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    The overall goal of the class is to prepare our students to be ready for the many challenges which await them.  This of course includes their academic responsibilities. To meet this demand we spend a few minutes each class reviewing their assignment pads to be sure all is written down. This positive habit sets them up for a positive routine of work completion upon arriving home. Additionally, we instill lessons on prioritizing their work time to  be help them be more efficient and productive.                                                                                                            
     
    The assignment pad used in class has been used by millions of students worldwide, and won numerous accolades on helping students develop critical lifelong habits. The Premier School Agenda is simple to use, allows for communication with home, and offers inspiring lessons. These lessons include emphasis on developing character, social emotional skills, coping skills and language arts. 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     October 31- November 4
     
    Daily review of all assignments, assessments & projects. Big ideas of week: 1- Focus on vulnerable classes with little time left in marking period. 2- Continue to experiment with new memorization techniques  3- Focus on 7 Habits idea of Being Gentle With Yourself.
     
    November  7-9
     
    Daily review of all assignments, assessments & projects.  Week's goals: 1- Recognize the sense of urgency with marking period ending on Wednesday. 2- Take all necessary actions to raise final grades of marking period. 3- With break coming up, focus on the 7 Habits concept of "Renewing Yourself." Necessary to have zest for life.
     
     November 14-18
      With day one of second marking period here, we are looking to be sure students are being more independent, and thus we are shortening our daily review of all assignments, assessments & projects.  Week's goals: 1- Student-teacher conferences of marking period grades. 2- Decide on baby steps to improve, and reinforce positive grades. 3- 7 Habits concept of "Being Honest With Yourself." Timed to look at grades for marking period. 
     
    November 21-23
    Daily review of all assignments, assessments & projects. Week's concentration: 1- Teacher-student conferences to determine how marking period 2 has started.  2- Thanksgiving Week, focus on 7 Habits idea of "Sharpen the Saw: It's Me (family) time.
     
     November 28- December 2nd
    Daily review of all assignments, assessments & projects. Week's focus: 1- Quick transition from holiday weekend. 2- 7 Habits- Habit 1: Be Proactive  3- Teacher-Student conferences on steps students' are taking on recognizing and implementing Proactivity vs. Reactivity.
     
    December 5-9
    Daily review of all assignments, assessments and projects. Week's focus: 1- Coping with holiday season stressors/ impact on academics  2- 7 Habits- Habit 1: Be Proactive 3- Teacher - student daily conferences on Habit 1. 
      
    December 12-16
    Daily review of all assignments, assessments and projects. Emphasis for week: 1- Progress reports coming out Friday; continue to monitor one's status in each class. 2- 7 Habits: Break bad patterns/recognize triggers. Replace with good habits. 3- Daily student-teacher conferences on dropping habits and replacing with new ones. 
     
     January 3-6
     Daily review of all assignments, assessments and projects. Week's focus: 1- Recognize deficiencies in progress report & strategize solutions. 2- 7 Habits: Habit 3: Analyze our Healthy activities which provide good health and a promising future. Likewise, recognize time wasting activities which lead us towards low self esteem and non-fulfillment of our potential. 3- Student-Teacher conferences focusing on these contrasting activities; how to recognize when we are in them (triggers) & how to shift from time-wasters into ones truly benefiting us.
     
    January 9-13
     Daily review of all assignments, assessments & projects. Week's emphasis: 1- Continue to analyze current class averages & create  ways to improve growth.  2- 7 Habits: Habit 3: Assess our daily time to determine the quadrant we fall in most of our day. 3- Begin small steps to place ourselves in the Important/Not Urgent quadrant to pack more into our life.  
     
    January 17-20
    Daily review of all assignments, assessments and projects. Week's focus: 1- On the homestretch for the marking period! Two weeks to go. Continue to analyze strengths and weaknesses. 2- 7 Habits: Habit 3: Don't Let Your Fears Decide.  Analyzing our Comfort Zone and how to stretch into our Courage Zone. 3- Strategies for test anxiety.
     
    January 23-27
    Daily review of all assignments, assessments and projects. Emphasis of week: 1- Last week of the marking period. Focus on finishing strong, and checking Genesis to determine if any work is missing. 2- 7 Habits: The Relationship Bank Account. Analyze how your 'Withdrawals and Deposits' match up with your relationships. 3- Setting Clear Expectations in relationships.
     
    January 30-February 3rd
    Daily review of all assignments, assessments and projects. Emphasis of week: 1- Review all grades of marking period 1. Plot how to maintain good grades and fix low ones. 2- 7 Habits: Habit 4 "Win-Win." Recognize when a Win- Lose arrangement is in place.   
     
    February 6-10th
    Daily review of all assignments, assessments and projects. Emphasis of week: 1- Mid year review of memorization strategies 2- 7 Habits: Habit 4, "Win-Win." Recognize when a Lose-Win, and a Lose-Lose situation is happening. 
     
    February 13-17th
    Daily review of all assignments, assessments and projects. Focus of week: 1- Imagery Memorization strategy 2- 7 Habits: Habit 4 Wrap-up. What can we do to add more 'Win-Wins' into our lives. 3- History of Meditation; how can we use it help us cope? 
     
    February 22-24th
    Daily review of all assignments, assessments and projects. Focus of week: What memorization strategies do you enjoy most?  2- 7 Habits: Habit 4: Baby steps you've taken to fulfill. 
     
    February 27-March 3rd
    Daily review of all assignments, assessments and projects. Emphasis of week: 1- Final week prior to progress reports... how's your status? 2- 7 Habits: Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood. 
     
    March 6-10th
    Daily review of all assignments, assessments and projects. Focus of week: 1- How are we responding to our progress reports? 2- 7 Habits, Habit 5: 5 Poor Listening Styles  3- Conferences focused on recognizing when others (and we) may use poor listening skills.  
     
    March 13-17th
    Daily review of all assignments, assessments and projects. Week's emphasis: 1- Genuine Listening skills (Part I): Listen with your Eyes, Heart & Ears 2- Conferences focused on implementing this skill into practice. 
     
    March 20-24th
    Daily review of all assignments, assessments and projects. Week's focus: 1- Genuine Listening skills (Part II): Mirroring what others are saying to us. 2- Role playing this skill.
     
    March 27-31st
    Daily review of all assignments, assessments and projects. Week's concentration: 1- Communicating with Parents. 2- Role playing this skill.
     
    April 3-7th
    Daily review of all assignments, assessments and projects. Week's focus: 1- Seek to be understood. 2- How can this be achieved