SAT Question of the Day

Today, 11/23/2014
High: 52 Low: 45
Mostly cloudy
6% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 11/24/2014
High: 67 Low: 46
Rain likely
63% chance of precipitation.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, November 23
Westlake Players Present
1:00 PM
"Fools" at J.S. Whearty Theater (WHS)
Thursday, November 27
Thanksgiving Recess
Schools Closed
Friday, November 28
Thanksgiving Recess
Schools Closed

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PLAY the Rice Game Now!
For each answer you get right, they will  donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.

New York Times Who's Who and What's What. Click here to see what you know about current events

Daily Announcements

Attention Seniors …
Cap and Gown Measurements Next Week!
Wednesday, November 26
Auditorium — during lunch periods
Cash or check payable to Mt. Pleasant CSD for $22.50 is due for Cap & Gown at time of order. Cash only will be accepted for an extra tassel or key chain with souvenir sized tassel ($5 each) on this day only.

17th Annual John Barresi Memorial Turkey Trot
Saturday, November 29, 10:00 am
Register at 9:30am in school Lobby for this 3 mile run/walk
Suggested Donation: $10

All funds support the John Barresi Memorial Scholarship Fund

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Cable TV Schedule

Cablevision channel 77 or FIOS channel 24 on air:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 12 noon - midnight
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday — 6 a.m. - 12 noon

BOE Meetings
Monday/Wednesday/Fridays: 8 - 9 p.m.
Tuesday/Thursday/Saturdays: 9 - 10 a.m.

Bond Information Programming on the hour

From the Principal

The days are shorter and the temperature is beginning to drop, with those changes also comes the close of the first quarter of school. November is a fast-paced month with many different events happening. Please look at the events calendar for an overview of important dates and activities.

I want to start off by acknowledging the tremendous work of our fall athletes. Each of our teams had season records that placed them into post-season play with football, girls’ soccer and volleyball making it to final rounds of competition before ending their season. These accomplishments came as a result of the dedication and hard work of our student athletes and their coaches. Winter sports (JV and Varsity) are getting underway with tryouts next week.

Habits of Mind

This year as I watched our athletes out on the field and as I travel through the halls and into classrooms I have seen a noticeable change. There is a quality I am seeing surface in our students that connects directly to this month’s Habits of Mind. Students are taking to heart the notion of “managing impulsivity.” This habit of mind requires students to take their time and be thoughtful in how they approach a new situation or a problem. One of the greatest gifts this quality gives us is the ability to remain calm and think deliberately on how to address the situation that is unfolding. Mastering this habit takes time but pays huge dividends to those that succeed. It provides the “space” needed to address a problem objectively without the emotional side of our psyche taking over. Think of all the situations in our lives where thinking before acting could have saved you some heartache!

A great way to encourage this way of thinking is taking deliberate steps to force your child to “digest” the problem first, before acting. This is accomplished in the classroom through a practice we call “wait time.” This is the time a teacher provides between posing a challenging question and/or task and taking responses from students. This practice and habit of mind directly
supports several other habits that will be in December’s Newsletter.

As always I look forward to seeing you at our activities and enjoy Thanksgiving!

Dedicated to excellence,

Keith Schenker