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School Announcements

PAC Meeting

There will be a PAC meeting on October 2nd from 4:30 until 5:30 in the Library. Please plan to attend.

Homecoming Week

Homecoming week is September 29th thru October 4th. Here is a list of events and times:
Monday- Spirit Day, Assembly Schedule. Tuesday-Neon Day. Boys Soccer at 4:00pm against Jefferson, Volleyball against DSST at 4:00pm. Ironman immediately following volleyball games. Wednesday-Tye Dye day. Thursday-Freshman wear black, Sophomore wear blue, Juniors wear red and Seniors wear purple. Powder Puff game is at 7:00pm with the Bonfire immediately following. Friday-7:00pm Football game against Pinnacle. Saturday- Homecoming dance at Middle Park High School. 8:00pm to 11:00pm. We hope to see all of you at our events. GO PANTHERS!!!!!!!
 

DAILY BULLETIN

To view the daily bulletin click here.

Thoughts from the Principal's Office

Parents, students, friends and family,
 
What a month! Clearly, at Middle Park High School, we have experienced a great deal of change, new faces and new ideas about challenge. With that said, I am again, amazed at a community of teachers, parents and students that are doing the difficult work of engaging a challenging and rigorous curriculum. However, this does not come without some fear and loathing.  As the adults in these student’s lives, we need to be supportive, consistent and encouraging as they go forth with our new offerings.
 
Many students have loaded their schedules and others are trying something that they never thought they were capable of.  The question for the adults is, “What do we say when it gets overwhelming or difficult for the student?”
 
My thoughts on this are contained in Caroline Dweck’s work “Mindset”.  It is about helping children develop resilience, “grit” in the midst of adversity and challenge.  One of the greatest treasures that we can give our children is a context in what to do when the going gets tough. 
 
It’s a simple A, B, and C recipe.  A is the adversity, the challenge.  B is the belief about adversity.  C is the consequence.  At times, I have seen students rush to drop a class to save the GPA, to not destroy the scholarship or college opportunity, to get rid of this nagging course that is making them miserable.  Often times, students have not talked to their instructor, or engaged their classmates for a study group, and have made no effort other than to relieve themselves of this burden. They go from adversity (A) to consequence (C) without exploring what they believe (B) about meeting the adversity or difficult challenge. 
 
It is the job of the adults to guide and help our children develop a belief system around adverse and difficult tasks.  We have many sayings and quotes. Often, family stories of adversity and triumph are lessons that last a lifetime.  I’ll be the first to admit I never enjoyed seeing my children suffer through any difficulty.  But their pride in their personal success achieved in pushing through their unique challenges has served them very well in their adult years.
 
We can be amazing parents by supporting our children with a belief system around adversity rather than eliminating the moments of discomfort that comes with the challenges that life brings.
 
Winston Churchill said, “Success is not forever, failure is rarely fatal, but courage is everything.”   You can nurture courage by building your child’s belief around challenge and adversity.  Thank you for being the great community that is supporting a great school.
 
Finally, Homecoming Week is Sept. 29 though Oct. 4. Join the fun! Activities are on the Home page.  Alumni, please take the time to say hello.  Middle Park High School has a rich tradition and I would love to engage both the present and the past.
 
Sincerely yours,
 
Thom. Schnellinger, M.A.
Principal, Middle Park High School
 
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