives” Facebook LIVE broadcast is TONIGHT, 11/21 at 8:30PM.

Brian Buffington will be covering the LATEST and most trending topics that are relevant to teens and children, such as Gaming, Social Media, Security, Privacy.  There will be LIVE app demos and reviews, as well as helpful advice for parents.

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Padres: ¿Desea obtener más información sobre cómo tratar con NIÑOS y TELÉFONOS? Si es así, ¡sigua leyendo!

La 3ra transmisión anual en vivo de Pioneer RESA “Una guía para padres criar Digital Natives” en vivo en Facebook ESTA NOCHE,  11/21 a las 8:30 PM.

Brian Buffington cubrirá los temas MÁS RECIENTES y más actuales que son relevantes para adolescentes y niños, como juegos, redes sociales, seguridad, privacidad. Habrá demostraciones y reseñas de aplicaciones EN VIVO, así como consejos útiles para los padres.

Digital Natives November 21

It has come to us already!  The week before Thanksgiving Break.  I can feel it in the air and see it throughout the hallways.  Who knows that next week will bring as we count down the five days before the break.  And believe me, it is a welcomed break both for the students, teachers, and even the parents.

But during this time, these student continue to inspire me to continue to do the things we can to help them understand and how to cope in this difficult world. Two events impressed me this week (1) we had a chance to take the boys basketball team to a gave at the University of Georgia on Friday.  I can tell you that the boys had a great time.  They cheered and interacted with the other fans.  I was really proud of how they conducted themselves in public versus the way they sometimes act in school.  It reminded me of the old saying “you can act one way at home, but when you get out in public, act like to have some sense.”  That’s what my mother used to tell my brothers and I.

Then on Saturday, I got up early to go and see the wrestling team at the East Hall gym.  To see the students participate the way they did, showed me how tough they really are and their mentale is stronger.  Being a father of 4 girls, I was really glad to see the girls on our team who were hanging strong with the boys.  They really have a strong desire to win at whatever they do.

These events reminded me to keep on working with them at all cost.  Yes, they will make mistakes but remember they are only middle schoolers and they are trying the best they can.

Overall, we are doing great things at EHMS but we still have some  things to get under control and in line with the school discipline, but we will get there for sure.

One student asked me the other day “Dr C, why does it seem that you really understand me?”

Another student asked me “Dr C, did you fight in the Civil War?”

I just keep breathing.

 

 

Please view our Parent e-Newsletter.  Pages 1-2 are in English and Pages 3-4 are in Spanish.

Progress reports went home with students, yesterday, November 13th.

EHMS Parent E-Newsletter Nov 13 2019 English and Spanish

If you missed it, you missed a treat.  We held our annual Veterans Day Ceremony and Recognition on November 8th.  As my first one at East Hall, I was honored to be able to be a part of this great event. I, like many other Veterans, are always humbled when it comes to these types of things.  You see, we didn’t serve as we did to be thanked for what we did.  We served because it was a pride that we have for our country.

Mrs Farr did a great job putting this event together and the students were fantastic.  The chorus sang two songs for the Veterans and then the band played a couple of songs for us.

The event started with a breakfast in the media center.  This was a time for the Veterans to fellowship with other Veterans and their families who could join them for the meal.  Then we all lined up in preparations for the March of Honor in which we paraded through the halls of the school.  Students were lining the halls throughout the school.

I really enjoyed this part especially, because I was able to see the looks on all the students faces as we marched by.  Some of them even saluted us as we passed.  The march finished in the cafeteria where the band was waiting for us.  Once we got there, the band played for us with two beautiful songs.

Once that was done, there was a Veterans panel in the media center in which there were four Vets who stayed as part of the panel to talk with the 8th grade students and answer their questions.

To end the day, a student flag team performed the Flag folding ceremony and another student played “TAPS” at the end.   It was a rewarding event and a great day for all.

You can view the Flag Ceremony at the link below:

This week has gone by so fast, much like the entire month of October has sprinted past us and here we are facing the holiday season.  This will surely be a two month period to remember, as always, as students start to focus more on the holiday’s rather than the days they have school.

They are already in a festive mood as indicated by their behavior during, what I call, Halloween Week.  You could just feel it in the air and I saw it in the hallways every day.

First of all though, my heart was touched this week when a student from the 6th grade hall came up to my off and gave me a hand full of Get Well Cards that his class had made for me.  I really didn’t expect that.  It showed me the kind of caring, kind-hearted, and thoughtful students we have in the building every day.  It reminded me that through it all, through the every day struggles and difficulties they may have, they are still kids.  We, as school faculty, owe it to them to give them the very best experience that we can give on a daily basis, at all cost.

Congratulations to our cheer squad!  These girls put in many hours of practice so far this year.  It paid off this past Sunday as they won second place in the Gainesville Big Red Cheering Competition.  Forgive me if I named the event wrong!  But it was held a Gainesville High School and after a long grueling day, our girls came away with a trophy.  Congratulations girls!  We are proud of you.

We celebrated Red Ribbon Week this week.  It is a week that we focus on being a drug free community.  Each day was a themed day in which students were asked to wear something pertaining to the theme.  It was cool seeing the students and teachers all participating and promoting drug awareness in our school.  I am wishful that one day we can have a full event at the school with parent involvement in the theme.  How much fun could that be?

I’d like to ask for your help in speaking with your student, if they ride the bus.  If you can remind them of their bus behavior and their responsibility on the bus to help the bus driver be safe.  Lately, I have had to suspend students from the bus and I hate to do that because it causes so many challenges and problems for parents.  I remind the students every day before they get on the bus about their behavior, but if they hear it from parents as well as me, they will start to do better as the majority of them have.

It is starting to get cold outside and that means germs are coming, students and staff will start getting sick.  AND, Daylight Savings Time is hear.

I hope you have a great week  Remember, if you need me, for any reason, please call.  My team will get things done.

Be Blessed!