During these times of uncertainty and unknowns it may be a good idea to do some soul searching or inner work.

By doing this it may remind you of all of positives in your life instead of focusing your energy on things out of your control that may be bringing you down.

Try:

Making a catalog of good things:

Daydreams about your future

A funny memory of your childhood

A scene from that TV show or movie that always makes you laugh

Your favorite article of clothing

The person that can always make you smile

The drink that can make you feel at ease

Your favorite song to hear when you are happy

What you like most about yourself

Your favorite activity

Now that you have written them in your catalog...why are these things good to you?



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Quotes about Diversity of thought (35 quotes)


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“All Lives Matter.”  In response to the Black Lives Matter movement, people including politicians such as Bernie Sanders, Mark O’Malley and Jeb Bush, have responded by stating “All Lives Matter” and in some cases, were booed at public events and later apologized. 

 

Take a few minutes to read the following quotes. Then take more time to reflect on what each quote says. Pick a quote that you feel strongly about and answer the questions below. 

 

1. What does the quote mean to you?   

2. What is the perspective of the person who said it?    

3. Do you agree or disagree with the quote and why?    

4. If you don’t agree, how would you change the quote to reflect your point of view?  

 

 Quotes about “All Lives Matter”

 

Of course all lives matter. But there is no serious question about the value of the life of a young white girl or boy. Sadly, there is a serious question—between gang violence and this police violence—about the value of the life of a young black girl or boy. So those who are experiencing the pain and trauma of the black experience in this country don’t want their rallying cry to be watered down with a generic feel-good catchphrase.” —Donna Brazile, CNN Political Commentator and former interim National Chair of the Democratic National Committee 

  

“Black Lives Matter activists say replacing ‘Black’ with ‘All’ minimizes a movement that is meant to bring attention to the deaths of black men, women and children who have died as a result of alleged police brutality. They say it's also supposed to bring attention to the scourge of systemic racism. For activists, the term “Black Lives Matter” is not a call for special treatment. It’s a means for black people to reclaim their humanity and personhood in the midst of seemingly unending attacks on their right to simply be humans with dignity.”  —Bryan Logan, Business Insider  

  

  

 

“When I say ‘Black lives matter,’ it is because this nation has a tendency to say otherwise. Racial discrimination does affect all minorities but police brutality, at such excessive rates, does not. A black person is killed extrajudicially every 28 hrs, and Black men between ages 19 and 25 are the group most at risk to be gunned down by police. Based on data from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, young Blacks are 4.5 times more likely to be killed by police than any other age or racial group.” —Julie Craven, The Huffington Post  

  

“To say that Black lives matter is not to say that other lives do not; indeed, it is quite the reverse—it is to recognize that all lives do matter, and to acknowledge that African Americans are often targeted unfairly (witness the number of African Americans accosted daily for no reason other than walking through a White neighborhood—including some, like young Trayvon Martin, who lost their lives) and that our society is not yet so advanced as to have become truly color blind. This means that many people of goodwill face the hard task of recognizing that these societal ills continue to exist, and that White privilege continues to exist, even though we wish it didn't and would not have asked for it. I certainly agree that no loving God would judge anyone by skin color.”  —Reverend Dan Schatz, Unitarian Universalist   

  

“Demonstrators who chant the phrase are making the same declaration that voting rights and civil rights activists made a half-century ago. They are not asserting that black lives are more precious than white lives. They are underlining an indisputable fact — that the lives of black citizens in this country historically have not mattered, and have been discounted and devalued.”  —The New York Times Editorial Board  



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Goal Setting

The importance of setting goals is something that all successful middle school students understand.

Setting Goals:
*gives you purpose and keeps you moving in the right direction 
*keeps you focused on what you are dreaming of or striving for
*helps you come up with a plan of action 
*helps you figure out how to deal with distractions and obstacles

There are short term goals. Ex. Get all of my chores done before bedtime. 

There are long term goals. Ex. Make all A's and B's on my first report card in middle school.

When making goals think of making them specific, measurable and realistic. 

Specific- I will get a B on this next test.

Measurable- I will make 3 goals in my next soccer game.

Realistic- My mom usually reminds me everyday to do my chores, but this week I will do my chores before my mom reminds me at least twice. 

Next school year you will hear your school counselor talk about the importance of goals throughout the school year. 


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These days all you hear about is COVID-19. 

Here area few ways that you can help take advantage of your time at home.


Take care of your own education:
Keep up with teacher expectations
Complete activities and assignments that are available
Use all of your resources to keep up with assignments and to understand class materials
You will need to be as up to date as possible when this is all over and you return to school


Keep yourself busy:
Find activities that you can do at home by yourself or with your family: take walks, play games, color, paint, help with home improvements, learn a new language or how to play an instrument.

Stay connected with friends:

Use social media, phones and technology to help stay connected with friends and family. Make-up a Tik-Tok challenge and ask people to participate. Use social apps to connect and see their faces

Acknowledge your feelings:
Talk about how you are feeling. We are all in a situation that is causing a lot of anxiety, scary feelings as well as uncertainty. It is ok to have a large range of feelings, but you have to cope with them or they can cause you to drown in negativity. 

You should talk about your concerns, get real up to date information and find an outlet. Outlets could be exercising, reading, writing a journal, singing, playing with your siblings or even telling jokes. 



One day social distancing will be over and things will be better. Keep hope that you will be able to hang out with your friends and family again in large groups sooner than we know. Stay Positive and find Positive things to keep your focus on.


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