Monday, March 25, 2019

Talkin' Tuesdays - March 26, 2019

...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, March 26th!! 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 a former WSIS Cougar returns to share his talent: playing the trumpet!  Ms. Rossignol recently hosted a special guest following reading the book "The Trumpet of the Swan".

We are all born with different beautiful abilities.  In The Trumpet of the Swan, a children's novel published in 1970 by E.B. White, a swan named Louis is born without a voice and learns to play the trumpet in order to win the love of a swan named Serena.

Watch BSHS trumpeter, Garret, demonstrate what a trumpet sounds like while thinking about YOUR unique voice.  Later, we will also talk about the different places from where we all came, or,...heritage.

Thank was "PAW"some!  

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 selves.

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:


"What is your family heritage? From where did your ancestors come?"


Wait, that's not so hard, right?  "Heritage"...what does that mean?  Did your relatives come from another country, state, or town?  Did anyone you are related to live in another place before Berkeley Springs?

I'll go first.  Hi!  My name is Mrs. Hott.  My ancestors were from Ireland.  The McBee family came to Morgan County to work on the railroad.  My great-great-great grandfather, with his brothers, were given a land grant from the King.  My mom and dad still live there today.  
Here is a fun picture of me with my Aunt Marion, my dad, and my mom. 

Pretty awesome, right?  Now, it's YOUR turn!  When you are ready to share, raise your hand then tell us about YOUR family heritage!  Did you, your parents, or grandparents always live in Berkeley Springs?    Maybe you live with another family?  Tell us about the places you know about.  I was born in Berkeley Springs too!  Let's discover...

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, or even 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!

So...what do you THINK?

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