As I look around the school every day, I stop and wonder how many people really know what is going on behind the doors of our school, any school for that matter.  When you  turn the TV on and watch  the news, more often than not, what you see are all the negative things that this generation of humans, our future are doing.  Very rarely do you see any of the good things they are doing, the efforts they are making, nor some of the conversations they are having.

Maybe that is part of the problem.  They continually get the wrong end of the stick.  They continually get beatdown and not built up in a society that has molded them to be who and what they are today.

I see, first hand, the good things they are doing at East Hall.  Students are getting training in TV productions, students are learning to read and singing their music, students are learning instruments to play and playing them very well, I might add.  I see students putting forth efforts to get good grades, not because of the pressure they get from their parents, but because they have a vision for a future they desire to chase.

These are some of the stories that you will never see on the news.  I am one who still believes that these good news stories still outweigh the bad we see on TV.

I see students learning technology, students learning the art of sports and teamwork, students learning great social and communication skills. Students are learning the best way they know how and how it is available to them.  Students are doing so much more than most people see.

The disconnect is the method in which it is taught versus the way it is received and learned.  Educators do a great job in teaching and pushing students to be great but it is lost sometimes in the way students see the necessity of  the subject being presented.  Students want to know the who, what, when, where, and why the subject is important.  That’s the jist of this generation, if we can explain the “W’s” to them, then they are willing to learn it their way.  I don’t care how they learn, I just care that they learn.  We, as educators, are the vessels for their knowledge and a step on their ladder.

Through us, the news media will one day get it right and show the good things that are going on in the world of education.  Here at East Hall, if you haven’t seen something good, click on the link below and be Blessed:

https://www.11alive.com/article/news/local/gainesville/east-hall-middle-special-needs-student-scores-in-basketball-game/85-28fd6f7d-3d94-44bd-97e7-cc6b9e73107a

 

The Hall County School District will hold seven informational meetings on the upcoming ESPLOST VI and Bond Referendum scheduled for March 24, 2020.

Please click here to view the Superintendent’s message and 10-year plan for ESPLOST .

Meetings are scheduled by school cluster and begin at 6:30PM. Please see the locations below:

  • January 27: Johnson High School, Performing Arts Center
  • February 3: North Hall High School, Performing Arts Center
  • February 10: Cherokee Bluff High School, Theater
  • February 17: Flowery Branch High School, Theater
  • February 24: West Hall High School, Theater
  • March 2: East Hall High School, Performing Arts Center
  • March 9: Chestatee High School, Theater

The district encourages stakeholders to attend these meetings and hear more about the implementation of the 10-Year Facility Plan should both measures pass on the referendum in March.

 

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El Distrito Escolar del Condado de Hall llevará a cabo siete reuniones informativas sobre el próximo Referéndum de Bonos y ESPLOST VI programados para el 24 de marzo de 2020.

Consulte el mensaje adjunto del Superintendente y el plan de 10 años para ESPLOST (Española).

Las reuniones están programadas por grupo escolar y comienzan a las 6:30 PM. Por favor, consulte los lugares a continuación:

  • 27 de Enero: Johnson High School, Performing Arts Center
  • 3 de Febrero: North Hall High School, Performing Arts Center
  • 10 de Febrero: Cherokee Bluff High School, Teatro
  • 17 de Febrero: Flowery Branch High School, Teatro
  • 24 de Febrero: West Hall High School, Teatro
  • 2 de Marzo: East Hall High School, Performing Arts Center
  • 9 de Marzo: Chestatee High School, Teatro

El distrito alienta a las partes interesadas a asistir a estas reuniones y escuchar más sobre la implementación del Plan de Instalaciones a 10 Años en caso de que ambas medidas sean aprobadas en el referéndum en marzo.

 

There’s a lot of confusion about marijuana today.
ATTEND THE NEXT FORUM in the NOT MY FAMILY SERIES to get answers.

Brought to you by Partnership for a Drug Free Hall, a service of Center Point.

Thursday,
Feb. 13, 2020
6pm – 8pm
Doors open at 5pm for access to community resources.

First Baptist Church
Banquet Hall
751 Green St, Gainesville, GA 30501

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According to Ubuntu philosophy, which has its origins in ancient Africa, people are born without ‘ena’, or selfhood, and instead must acquire it through interactions and experiences over time.  So the ‘self’/‘other’ distinction that’s axiomatic in Western philosophy is much blurrier in Ubuntu thought.  As the Kenyan-born philosopher John Mbiti put it in African Religions and Philosophy (1975): ‘I am because we are, and since we are, therefore I am.’

We know from everyday experience that a person is partly forged in the crucible of community. Relationships inform self-understanding. Who I am depends on many ‘others’: my family, my friends, my culture, my work colleagues. The self I take grocery shopping, say, differs in self actions and behaviors from the self that talks to my supervisor.  Even my most private and personal reflections are entangled with the perspectives and voices of different people, be it those who agree with me, those who criticize, or those who praise me.

The point is, we have gotten away from “it takes a village to raise a child.” Much like it was when I was growing up.  I remember when I did something in the community or around the corner from where I lived, when I got home, my parents already knew about it and I got dealt with, without question.  I didn’t have anything to say and I’d better not say anything negative to my parents or I might have lost a few teeth.  I dared not behave in a manner such as many kids do today.  I may have not made it to the age I am today, or at least I would think that.

I see the students every day in school and I think, “what happened?”  Has our world evolved so much that we have forgotten about the children.  Where is the village?  Where is respect and responsibility?  Where is the idea of caring for others?

My heart grieves every time I have to send a student home because of his or her actions in school.  My heart grieves not only for the student, but for the parents, and for the community because as a village, we must do better.  We can’t leave it up to someone else to correct a behavior that has been in the making for many years before the student gets to us.  I firmly believe that the village is stronger than any individual, but we must step forward and show our worth in the village.

I believe that students will only do what they are allowed to do.  Some because they don’t really understand, and some, well, because no one has ever explained it to them or told them that magical word “NO!”

I tell our students all the time, that they are the ones who will make our school a great school, not me and the staff.  The school belongs to the students, we just teach them, enforce the policies, and give them all the love we can.

We have had a great start to the new year, but we can do even better.  Our students deserve it.  The community deserves it.  We deserve it!