Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Nov. 26, 2018 - Makin' Music Mondays

...where ALL students are UNIQUE and Wonderfully Made!

WELCOME BACK!  Mrs. Hott is excited to be back at Warm Springs Intermediate School!  I missed you ALL and hope you had a POSITIVE Thanksgiving Break!  Before we begin today's regularly scheduled programming, join Cutie the Cougar and the Positive Action Players for a journey around Warm Springs Intermediate School where we will take a look at our "Cougar Expectations!"  

Get ready, get set, GO follow the Cougar Ways in the CLASSROOM

Any questions?  Here are the Recess Expectations.  Let's talk about them:


Welcome to Positive Actions Community Character Vlogs!  Today is November 26th!!! Mrs. Hott is SUPER excited to share Positive Actions with Morgan County students because today, and each Monday, is "Makin' Music Mondays!" where we celebrate in song our "PAW"some school!

Do YOU know that "the way we think about ourselves controls how happy, healthy, and successful we will be"?  In Positive Actions this year, we will discover that we each have beautiful, unique characteristics that are all important and valuable to our Cougar Community, here, at school, and at home.

In our Positive Actions classroom time in the Cougar Den for this week, we will begin our unit on Physical and Intellectual Wellness.  Since we have returned from a loooooong break, we will first work on the Positive Action to EXERCISE.  

This week, on our community character vlogcast, we will meet a friend many remember from another school, Widmeyer Elementary.  Just wait till you see who it is!!!  Bet you will discover something you didn't know about them; and super cool, he tells us of a great Positive Action he does every morning.  I want YOU to try it too!  Later, you will see us discuss COMMUNICATION and COURTESY.  For this week community values we will watch and talk about two simple words that are key to POSITIVE communication:  "please" and "thank you!"  We will see that if we use these positive words, others will too...that's called being a GOOD EXAMPLE FOR OTHERS!

Today's vlogcast, is our magical, musical sing-along with the....

Warm Springs Intermediate School's
POSITIVE ACTION SINGERS

WSIS Positive Action Singers with the Morgan County Board of Education
November 6, 2017
World Premiere Performance of 'Mr. Cable's Cougar Creed'

  Our teachers and/or students are invited to strum-along and jam with your Morgan County Board of Education, Superintendent Erich May, the Tri-State Ukulectics and sing loudly to Mr. Cable's Cougar Creed....

...and please, sing louder than Mrs. Hott. 

MR. CABLE'S COUGAR CREED




(chorus)
I can be kind
And caring too
For others and for me
It’s the right thing to do
I know that my home, school, and community
Have people who care about me

I know I am unique
There’s only one like me
Filled with valuable qualities
I’m made wonderfully
(chorus)

When I get up for school
I think of that Golden Rule
Treating others just and fair
Will show students I care

Be nice, be kind, be strong
We all want to get along
To make today the best
To all, I show respect
(chorus)

Positive Actions, I will choose
Helping others and my school
Get us all to reach our goals
With safe, responsible roles

We are all Cougars that Care
At school, at home, and play
Students can change the world
Beginning with today
(chorus)

Yay!  You ALL sound "PAW"some!!!  Great job!  Thanks for joining in and singing "Mr. Cable's Cougar Creed"! Was that fun?  If time, try to sing again...just fast forward pass the intro and sing-along.


Begin every day with Positive Actions:


Get Ready for a POSITIVE school week! 

Cougars that EXERCISE
can change the world!

Nov. 27, 2018 - Talkin' Tuesdays

...where ALL students are UNIQUE and Wonderfully Made!
Time for POSITIVE ACTIONS!

Today is TEACHER TALKIN TUESDAY where we see that our school family of teachers, staff, and administrators care 
about the students at
Warm Springs Intermediate School!

And, where we will take a Positive moment each week to 
"Talk It Out"
and discuss discoveries and important student issues.

Before we begin today's regularly scheduled programming, join Cutie the Cougar and the Positive Action Players for a journey around Warm Springs Intermediate School where we will take a look at our "Cougar Expectations!"  

