Flood Day Lessons: 6th, 7th and 8th

6th Grade
Hey 6th graders,
I hope you were able to use our floody day of to your advantage and get a few extra hours of sleep:)
For today’s lesson, you need to take the character strengths survey from Via Strengths. It will take about 20 minutes or so.
Click here to take the quiz.
Once you’ve gotten to the page, you’ll need to register an account or is you have taken this survey before, try to remember your login to take the survey again. Sometimes our strengths shift!
You are going to take the Strengths Survey for Youth.
If you don’t have an account and are setting up a new one, you might have trouble getting started. You don’t need to fill in the demographics section, just click “I’m taking this quiz for myself”. If it’s still giving you trouble, you might need to put in a different birth year so it looks like you are over 13.
After you get the results, please download them and save them onto your computer, as we’ll be discussing them next class.
Then, write the following journal reflection…
Reflect on your top VIA strengths. Do you think they are an accurate representation of who you are? Are there any you disagree with? Can you think of specific times you have demonstrated your top strengths?
Just do your journal on your laptop or a separate sheet of paper and bring it in to stick in your classroom journal.
Hey 7th graders!
Sorry about the floody day schedule! Hopefully you were able to use it to your advantage and get a few extra hours of sleep
For today’s lesson, we’ll be learning more about goal setting and advocacy. You’re going to be reading about Jilly Dos Santos, a high school student who was able to bring about a big change at her school by using the right tools for advocacy- and goal setting!
Click the link below to read the article about her.
Then write the following journal reflection…
What was Jilly’s goal? How was it a SMART (specific, measurable, adjustable, realistic, and timely) one? What can we learn from her example?
Just do your reflection on your laptop or on a separate sheet of paper and bring it in so you can stick it in your classroom journal at school.
Let me know if you have any questions!  leah.hefte@saschina.org
Hey 8th graders!
When you’re hanging out at home today, please take some time to work on your Character Strength Project.  Remember this is the project where you are looking at one of your top three character strengths and really thinking about how you embody this character strength, how you use this strength on a regular basis and the importance of the strength in your life.
If you are having a hard time thinking about how you embody this character strength, ask your family!!!  I’m sure they can think of multiple ways describing how you embody this strength.  They know you best!
Here are the requirements of your project:
  • You can use any medium to display your top strength.  Ex: video, animation, podcast, poster with picture, pictures, etc.  GET INNOVATIVE!
  • Somehow, someway in your project you need to state
    • how you embody this character strength
    • how you use this strength on a regular basis
    • the importance of the strength in your life.
We will have one more class day (Thursday, August 26) to work on this project and then the presentations will be the following class on Monday, August 30.
If you have any questions, please send me an email:  leah.hefte@saschina.org
Have a great floody day off!!

Seniors! Tips and Tools for Senior Year and Ever After…

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Hey seniors!!!!

You have heard senior year can be stressful… but it doesn’t have to be! Learn strategies and coping skills you can use during the college application season and throughout your college years as well.

Here’s what today’s going to look like:


2.  Stress Prevention…Ahhh

  • What do you do to deal?

3. Meditative practice

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4. Positive Communication and Skits

  • Remember…reaching out to others is a great way to lessen and prevent stress
  • Interactive Skits


Have a fabulous SENIOR YEAR!

Spread the Mindfulness!

A great video on how my hometown is incorporating Mindfulness in the classroom.

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