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Aug. 26-30

Aug. 26-30

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Aug. 26thAug. 26thAug. 26th---aug. 30th, 2013aug. 30th, 2013aug. 30th, 2013 
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The Week Ahead at DMHS….The Week Ahead at DMHS….The Week Ahead at DMHS….The Week Ahead at DMHS….
Mon. Aug. 26th, 2013:Mon. Aug. 26th, 2013:Mon. Aug. 26th, 2013:Mon. Aug. 26th, 2013:
FIRST DAY for STUDENTS!!!Tues. Aug. 27th:Tues. Aug. 27th:Tues. Aug. 27th:Tues. Aug. 27th:
Safety PD During Planning: in Media Center **all classified staff AND teacherassistants should find time to attend ONE of these sessions..8:30-9:30am: 1st period planning teachers10:00-11:00am: 2nd period planning teachers12:00-1:00pm: 3rd period planning teachers2:00-3:00pm: 4th period planning teachersWed. Aug. 28th:Wed. Aug. 28th:Wed. Aug. 28th:Wed. Aug. 28th:
Student Grade Level Meetings: **all meetings in Auditorium: we will call themdown10:00-10:30am: Freshmen10:45-11:20am: SophomoresThurs. Aug. 29th:Thurs. Aug. 29th:Thurs. Aug. 29th:Thurs. Aug. 29th:
Student Grade Level Meetings: **all meetings in Auditorium: we will call themdown10:00-10:30am: Juniors10:45-11:20am: SeniorsFri. Aug. 30th: HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!Fri. Aug. 30th: HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!Fri. Aug. 30th: HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!Fri. Aug. 30th: HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!Upcoming Events:Upcoming Events:Upcoming Events:Upcoming Events:Sept. 2nd: HOLIDAY: NO SCHOOLSept. 3rd: SLT meeting in Media Center **anyone is welcome to attendSept. 9th: 3:30-4:30pm: Staff meeting in Media CenterSept. 10th: 4:00-6:00pm: HS Collaboration meetingSept. 16th: Progress Reports GO HOMEOct. 7th: End of 1st Grading period and STAFF MEETING: 3:30-4:30pm
 
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I absolutely LOVE Harry Potter. Hopefully many of you do too. I thought this was appropriate fornot only our first days of school but also for our relationships project this y ear. This author alsohas a pretty cool blog…..See you Monday!Here are 10 life lessons from the Harry Potter Series in no particular order: (there could probably Here are 10 life lessons from the Harry Potter Series in no particular order: (there could probably Here are 10 life lessons from the Harry Potter Series in no particular order: (there could probably Here are 10 life lessons from the Harry Potter Series in no particular order: (there could probably be 100):be 100):be 100):be 100):
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Friendship and love make life worthwhileFriendship and love make life worthwhileFriendship and love make life worthwhileFriendship and love make life worthwhile. Harry is able to overcome the odds in his early life,even without the guidance of a nuclear family. His friendship with Hermoine and Ron and theentire Weasley family help him grow into a man his parents would’ve been proud of. It is be-cause of these relationships that he is able to persevere over the most terrible circumstances.Even when times get hard for each of us, the people we surround ourselves with will makethose times more bearable in life and in the classroom.
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We all need help sometimes.We all need help sometimes.We all need help sometimes.We all need help sometimes. In many situations, Harry didn’t want to include his friends orallow them to feel the weight of his most grevious burdens; he thought he could fight the mostdangerous wizard alone. He was wrong and luckily for him, his friends always were there tohelp, even when he didn’t want them to be. Without the help of Harry’s friends, he could neverhave accomplished what he did. Although asking for help is often challenging, we will all needand should accept the help of others when the circumstance deems it necessary.
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Sometimes it’s okay to break the rules.Sometimes it’s okay to break the rules.Sometimes it’s okay to break the rules.Sometimes it’s okay to break the rules. Although not adviseable all the time, in certain situa-tions Harry had to break the rules in order to save his friends and/or the school. In life, we allhave to make decisions that feel right in our gut. There may be rules that say we shouldn’t, butin matters where the greater good will benefit, it’s okay. For example, in NYC schools there isan electronics policy in place that says students can’t bring their personal electronic devices toclass. My administration allows me to break this rule because the students are so engaged intheir learning and the devices aren’t being misused.
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Although plans are useful, sometimes you have to just go with it.Although plans are useful, sometimes you have to just go with it.Although plans are useful, sometimes you have to just go with it.Although plans are useful, sometimes you have to just go with it. In the final Harry Potter book (and movie), Harry tells Hermione that they have to go back to Hogwarts to find a horcrux thatis hidden there. Hermione, adamant about methodical planning protests only to have Harry remind her that none of the plans have worked thus far. In life, we can organize and plan, butoften things don’t go as we expect; there must be a certain level of flexibility and adventure inall of us if we want to succeed in our tasks. This is particularly true in the classroom; with somany different personalities, a teacher must be ready with alternative solutions always.
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Perseverence is possible, alwaysPerseverence is possible, alwaysPerseverence is possible, alwaysPerseverence is possible, always. Despite Voldemorts exhaustive efforts to kill Harry over a 7 year period, Harry always manages to persevere and save the day. In each of our lives therewill be many obstacles that seem like they can break us, but we can’t allow them to, we MUSTpush on. As teachers, every day is a new day and despite the challenges, hardships or woes thatcould ruin our journey, we must remember why we chose this noble profession.
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It’s okay to ask for what we want.It’s okay to ask for what we want.It’s okay to ask for what we want.It’s okay to ask for what we want. Dumbledore says, “It is our choices…that show what wetruly are, far more than our abilities.” Although the sorting hat was confused as to whichhouse Harry belonged in, Harry knew he didn’t want to be a Slytherin. Simply asking for whatHarry wanted, skewed the hat’s decision. When we want something, we must ask for it or elsewe will never get it.
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Don’t judge people by what they seemDon’t judge people by what they seemDon’t judge people by what they seemDon’t judge people by what they seem. The obvious first person to consider here is Snape, ateacher who seemed to have it out for Harry since the day he stepped foot into Hogwarts. Later,we find out that Snape has always been protecting Harry because of a deal he made withDumbledore and a true love he felt toward Lily Potter. We will always meet students or col-leagues who aren’t what they seem. Judging, avoiding or hating them doesn’t help. Always getto know someone, find out what they are about before you determine your relationship withthem.
10 Lessons I’ve learned from Harry Potter
By: Starr Sackstein
http://bit.ly/12XUG2S 
 

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