Get ready, get set, GO follow the Cougar Ways in the HALLWAY!  

Any questions?  Here are the Hallway Expectations.  Let's talk about them:


I am so excited to be back for Positive Actions today, Nov.  27th!! For each "Teacher Talkin' Tuesday" in Positive Actions, we will meet a new member of our school family community that cares about YOU!  

As we listen to our school family share their dreams, how hard they worked/studied, when they were little, stories of their life, and how Positive Actions helped them, we learn a little more about each other.  Discovering about each other's life helps us to understand why and how we become who we are.

Here is today's video vlog from Mrs. Hott where we will get to meet someone special!  Listen to Mr. Beckman share a simple PAWsitive Action he does every morning..... 




Maybe YOU remember Mr. Beckman?  He is the principal at Widmeyer Elementary.  What did he say his Positive Action was that day???  
YOU'RE RIGHT!  A "SMILE!"  
Since we are returning to school from a looooong break, Mrs. Hott wants YOU to SMILE too!  
Try it!  I promise you will feel positive, like Mr. Beckman.

Hahahahaha!  (I like the baby smile!)

YOUR student assets are what will help you succeed here at school and as you grow up.  When we learn more about our teachers and staff, it helps to create a caring school climate, which is an essential external developmental asset. 

So, guess what that means?!  Your teachers also want to learn more about YOU too!  For Positive Actions each Tuesday, you will have the opportunity to share something new about yourself with your teacher and classmates.  It is "Talk It Out Time!"  Each week, we will share one brand spanking new thing about our self.

Here is what Mrs. Hott wants you to do each week.  I will give you a completely different topic, and you will share with your teacher and friends something brand new or unknown about yourself!  Just watch the discoveries...we may find that someone in our class we don't know very well may have something in common with us!  Or, we may be completely and crazily different.  And, guess what?!...That is A-OK!  It is a Positive Action to learn about our community's likes and respect each other's differences.

So, for today's "Talk It Out," are you ready?  Here is our discovery question:

"Who is your hero? (a real person)"


Wait, that's not so hard, right?  But once you have decided who your  hero is, I want you to also include WHY he/she is your favorite real person hero.  What special thing did this person do?  Why do you love this individual?

I'll go first.  Hi!  My name is Mrs. Hott.  My favorite real person hero is,....my daughter, Violet! I think she is my hero because her heart - and brain - inspire not only me, but others.  Before I tell you more, just looooook at this cutie pie!
Oh wait!!! That wasn't the picture for which I was looking.  (Goodness sakes, don't tell Violet I showed you this...lol!) But oh my, check out those curls.  I remember this day, and see that ginormous smile and chubby cheeks?  Well, she sure looks the same to me...just a little taller these days.

See here:
Violet Hott, holding a real brain at Brown University, Summer 2016.

When Violet was born, she spent many extra nights in the hospital.  She sure scared her daddy and me.  Now, she will soon graduate from Berkeley Springs High School.  Violet, while a student, spent two summers attending pre-college classes at Brown University.

Here, you see her holding a real brain!  She studied neuroscience.  In 2017, Violet returned to take a class about becoming a doctor.  Violet LOVES science!  She even enjoyed shadowing a doctor in an emergency room, watching surgical procedures, and...get this... the cadaver lab.  (ewe, right!).  

Violet is my hero because she is not only interested in science, but she also cares for other students in Morgan County!  She started the Cougar Club at the high school that comes to WSIS for buddy day!  

Pretty awesome, right?  Now, it's YOUR turn!  When you are ready to share, raise your hand then tell us YOUR favorite real hero and why!

That was awesome too!  You ALL just did a positive action by sharing something about yourself.  It is positive because it helps us to better understand each other. 

To close, we will finish Talkin Tuesdays with a chance for you to share something important with your teacher.  Is there something you feel like "if my teacher only knew...." it would help her/him understand you better?  What is new this week you can tell your teacher?  For example, if my teacher knew how hard I tried or I really did do my best on our spelling words, you may feel more positive!  Or, if my teacher only knew why I was late again, maybe she/he can help me, etc.

