Step Up For Students: Success Stories
Volume 4 Issue: 3                                                     November 2015
Thanks-Living Leads to Thanksgiving!     
It may sound like an old cliché, but it definitely is true!  Thanks-Living Leads to Thanksgiving.

It has been scientifically proven that people who have found a way to be thankful for the little things in life end up with a higher quality of life.  They discover that by being thankful and appreciative in all aspects of their life, they begin to develop a character quality of thanksgiving that lasts far beyond one day on the calendar.

Thanks-living consumes who they are and begins to rub off on those they come in contact with.  People who live a thankful life make more of an impact on those near them than they sometimes realize.

This is the type of person that we encounter and walk away from feeling better about ourselves, our situations, or even our circumstances.  That one little attitude that oozes out of who they are becomes infectious and will spread far beyond their immediate circles.

So, next time you find yourself griping or complaining about a situation, take a moment to pull yourself back into thanks-living!

It may be a difficult parent in your school; but, be thankful you have parents and can pay the bills.  It may be an uncontrollable student in your classroom; but, be thankful you are able to make a positive impact on his or her life that will outlast one school year.  It may a flat tire; but, be thankful it wasn't the whole car.  It may be a burned meal that you worked hard on preparing; but, be thankful you can easily return to a store nearby.  It may be a grouchy coworker; but, be thankful you are employed and can spread something positive. 

You name it, by turning that difficulty around and taking a new look from a different perspective, you will begin to find yourself thanks-living!  That thanks-living will lead to Thanksgiving 365!
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Angie Tapia, Principal of Discovery Montessori in Florida City, reports they did Grandparents Day at their school.  Grandparents came in, ate with the children and read them a book.  The principal said they were especially excited about this event because events are usually reserved for the parents instead of the grandparents and they felt happy to be acknowledged.  
Courtney Jerace Brooks, an 11th grade Step UP student at St. Andrew Episcopal and Virtual Schools of Excellence in Ft. Pierce, is shown here in a sailing class with his instructor. The campuses are located right on the waterway, so part of their Marine Science curriculum is to get scuba certified. From Kindergartners doing reading lessons on iPads through high school students working on their online courses in a Cyber Cafe, Trina Angelone, Head of Schools says that without the support of Step Up for Students none of their exceptional learning experiences would be possible. 
Education Week blog article 
Children who share easily, resolve problems on their own, and cooperate with their peers are less likely to drop out of school, commit crimes, or need government assistance, says a new report published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health. 
In some cases, the researchers found that these "social competence" measures were more meaningful than other evaluations that-on the surface-would seem to have a more obvious connection to life outcomes. For example, measures of childhood aggression did not significantly predict later criminal activity.
For every one-point increase on a five-point scale, children were twice as likely to earn a college degree; 54 percent more likely to earn a high school diploma, and 46 percent more likely to have a full-time job. On the down side, for every one-point decrease, a child was 67 percent more likely to have been arrested by adulthood, and 82 percent more likely to be in or on a waiting list for public housing. 
"We were surprised to find links between these early social competence scales and outcomes within every domain that we looked at," said Damon Jones, as assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University and one of the study's authors.
The paper, " Early Social-Emotional Functioning and Public Health: The Relationship Between Kindergarten Social Competence and Future Wellness," was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The foundation wrote an executive summary to accompany the social-competence findings.

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This FREE online reading program was shared at the McKay Conference by Laura Harrison, DOE Scholarship Program Director in the Choice Office.
Just Take 20 provides K-12 Florida families with free, practical, easy-to-implement reading activities that establish literacy as a lifelong value. Just Take 20 encourages families to seize everyday teachable moments by using 20 minutes a day to integrate reading into their busy lives. Families are invited to create their own custom literacy plans and have fun while learning!


My classroom approach: 50/50
"At the start of my math block, half of my students are on Zearn, and half are working with me in a small group, and we rotate halfway through class. The focus of my small group work is often word problems with multiple steps so students can master many standards within a problem."

Office of Student Learning Contacts  
Top: Scott, Paula, Lauren, Erica
Middle: Melanie, Kaethe, Carol, Meredith
Bottom: Ella, Jeff, Renee, Judi