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Principal's Message

                 The Power of Yet

Welcome to both our returning families and staff and those who are new to our community. We look forward to working together to make the 2018-2019 school year positive, memorable, and full of optimal learning. We will continue to build our school spirit and the important learning that occurs both in the classroom and through initiatives like: our student powered nutrition program that offers daily healthy meals, snacks, and a zero waste initiative, classroom litter pickup program, recycling, a broad range of student clubs, and monthly celebrations centered on engaged workers with an entrepreneurial spirit. Further, as a part of Medicine Hat Public School District (MHPSD), Herald School is committed to creating leadership opportunities for staff and students, building an inclusive mindset, cultivating a culture of wellness, and constructing an optimal learning environment.

The construction occurring at the school and in the neighborhood is exciting and on-going. We are exploring various parking options and we appreciate parents following the expectations for the parking lot so that we are keeping students safe.  Thanks to all of the families that attended our Annual Corn Roast this year and the weather cooperated for a beautiful evening. Students also participated in the Terry Fox Walk, Run, and Roll within the Herald neighborhood. This event also illustrates the power of yet, which we are learning about on a school-wide basis.

                                      

This growth mindset is not just teaching students to feel good about themselves rather it builds the understanding that all students can learn and make progress via hard work, perseverance and effort. All students can improve their achievement (Hattie, 2016). According to Carol Dweck (2012), the addition of yet shares that in the near future, with practice, they will succeed. Dweck’s studies have shown that teaching children the addition of “yet” or “not yet,” results in greater confidence, and creates greater persistence as they see success in the future. In one study, Dweck taught students that every time they push out of their comfort zone to learn something new and difficult, the neurons in their brain can develop new, stronger connections. The students who were taught this lesson actually got smarter over time.

My door is open and if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback please come and share with me. Please join us at our School Council meeting on Thursday September 27th at 6:00 pm in Room 4 (grade 6 McCutchan room) with babysitting available. Thanks for being a part of the Herald Community.

Respectfully,

Kelly Kuester

Herald School Principal

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