In your Positive Action folder, you will find a Talk It Out Tuesday page.  Here, write one thing down you wish your teacher knew about your week.  Sometimes it helps to get our thoughts together when we write it down.  And, if you need to talk later, just ask your teacher, parent, friend, Mr. Elias, or Mrs. Hott by saying "May I please share a "talk it out" with you?"

Remember, sometimes our negative thoughts can turn positive just by telling or sharing with another person!  It is a Positive Action to "peacefully resolve our conflicts" too with others at home, school, and our community.  "Talking it out" starts with one student at a time...and that is.....

YOU!

WSIS Cougars who talk it out 
can change the world!

Value Vlog Vednesday - COURTESY on Nov. 28, 2018

...where ALL students are UNIQUE and Wonderfully Made!

Today is VALUE VIDEO "V"EDNESDAY!  

Before we begin today's regularly scheduled programming, join Cutie the Cougar and the Positive Action Players for a journey around Warm Springs Intermediate School where we will take a look at our "Cougar Expectations!"  

Get ready, get set, GO follow the Cougar Ways in the  BATHROOM
Any questions?  Here are the Recess Expectations.  
Let's talk about them:


I am so excited to be back for Positive Actions today, Nov. 28th!  On Wednesdays, we will be examining Value Video Vednesdays when we will take a look at positive values to help us grow into a caring cougar community of students at Warm Springs Intermediate School.  

Today's video takes a look at a students and adults who are positive when they say PLEASE and THANK YOU.  When we recognize and encourage COURTESY in our world, we are making positive choices to become students with good moral and ethical qualities, helping us to achieve personal excellence.  

Watch today's VALUE VIDEO VEDNESDAY, and talk about who illustrates positive actions when they say PLEASE AND THANK YOU:



Let's talk about it.  Were you surprised?  Why?

Discuss who showed a Positive Thought?

Who shows a Positive Action?

What is the Positive Feeling you have when you see this video?

Now, think of a person who you know that has made an effort to exercise courtesy and say PLEASE and THANK YOU. What did he/she do? 

Today, Mrs. Hott wants you to do a Positive Action too!  Try it! 

WSIS Cougars that are COURTEOUS

can change the world!

Communication on Nov. 29, 2018 - Raise the Roof....

...on student assets!  
Where ALL students are UNIQUE and WONDERFULLY MADE!

Today is Raising Student Assets Thursday!

Before we begin today's regularly scheduled programming, join Cutie the Cougar and the Positive Action Players for a journey around Warm Springs Intermediate School where we will take a look at our "Cougar Expectations!"  
Get ready, get set, GO follow the Cougar Ways in the CAFETERIA!

Any questions?  Here are the Cafeteria Expectations.  Let's talk about them:


I am so excited to be back for Positive Actions today, Nov. 29th! As we continue to improve our positive thoughts, actions and feelings, today we will take a look at raising student assets and a super important positive action word:

COMMUNICATION

Tell your teacher what you think the word "COMMUNICATION" means.
"successfully and positively conveying or sharing of ideas and feelings"

Communication.  What does "communication" looks like?  If we look with positive hearts, we may discover that communication can be positive -- even in a negative situation!  Watch this video:





"We've all been there... someone does something that angers us and our first reaction is to say words we know we should not. Our reaction can sometimes give a bad example. This message captures a stressful time in traffic when a little girl gives her father a gentle reminder to think before speaking."

Do you use positive "communication" with your classmates?  Tell your teacher of a time when you used positive words to talk to a friend at school. 

What about at home?  Share a time when you used positive communication with a family member...what happened?

What about in your community?  Do you hear positive words when you are out and about?  Share a time that you heard both negative and positive communication.

And remember, it is also important to know that here at Warm Springs Intermediate School, we are all part of a "cougar community" where the most important friend is...

YOU!


Cougars that use positive COMMUNICATION 
can change the world!

Community Cougars that CARE - Nov. 30, 2018

...where ALL students are UNIQUE and Wonderfully Made!

