TeamMates Mentor Huddle for all mentors on Friday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the old gym at Wilcox. TeamMates Tailgating for all mentors & family and all mentees and family on Friday, October 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the south end zone at the football field in Hildreth.
The Wilcox-Hildreth High School Media Center is hosting a new pop-up exhibition from the National Archives titled The Bill of Rights and You, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the ratification of this landmark document. It spotlights one of the most remarkable periods in American history, explores the origins of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, illustrates how each amendment protects U.S. citizens, and looks at how Americans exercise the rights outlined in the amendments. The Bill of Rights and You invites visitors to connect directly with the people, places, and events that mark this historic document’s evolution. The exhibit will run through February. The public is encouraged to come and view the exhibit during the week with hours of 8:00-4:00. Please check in at the office.
The Bill of Rights and You is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration, and traveled by the National Archives Traveling Exhibits Service (NATES). This exhibition was developed in collaboration with the National Archives’ National Outreach Initiative to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights. The exhibition is presented in part by AT&T, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation. This exhibit is brought to you in collaboration with the Nebraska Humanities Council and the Federation of State Humanities Councils.
Correctly check out your books.
Always return books in a timely manner.
Keep the books and your hands clean.
Handle and turn pages carefully.
Use a bookmark.
Avoid getting the book wet.
Eat snacks before or after reading, not during.
Store the books in a safe consistent place out of reach of small children and pets.
Keep one book at school and take one home. That way you always have something to read.
If the book needs mending return to the library where special glue and tape can be used.
All books are arranged in a certain order. Keeping them that way helps you find them faster.
Remember the books are for the students and staff of the Wilcox-Hildreth School.
All the Bright Places
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
The Scholastic Book Fair held at the end of September earned the school $430 worth of free books. Those books will be distributed between the elementary media center and the middle school. Thank you to all the patrons who supported the book fair!
I would hope that all of you can think of someone who has “Made a Difference” in your life. How would you feel if you couldn’t name someone who has had a positive impact on your life or someone who made a difference in your life?
Dr. Kent Pekel, CEO of the Search Institute did a survey of 43 million school-age children. One of the questions asked if they could name an adult who had made a difference in their life. The results of that question were staggering. Here they are:
- 20 million of them said that a family member or relative had positively impacted them.
- 16 million of the students in the study could not name an adult who had positively impacted their life.
- 7 million said that their mentor in a TeamMates program had positively impacted them.
The result this is staggering as well as frightening is that 16 million, almost 1/3 of those completing the survey could not name an adult that had made a positive impact on their life. If we apply that same percentage to 33 1/3% to the 200 students in the Wilcox-Hildreth School system, that would mean that approximately 65 of our students would say that they have not had an adult positively impact their life. WE CAN AND MUST DO BETTER THAN THAT11
Become a TeamMates mentor and make a positive difference in the life of one of our students. Mentoring is a powerful and proven way to positively impact the life of a student. Here are some benefits of mentoring:
🙂 Mentors help keep kids in school
🙂 Students who meet regularly with mentors are 52% less likely to skip a day of school
🙂 Mentors help improve a young person’s self esteem
🙂 Youth who meet regularly with their mentor are 46% less likely to use illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking
🙂 About 40% of a teenager’s waking hours are spent without companionship or free time
🙂 The strongest mentor benefit and most consistent was a reduction in depressive symptoms. Considering the free time and lack of supervision noted above, this reduction in depressive symptoms is critical.
🙂 On the social and emotional development front, taking part in mentoring promotes positive social attitudes and relationships. Mentored youth tend to trust their parents more and communicated better with them.
Mentors should understand that they are not meant to replace a parent, guardian, or teacher. A mentor is not a disciplinarian or decision maker for a child. A mentor is part of a team of caring adults.
Call Donnette Johnson, TeamMates Coordinator at 478-5488 or 308-44–7178 and she will give you the information you will need to become a mentor. Step up and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!
Know of a good book or have a particular series that you are reading and you would like to see it in the high school library? Make a suggestion by including the title, author’s name, format and why you feel it would be a good addition to the school’s collection. The following websites can be used for ideas and reviews: