Monthly Update from Dr Keltner

Parents and Students:

There are a lot of firsts associated with this school year, especially in light of challenges we all face in a world that now includes masks and quarantines! However, a powerful and consistent thread runs through virtually everything this time of year, even through “firsts:” thankfulness. There’s no better time than the present to reflect on the good things we have and enjoy at South High School.

Taking time to be thankful is ultimately a choice we make. Psychologists Michael McCullough and Robert Emmons, in their book, The Psychology of Gratitude, note that being grateful has a lot of benefits (something that we should already know!). From their research, they note that, “…daily gratitude exercises resulted in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism, and energy. In addition, [those individuals] experienced less depression and stress, were more likely to help others, exercised more regularly, and made greater progress toward achieving personal goals.” Good stuff to remember, and doing so helps turn down the volume of everything that’s going on around us.

Our students really step up to the plate during this Thanksgiving season to help others. Of the many great activities that take place, one is our students’ annual Turkey Drive, which is a part of No Hunger Holidays. This event runs from November 9th through November 15th, with a convenient PayPal link set up for donations. Be watching for more information coming your way in the next few days as our students lead this effort to give back to our community.

Finally, please take time to see our students in action this month, although with attendance limitations, seeing them virtually or just supporting their work is a huge help! In addition to the outstanding achievements happening each day in our classrooms, athletes and teams are advancing in state championship playoffs (go Bulldogs!), winter sports are beginning, and our drama students’ first play of the season kicks off the month. I’m confident you’ll be impressed with the accomplishments of our students and teachers.

I appreciate your continued support of our work as we strive to provide the very best for each of our students. I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving and wish you the very best as we enjoy this fall season.

Kevin Keltner, Ed.D.