Time for POSITIVE ACTIONS!
Today is FUN FRIDAY where we see that our community cares about the students at
Warm Springs Intermediate School


Before we begin today's regularly scheduled programming, join Cutie the Cougar and the Positive Action Players for a journey around Warm Springs Intermediate School where we will take a look at our "Cougar Expectations!"  
Get ready, get set, GO follow the Cougar Ways at RECESS!  

Any questions?  Here are the Recess Expectations.  Let's talk about them:

I am so excited to be back for Positive Actions today, Nov. 30th! Each Fun Friday in Positive Actions, we will meet a new friend in our community that cares about YOU!  Meet Mr. Larry Omps!  

Have you ever driven by the Country Inn in downtown Berkeley Springs?  Maybe you have eaten there or know someone who works in the restaurant?  Well....Mr. Omps and his family are the owners of this landmark in Morgan County!  And, we found him in the lobby one day when he had just returned from vacation last summer.  

Here is today's video vlog from Mrs. Hott: 



Some days are hard; but with Positive Thoughts, Actions, and Feelings, YOU can make choices to help you and others have a Positive future!

Here are a few questions for you:  
1)  Think about someone in your family.  Tell your teacher one Positive Action that person did recently.
2)  Now, think about someone here in our school community.  What is one Positive Action you saw that you liked?  Next, be sure to tell that person "thanks!" for being Positive!
3)  And, think about someone from your neighborhood or community.  What Positive Action did you see that person do?  
(Share answers with each other.)

Remember, it is a Positive Action to follow the Golden Rule because changing the world starts with one student at a time...and that is.....

YOU!



(close with Golden Rule and sing along when ready!)

WSIS Cougars that are POSITIVE
can change the world!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Video Vlog Vednesday - Nov. 14, 2018 - BELIEVE

...where ALL students are UNIQUE and Wonderfully Made!

Today is VALUE VIDEO "V"EDNESDAY!  

I am so excited to be back for Positive Actions today, Nov. 14th!  On Wednesdays, we will be examining Value Video Vednesdays when we will take a look at positive values to help us grow into a caring cougar community of students at Warm Springs Intermediate School.  

Today's video takes a look at a students who are positive when they practice BELIEVING in their dreams.  When we recognize and encourage students to BELIEVE in themselves, we are making positive choices to become students with good moral and ethical qualities, helping us to achieve personal excellence.  And, we also have positive feelings when others BELIEVE in us.

Watch today's VALUE VIDEO VEDNESDAY, and talk about who illustrates the positive value to BELIEVE :





We all have dreams of what we would like to become someday or something we would like to accomplish in our lifetime. Unfortunately, self-doubt can often take over, keeping us from realizing our dreams. The truth is, with a little hard work and belief in ourselves, anything is possible. "I Believe" by Bon Jovi serves as the perfect backdrop for this message about Believing in Your Dreams... Pass It On.



With the season among us to do those big projects like Science Fair or Social Studies Fair, many students feel overwhelmed.  Positive Action says to "believe" in your idea and study something that interests you.  What were some of the interesting activities you saw in this video? 

Believing in herself and with hard work, the student in the end was successful with her science fair project.  You can be too! 

Discuss who showed a Positive Thought?

Who shows a Positive Action?

What is the Positive Feeling you have when you see this video?

Today, Mrs. Hott wants you to do a Positive Action too!  Try it! 

WSIS Cougars who BELIEVE in themselves
can change the world!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Talkin' Tuesdays - Nov. 13, 2018

...where ALL students are UNIQUE and Wonderfully Made!
Time for POSITIVE ACTIONS!

Today is TEACHER TALKIN TUESDAY where we see that our school family of teachers, staff, and administrators care 
about the students at
Warm Springs Intermediate School!

And, where we will take a Positive moment each week to 
"Talk It Out"
and discuss important student issues.

I am so excited to be back for Positive Actions today, Nov.  13th!! For each "Teacher Talkin' Tuesday" in Positive Actions, we will meet a new member of our school family community that cares about YOU!  

As we listen to our school family share their dreams, how hard they worked/studied, when they were little, stories of their life, and how Positive Actions helped them, we learn a little more about each other.  Discovering about each other's life helps us to understand why and how we become who we are.

