By Jill Bridge, Licensed School Counselor, Tiger Elementary
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to forget the importance of gratitude. But did you know that being grateful can actually have a positive impact on students’ education and their life? Let’s find out ways that practicing gratitude can help our students/kids. You can also take these practices and apply them to your life too.
Gratitude is the act of being thankful and appreciative for the things we have in life. It goes beyond saying “thank you” and involves a deeper sense of appreciation. When students cultivate an attitude of gratitude, they develop a mindset that focuses on the positive aspects of their lives.
One way being grateful helps students is by enhancing their overall well-being. When students take the time to acknowledge and appreciate the opportunities they have, it can lead to increased happiness and satisfaction. This positive mindset creates a conducive environment for learning and growth.
Being grateful also improves students’ mental health. In a world where stress and anxiety are common, practicing gratitude can act as a powerful antidote. Regularly expressing gratitude can reduce stress levels, increase resilience, and improve self-esteem. By promoting a sense of calmness and positivity, gratitude allows students to better cope with challenges and setbacks in their life journey.
Furthermore, gratitude fosters stronger relationships among students, peers and teachers. When students express gratitude towards their educators, it strengthens the teacher-student bond and creates a more supportive learning environment. Additionally, when students express gratitude towards their peers, it promotes a sense of camaraderie and cooperation.
Practicing gratitude also enhances students’ academic performance. When students approach their studies with a grateful mindset, they become more engaged and motivated. Gratitude helps students recognize the value of education and the opportunities it provides. This newfound appreciation translates into a greater willingness to put in the effort required to succeed academically.
Incorporating gratitude into your students life can be done in various ways. You can encourage students to keep gratitude journals, where they write down things they are thankful for each day. Discussions and activities centered around gratitude can also be beneficial. Additionally, you can model gratitude by expressing appreciation for your child’s efforts and achievements.
It is important to note that gratitude should not be limited to specific moments or occasions. Encouraging students to practice gratitude as a daily habit can yield long-lasting benefits. By instilling gratitude in students’ lives, we are equipping them with a valuable life skill.
In conclusion, cultivating gratitude has numerous benefits.. From improving well-being and mental health to fostering stronger relationships and enhancing performance, gratitude plays a vital role in a person’s overall success. So let us remember to be grateful for the opportunities we have and encourage others to do the same.
The ISD 423 Board of Education will conduct a work session on Monday, November 27, 2023 beginning at 5:30 pm in the conference room (lower level) at the District Office (30 Glen St NW).
Hutchinson Tigers vs Rocori Spartans
Friday November 24th, 4pm at US Bank Stadium
- Tickets for the game will need to be purchased online. Here is the link https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/06005F50A6A41D76
- The game will be televised on Channel 45 TV https://kstp.com/45tv/
- The team buses will be leaving at 12pm on Friday. If you would like to help send off the team please be in the east parking lot by 11:45am
- We will do a Welcome Home for the team at 9pm in the Whalen Gym on Friday night after the game
- Hutchinson Tigers will be the home team for the game
Game Day Instructions
We have openings at Play & Learn Preschool…
Located in West Elementary School at 875 School Road SW
Four-Year-Old Classes (four by September 1, 2023 and potty trained)
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:35 – 11:05 am OR 12:50 – 3:20 pm
Tuition Cost: *$115/month- parents transport
*$195/month- when using school transportation
*Application for reduced/free tuition is available.
Three-Year-Old Classes (three by September 1, 2023 and potty trained)
Tuesday/Thursday 8:35 – 11:05 am
Tuition Cost: *$90/month- parents transport
No school transportation available for three-year-old groups
*Application for reduced/free tuition is available.
Begin the registration process here:
Contact Mary Myers-Reinarts with questions. [email protected] or 320-234-2624
Hutchinson, Litchfield, Dassel-Cokato Farm to School program featured in AgWeek!
By Jennifer Telecky, Hutchinson High School Principal
Even though it feels like school just started, we are just a couple of weeks away from the first grading period at Hutchinson High School. As we are finishing the trimester, I wanted to take a moment to highlight the importance of our partnership in shaping the education and growth of our students. At Hutchinson High School, we firmly believe that collaboration between parents and educators is the key to the success and full potential of our students. Education is a shared responsibility, and your role as parents is invaluable in supporting and reinforcing the learning experiences that take place at Hutchison High School
Communication is Key
As partners in education, we encourage open lines of communication. We value your insights, concerns, and feedback, and we are dedicated to working together to address any challenges that may arise. Sometimes the problem or struggle is noticeable and we reach out to parents to problem solve. Other times it is less noticeable and educators count on parents to reach out to us. Parent-teacher conferences used to be the main time for this communication; however, conferences at the high school are not well-attended. This makes email and phone communication even more important.
Engage in Academics
HHS encourages your active involvement in your child’s education. Ask your kids questions about classes, grades, and upcoming deadlines. By engaging in their academic journey, you not only demonstrate the importance of learning, but also provide invaluable support and encouragement. Whether it’s helping with homework, attending school events, or simply engaging in meaningful conversations about their day, your involvement sends a powerful message that education is a priority. Since we are close to the start of trimester 2, ask your child about their upcoming classes. Ask what they are excited about. If they are not looking forward to a class, encourage them to meet with their counselor and look for another option.
At Hutchinson High School, we are committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment where every child can be successful. By working hand in hand, we can create a positive and supportive place for your kids, equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in an ever-changing world. Again, communication is key – when there is a problem or concern, we don’t always know. We want all students to feel safe and feel good about coming to school and we will work to make that happen.
One current area of concern that has had a negative impact on the educational environment is cell phone use. This is definitely an area where educators and parents need to work together. Teachers see first hand the negative effects on students’ learning environment and academic performance even with a school cell phone policy in place. Cell phones can be a significant source of distraction for students. This can result in incomplete assignments, poor time management, and a lack of focus on learning. At HHS, the goal is not to completely eliminate cell phone use but to establish a healthy balance and promote responsible usage. By setting clear boundaries and providing guidance, you can help kids develop a healthy relationship with their cell phones and ensure they can focus on learning at school.
We look forward to a successful educational partnership during the 2023-24 school year!