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Josh Allen

May 20, 2023


As this week comes to a close, I want to share with you some reminders for upcoming events:

  • Senior Awards Night is Monday, May 23, at 6 p.m. in the middle school auditorium.

  • On Wednesday, May 25th, there is a meeting for all seniors in the large gym to pick up their checkout papers.

  • On Friday, May 27th, seniors have graduation practice in the large gym at 8:00 a.m. followed by the Parade of Excellence and the Senior BBQ at 11 a.m.

  • Graduation is at 1:30 p.m. at the M.A.C.  Seniors need to be there at 12:30 p.m. and enter through the north entrance.  The south doors open for the audience at 12:45 p.m. 

  • No School - Memorial Day - May 30th

  • Finals for students in grades 9-11 are on Thursday, June 2, and Friday, June 3.


As we finish out the school year, we are not only ending the 2021-2022 school year, we are preparing for the start of the 2022-2023 school year.  One of those changes include Mr. Vinchattle being named as our next high school principal.  Mr. Vinchattle brings a wealth of experience and a commitment to Lewis Central, along with numerous other talents, that will assuredly help him in having much success as our next principal.  If you have not already read the article on our website, here it is.  

Finishing up this email, I wanted to again share with you some information from Hattie’s Visible Learning for Parents.  In the section titled, “I Love Learning,” they share several interesting findings and research about student learning.  In particular how the brain changes in terms of executive functioning.  There are three major components to executive functioning: ability to resist impulsive actions and avoid distractions; ‘shifting’ or the ability to switch between tasks; and the third is ‘monitoring and updating’ or building the skills to organize and manipulate the contents in your working memory.  The first appears to be one of the biggest challenges for some of our students that are at times not successful in school, namely the ability to resist impulsive actions and avoid distractions.  

As a parent there are many things we must consider to help our children develop their executive function skills, in particular resisting impulsive actions and distractions.  Too often we and our children are driven by a desire to have social and/or peer acknowledgment, and far too often, those students that are unsuccessful in school seek this acknowledgement through negative actions and/or situations.  Resisting these impulses, and at times negative attention, takes learning that it is okay to have delayed gratification.  Life is not always immediate with its rewards and recognition.  The most meaningful accomplishments in our lives are often earned and experienced through hard work, perseverance, patience, and the support of others.  Please take time to reinforce with your child those successes that they achieve through their hard work and perseverance, and help them work through resisting negative and impulsive behaviors that too often lead to failures.


Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.

Joel Beyenhof 

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