Here is today's video vlog from Mrs. Hott where we will get to meet Mr Cable, school principal from our Warm Springs Intermediate family: 




YOUR student assets are what will help you succeed here at school and as you grow up.  When we learn more about our teachers and staff, it helps to create a caring school climate, which is an essential external developmental asset. 

So, guess what that means?!  Your teachers also want to learn more about YOU too!  For Positive Actions each Tuesday, you will have the opportunity to share something new about yourself with your teacher and classmates.  It is "Talk It Out Time!"  Each week, we will share one brand spanking new thing about our self.

Here is what Mrs. Hott wants you to do each week.  I will give you a completely different topic, and you will share with your teacher and friends something brand new or unknown about yourself!  Just watch the discoveries...we may find that someone in our class we don't know very well may have something in common with us!  Or, we may be completely and crazily different.  And, guess what?!...That is OK!  It is a Positive Action to learn about our community's likes and respect each other's differences.

So, for today's "Talk It Out," are you ready?  Here is our discovery question:

"Who is your favorite super hero?"


Wait, that's not so hard, right?  But once you have decided who your favorite super heor is, I want you to also include WHY he/she is your favorite.

I'll go first.  Hi!  My name is Mrs. Hott.  My favorite super hero is Captain America! I like Captain America because I personally feel he has positive qualities that represent the USA.  And, because in Spiderman Homecoming, I really thought his segments were both funny and clever.  In fact, when we talk about the Positive Action value word "patience" we will discuss this video.  (And, I will warn you, you will have to "wait" for it!) Check it out:




Hahaha!  That was funny right?  This actually appeared at the end of all the movie credits.  And, it was a real exercise in patience.  

Pretty awesome, right?  Now, it's YOUR turn!  When you are ready to share, raise your hand then tell us YOUR favorite super hero and why!

That was awesome too!  You ALL just did a positive action by sharing something about yourself.  It is positive because it helps us to better understand each other. 

To close, we will finish Talkin Tuesdays with a chance for you to share something important with your teacher.  Is there something you feel like "if my teacher only knew...." it would help her/him understand you better?  What is new this week you can tell your teacher?  For example, if my teacher knew how hard I tried or I really did do my best on our spelling words, you may feel more positive!  Or, if my teacher only knew why I was late again, maybe she/he can help me, etc.

In your Positive Action folder, you will find a Talk It Out Tuesday page.  Here, write one thing down you wish your teacher knew about your week.  Sometimes it helps to get our thoughts together when we write it down.  And, if you need to talk later, just ask your teacher, parent, friend, Mr. Elias, or Mrs. Hott by saying "May I please share a "talk it out" with you?"

Remember, sometimes our negative thoughts can turn positive just by telling or sharing with another person!  It is a Positive Action to "peacefully resolve our conflicts" too with others at home, school, and our community.  "Talking it out" starts with one student at a time...and that is.....

YOU!

WSIS Cougars who talk it out 
can change the world!

NEIGHBORS for Nov. 15, 2018 - Raising the Roof....

on student assets!  
Where ALL students are UNIQUE and WONDERFULLY MADE!

Today is Raising Student Assets Thursday!

I am so excited to be back for Positive Actions today, Nov. 15th! As we continue to improve our positive thoughts, actions and feelings, today we will take a look at raising student assets and a super important positive action word:

NEIGHBORS

Tell your teacher what you think the word "NEIGHBOR" means.
"a person living near or next door"

Neighbors.  What do "neighbors" look like?  If we look with positive hearts, we may discover a neighbor really does care!  Watch this video:




"Sometimes the last thing you want to do for somebody ought to be the first. In "Neighbors," the creators wanted to portray a person who, in many ways, wasn't "deserving" of help. The character of Edna is a grouchy person. Yet the mother has taught her daughter the important lesson that their job as neighbors is to help out, without an expectation that their good gesture would be equally reciprocated."

Think of a "neighbor" in your classroom?  Tell your teacher how you can show them a positive action at school.

