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ROCK ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL PACERS
Upcoming RIHS Events:
03-14-14: End of 3rd Quarter
03-17-14 through 03-28-14: Spring Intersession
03-31-14: 4th Quarter Begins
Recent RIHS PACERS Events:
03-04-14: This week we completed the second half of the activity we began last week. Shifting our focus to the positive habits that we all have, our group tried to match our own positive habits with our PACERS students & mentors! We had a great time talking about how people do notice the positive things we do day to day, and it's a nice reminder from our peers and adults to have that affirmation. Positive habits are part of our every day lives, and it's important to recognize those!
02-25-14: Continuing to think about Cosmic Habitforce, this week was part one of a two-meeting activity. Our group split into teams in order to do a "celebrity match-up" of certain Hollywood stars and their bad habits. After we figured out the matches, we continued to have a great discussion about the "expectation" of good habits. We also talked about how easy most people find it to point out bad habits, which serves as constant reminders in our lives. We took this a step further to reflect about the labels that others might put on us because of our own bad habits.
02-18-14: This week our PACERS team continued discussion of our 3rd quarter principle - cosmic habit force. After brainstorming what a habit looks like and how we act, we also thought more about "bad" habits versus healthy habits. Generally, it was easier for our group to think of "bad" habits in our personal, academic, and social lives. To think about what life would be like without these habits, we mirrored the "when you pay too much for cable" commercials... There were some great stories about what would happen if we got rid of our habits!
02-11-14: To celebrate Valentines' Day, our group discussed ways we show others affection and ways in which we'd like to be shown affection. We thought about people in our families, our friends, co-workers, teammates, and other aspects of our lives. Many of the people in our group enjoy "Quality Time" as a way to express affection towards others, while some of us identified more with "Words of Affirmation" and "Physical Touch" as ways to express ourselves. Some of us might be rethinking our gifts for Friday's holiday!
02-04-14: This week we had our ISCA Representative Katy Reynolds visit with our PACERS crew to talk more about financial assistance and college options. She shared great information about scholarships, grants, and searching local and internet resources to help pay for what comes after Rocky!
01-30-14: Youth Conference: What a high energy day! Our PACERS students, along with roughly 500 other area high school students, learned about life and leadership at the annual QCYC. Our students attended sessions providing information and impact of such topics as social media, bullying prevention, coping with grief and loss, job interviewing, suicide prevention, and body image. We all learned important lessons to bring back to our schools.
01-21-14: This week at Rocky we pulled together our discussion of what lies ahead for 2014 with short term and long term goals. From graduation to saving money each paycheck to improved attendance, the group was very focused as we thought about the upcoming 5 months. Students wrote down action plans and a support system for each of their goals.
01-20-14: King Celebration - This event was another huge success for the Rock Island community. We are so proud to honor one of our own PACERS students as the
recipient of a two-year scholarship to Black Hawk College. She was recognized during Monday's
01-17-14: Service learning Project - The PACERS groups met after our half-day of school for a quick lunch and then headed to the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Rock Island, IL. As the staff prepped for their annual King Celebration, our students and mentors managed to do much of the behind the scenes set-up for the event. Monday's Celebration was a huge success.
01-14-14: Welcome back Rocky PACERS! After a shortened first week back, our group was ready to start the second semester with our first meeting. We talked about break and enjoyed M&Ms while reflecting on 2013 and looking ahead to 2014.
End of 2nd Quarter (Please click on this link to see the activities from the 2nd Quarter!)
THURGOOD MARSHALL LEARNING CENTER
Upcoming TMLC Events:
03-14-14: End of 3rd Quarter
03-17-14 through 3-31-14: Spring Intersession
03-31-14: 4th Quarter Begins
Recent TMLC PACERS Events:
03-05-14: Meeting was cancelled
02-26-14: It's been a few weeks since our TMLC group was all together, so it was great to have a larger group today! We continued work with Cosmic Habitforce and thought about why it's so easy to focus on the bad habits we have in our lives. After completing a "celebrity match-up" of bad habits, our conversation shifted to how we overcome the adversity of having a negative habit as the perspective of others. For some in our group, it was about getting connected with another group of supporters to overcome that adversity. For others, it was rising above lowered expectations to break past those perspectives. We had a great dialogue today!
01-22-14: We spent time this week reflecting on the goals we wrote during our previous meeting. We connected this to a conversation about habits - what they look like in our daily routines, school, work, home, and personal lives. We guessed what our lives might look like if we stopped these habits, and how that would positively and negatively affect achieving our goals.
01-15-14: Welcome back TMLC PACERS! We shared stories about new things we tried, things we learned about ourselves, changes we made, and what was most memorable about 2013. This helped us focus more on our goals and aspirations for 2014.