Marysville

Relationships, Respect, Rigor

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Marysville School
News

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  • Celebrating Coach Tom

    On Wednesday, June 14th, we celebrated Mr. Tom and all he has done for Marysville.  We wish him a happy retirement and hopes that he comes back to visit us!
     
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  • Marysville Staff Luau

    For our last staff meeting, we celebrated the end of the school year with a luau.  Some special guests, therapeutic bunnies, made an appearance as we hula hooped, did the limbo, and ate delicious food.  Check out the photo gallery here.
     
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  • Service Project Assembly and Video

     
    Click here to see photos from the service project celebration assembly. 
     
     

Mindfulness at Marysville

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  • Giving Back

    Giving Back
     
    As we enter the end of the school year, we want to give back to our community.  Throughout the year we have learned so much about brain science and mindfulness and now we want to take what we've learned and apply it.  To do this, each class or grade level will be doing a service project that will benefit our community.  This is our way of spreading joy, gratitude, and kindness.  Marysville gives back.
  • Kindness

    Kindness
    As we enter the last part of the school year, our mindfulness practices lead us to kindness.  How can we take what we have learned so far about gratitude, compassion, optimism, etc... and apply it to being kind to others?  With performing acts of kindness, we can help change people's perspectives to be more positive and help others feel happy. 
  • Joy

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    We are ringing in Spring with a month full of joy.  At Marysville we feel it is important to practice finding joy in the little things and the big things in life!  This month we will be practicing creating a mindful awareness of how joy feels and what brings each of us joy. 
  • Optimism

    Optimism  
     
    Optimism is choosing to look at events or conditions in a way that focuses on positive outcomes combined with the drive to participate in creating that outcome. Perspective-taking can help us find the optimistic side of a situation. Some ways you can practice choosing optimism on your own are:
    • Work together to find and talk about optimistic news stories.
    • Find the optimistic and pessimistic side of something in your lives and talk about which one feels better.
    • When reading books together, notice when characters have an optimistic perspective or a pessimistic one. If it’s pessimistic, what could the character do to be more optimistic?
  • Perspective

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    This month's practice is all about perspective.  By considering other people's perspectives, we help ourselves become aware of what another person may be going through.  Doing so is a way to take a pause before judgement.  People can have a different perspective on one event depending on what may be going on in their lives at that moment.  Perhaps someone is speeding down the road and instead of getting angry, consider the perspective that the person could be rushing to an emergency.  
     
    One way to help think about another person's perspective is through mindful listening.  When we really listen to what another person has to say, then we can better understand their perspective on things and perhaps what they are going through at the time.  Mindfully listening means to listen with no distraction, being fully present with the person you are talking to, not trying to think of what you want to say next.  Or, perhaps being aware of the sounds of nature when being outside.  Do you hear the sound of the leaves rustling in the wind or the far off bird chirping in the distance?
     
    Even changing our own perspective can help us be more mindful.  Instead of seeing the bad, try to look from a more positive angle.  When looking at a field of dandelions, instead of seeing a thousand weeds, try to look for those thousand wishes instead. 
  • Mindful Seeing

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    Adding on to our November monthly practice, in December the lesson will be about mindful seeing.  When we mindfully see something, we are taking the time to stop and notice.  It is really looking and making connections with what we see.  Our sense of sight can tell us so many important things, and if we are just looking with a glance, we can miss a lot.  Taking the time to mindfully see the world can help us discover what is really out there.
     
  • Mindful Smelling, Tasting, and Movement

     Senses
     
    A new month means a new monthly practice!  During the month of November, we will be focusing on our senses, in particular smelling, tasting, and movement.  Our lessons will ask the students to be mindfully aware of their senses and how that awareness can make the world seem a little bit different.  How can mindfully tasting your food change the flavor?  If you mindfully smell a flower, is the scent stronger?  How can body awareness change the way you move?  Students and teachers will be asked to practice this mindful awareness throughout their daily lives to see how it sharpens their senses.
     
  • Mindfulness Lesson-Compassion Gallery

    To better understand what a mindfulness lesson looks like at our school, view our gallery dedicated to our lesson on compassion. 
     
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Principal's
Message

  • Lana Bike

    Lana Penley, Principal

    and part-time free rider (see above picture)

     Greetings Marysville Families!

    We are filled with joy to be starting another school year!  

    For the 2016-2017 school year, we will be leading with gratitude. Going into our fourth year as a mindful school, we want to focus on how we can bring gratitude into everything that we do, along with our additional monthly practices.  At Marysville, we believe mindfulness is more than being present in the moment, but also encompasses compassion, perspective, perseverance, optimism, brain science, and much more.  
     
    Here at Marysville, we have a Mantra-Relationships, Respect and Rigor. Relationships are the beginning of the foundation and serve as the guide for all that we do. We believe in the power of building strong relationships with all school stakeholders. Next, we treat each other with respect. This overall building tone of respect is critical for a healthy school. We attempt to be respectful in every single interaction. Our last piece of the Mantra is rigor. Rigor means being challenged and still doing your very best. We strive to have each assignment, each day have a high degree of Rigor.
     
    I also have many interests outside of school.  I am a former art teacher so I LOOOVE all things beautiful-nature, poetry, photography, art and music (I can even play three songs on the guitar…sort of).   I am quasi-lingual in Spanish, have a mean jumpshot (I played basketball in college), and can tell a pretty good joke.  
     
    Seriously, I love being the Principal of Marysville School and the people that I get to work with every day.  My day is anything but typical. I am juggling meetings, duties, observations, lessons, emails, and paperwork. But the most important thing I do, is work with students. It is so rewarding to help a student in any way I can. I believe in the power of education to open doors and exciting new worlds.  
     
    I am grateful for this opportunity to have an impact on the lives of students.
     
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District News

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  • Summer Scholars: Hard Duty, High Reward

    Check your common perceptions of summer school at the door.  Because at Benson High School, the site of PPS’s Summer Scholars program, the sheer numbers, structure and atmosphere is not what you’d expect.
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  • Interviews under way for PPS superintendent

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    Dear PPS staff and families,

    The search and recruitment for our new superintendent is well underway.

    The community, board and search firm recommended more than 40 educational leaders for consideration. The search firm and the Board reviewed the prospects and candidates and the Board selected a diverse group with deep educational experience to interview. They included individuals from within and outside Oregon, current superintendents as well as senior education leaders from large districts.

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  • Meet Yousef Awwad

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     Yousef Awwad, Interim PPS Superintendent

    From a remote town in Jordan to leading Oregon’s biggest school district

    At the age of 5, Yousef Awwad joined his older brothers in the streets of Ghweria, Jordan, a small city outside Zarqa, to sell sesame candies and balloons to keep food on his family’s table.

    Yousef’s dad was serving in the Jordan military and was stationed in an area of the desert so remote that he wasn’t able to send money home while he was deployed.

    Today, Yousef is serving as the new interim superintendent of the largest school district in Oregon. How did a boy living in poverty in a remote town in Jordan wind up here?

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  • Board hears update on superintendent search

    The new PPS Board of Education held its first regular meeting Tuesday to discuss the search for a permanent superintendent and hear from a community group about the future of Tubman Middle School.

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