Now, think of a "neighbor" at home.  Do you have a neighbor that is cranky, like Edna?  (I do!)  How can you show Positive Actions to others that are not always positive?  Like our good neighbors, some need a little extra PATIENCE.  Share a story about a time when YOU needed to be patience with a friend or neighbor.

Finally, are YOU ever a cranky Edna?  What can we do to share Positive Actions with others?

And remember, it is also important to know that here at Warm Springs Intermediate School, we are all part of a "cougar community" where the most important friend is...

YOU!

Cougars that are positive NEIGHBORS 
can change the world!

Community Cougars that CARE - Nov. 16, 2018

...where ALL students are UNIQUE and Wonderfully Made!

Time for POSITIVE ACTIONS!
Today is FUN FRIDAY where we see that our community cares about the students at
Warm Springs Intermediate School

NEWS FLASH ** NEWS FLASH ** NEWS FLASH
WSIS Got TALENT...see!


Widmeyer Elementary Students have TALENT too! Watch this:
That.was.PAWsome!!! I am so proud of you ALL!

I am so excited to be back for Positive Actions today, November 16th! Each Fun Friday in Positive Actions, we will meet a new friend in our community that cares about YOU!  Meet Ms. Shelley!  Ms. Shelley is a from the Boys and Girls Club!  We found her this summer with a whole bunch of Morgan County children visiting the town pool. 

Do YOU know Ms. Shelley?  She is a Community Cougar that Cares!

Here is today's video vlog from Mrs. Hott: 





Some days are hard; but with Positive Thoughts, Actions, and Feelings, YOU can make choices to help you and others have a Positive future!

Here are a few questions for you:  
1)  Think about someone in your family.  Tell your teacher one Positive Action that person did recently.
2)  Now, think about someone here in our school community.  What is one Positive Action you saw that you liked?  Next, be sure to tell that person "thanks!" for being Positive!
3)  And, think about someone from your neighborhood or community.  What Positive Action did you see that person do?  
(Share answers with each other.)

Remember, it is a Positive Action to follow the Golden Rule because changing the world starts with one student at a time...and that is.....


YOU!



(close with Golden Rule and sing along when ready!)

WSIS Cougars that CARE
can change the world!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Nov. 9, 2018 - Community Cougars that CARE!

...where ALL students are UNIQUE and Wonderfully Made!

Time for POSITIVE ACTIONS!
Today is FUN FRIDAY where we see that our community cares about the students at
Warm Springs Intermediate School

NEWS FLASH**NEWS FLASH**NEWS FLASH!
Congratulations to Ms. Myers!  She was nominated by Rhaina to receive a GOTCHA BEING PAWsitive game card because she "takes her time to help us work" . Thank YOU Ms. Myers!

I am so excited to be back for Positive Actions today, November 9th! Each Fun Friday in Positive Actions, we will meet a new friend in our community that cares about YOU!  Today, we feature friends in our school family showing the community that they care in a new "Gotcha Game Video" about Veteran's Day "Placemat Project!"  Watch our WSIS Cougars share their TALENT with others:


Here is today's video vlog from Mrs. Hott: 






Some days are hard; but with Positive Thoughts, Actions, and Feelings, YOU can make choices to help you and others have a Positive future!

Here are a few questions for you:  
1)  Think about someone in your family.  Tell your teacher one Positive Action that person did recently.
2)  Now, think about someone here in our school community.  What is one Positive Action you saw that you liked?  Next, be sure to tell that person "thanks!" for being Positive!
3)  And, think about someone from your neighborhood or community.  What Positive Action did you see that person do?  
(Share answers with each other.)

Remember, it is a Positive Action to follow the Golden Rule because changing the world starts with one student at a time...and that is.....


YOU!



(close with Golden Rule and sing along when ready!)

WSIS Cougars that share their TALENT
can change the world!

Nov. 26, 2018 - Makin' Music Mondays

...where ALL students are UNIQUE and  Wonderfully  Made! WELCOME BACK!  Mrs. Hott is excited to be back at Warm Springs Intermediate Schoo...