Wednesday, February 4th – What a Day!

Advisors,
What a day if you are a TN student council advisor! Deadlines to meet, paperwork everywhere, more signatures to track down, and a friendly (but rushed) visit to your local post office! Hope you are resting this evening after such a hectic day. So…why do we do what we do? I love this quote…

“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”

Enjoy the rest of the week!

2015 State Convention…just around the corner (more specifically, the riverbend!)

Latest News

Make your plans NOW to attend the 2015 TASC State Convention!
Leadership Chattanooga: Just Around the Riverbend
March 6-8, 2015
Soddy Daisy High School
618 Sequoyah Road
Soddy Daisy, TN 37379

More information/registration – Go to http://www.tnasc.org

Better Late (extremely late) than Never!

Many thanks to the Tennessee Schools who attended SASC 2014 in Atlanta in October!

Bearden High
Cascade High
Giles County High
Houston High
McGavock High
Memphis Central High
Soddy Daisy High
Station Camp High
Unicoi High
West Valley Middle
Wilson Central High
SASC

TASC Workshop Dates this Semester!

Middle Tennessee High School Area Workshop

“StuCoFlix”
Monday, October 6, 2014
Regular registration deadline: September 22
Late registration deadline: September 29
Hosted by Station Camp High School

East Tennessee High School/Middle School Area Workshop

“Leadership: More Than a Myth”
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Regular registration deadline: October 14
Late registration deadline: October 21
Hosted by Unicoi County High School

Middle Tennessee Middle School Area Workshop

“Superheroes”
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Regular registration deadline: October 16
Late registration deadline: October 23
Hosted by Donelson Christian Academy at First Nazarene Church in Nashville, TN

West Tennessee High School Area Workshop

“A Dream is a Wish West Tennessee Makes”
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Regular registration deadline: October 16
Late registration deadline: October 23
Hosted by Houston High School at Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, TN

West Tennessee Middle School Area Workshop

“Leadership is Out of This World!”
Friday, November 14, 2014
Regular registration deadline: October 24
Late registration deadline: October 31
Hosted by Kate Bond Middle School

A Little Welcome Back Inspiration!

Our own TASC Alyssa Ison and Stacey Hinchman shared the following blog article on Facebook. I thought it was most fitting for the TASC Student Council Advisor. Enjoy!

“What Students Remember Most About Teachers”

Dear Young Teacher Down the Hall,

I saw you as you rushed past me in the lunch room. Urgent. In a hurry to catch a bite before the final bell would ring calling all the students back inside. I noticed that your eyes showed tension. There were faint creases in your forehead. And I asked you how your day was going and you sighed. “Oh, fine,” you replied.

But I knew it was anything but fine. I noticed that the stress was getting to you. I could tell that the pressure was rising. And I looked at you and made an intentional decision to stop you right then and there. To ask you how things were really going. Was it that I saw in you a glimpse of myself that made me take the moment?

You told me how busy you were, how much there was to do. How little time there was to get it all done. I listened. And then I told you this:

I told you to remember that at the end of the day, it’s not about the lesson plan. It’s not about the fancy stuff we teachers make — the crafts we do, the stories we read, the papers we laminate. No, that’s not really it. That’s not what matters most.
And as I looked at you there wearing all that worry under all that strain, I said it’s about being there for your kids. Because at the end of the day, most students won’t remember what amazing lesson plans you’ve created. They won’t remember how organized your bulletin boards are. How straight and neat are the desk rows. No, they’ll not remember that amazing decor you’ve designed.

But they will remember you.

Your kindness. Your empathy. Your care and concern. They’ll remember that you took the time to listen. That you stopped to ask them how they were. How they really were. They’ll remember the personal stories you tell about your life: your home, your pets, your kids. They’ll remember your laugh. They’ll remember that you sat and talked with them while they ate their lunch.

Because at the end of the day, what really matters is YOU. What matters to those kids that sit before you in those little chairs, legs pressed up tight under tables oft too small- what matters to them is you.

You are that difference in their lives.

And when I looked at you then with tears in your eyes, emotions rising to the surface and I told you gently to stop trying so hard- I also reminded you that your own expectations were partly where the stress stemmed. For we who truly care are often far harder on ourselves than our students are willing to be. Because we who truly care are often our own worst enemy. We mentally beat ourselves up for trivial failures. We tell ourselves we’re not enough. We compare ourselves to others. We work ourselves to the bone in the hopes of achieving the perfect lesson plan. The most dynamic activities. The most engaging lecture. The brightest, fanciest furnishings.

Because we want our students to think we’re the very best at what we do and we believe that this status of excellence is achieved merely by doing. But we forget- and often.

Excellence is more readily attained by being. Being available.
 Being kind.
 Being compassionate.
 Being transparent. 
Being real.
 Being thoughtful.
 Being ourselves.

And of all the students I know who have lauded teachers with the laurels of the highest acclaim, those students have said of those teachers that they cared.
You see, kids can see through to the truth of the matter. And while the flashy stuff can entertain them for a while, it’s the steady constance of empathy that keeps them connected to us. It’s the relationships we build with them. It’s the time we invest. It’s all the little ways we stop and show concern. It’s the love we share with them: of learning. Of life. And most importantly, of people.

And while we continually strive for excellence in our profession as these days of fiscal restraint and heavy top-down demands keep coming at us- relentless and quick. We need to stay the course. For ourselves and for our students. Because it’s the human touch that really matters.

It’s you, their teacher, that really matters.

So go back to your class and really take a look. See past the behaviors, the issues and the concerns, pressing as they might be. Look beyond the stack of papers on your desk, the line of emails in your queue. Look further than the classrooms of seasoned teachers down the hall. Look. And you will see that it’s there- right inside you. The ability to make an impact. The chance of a lifetime to make a difference in a child’s life. And you can do this now.

Right where you are, just as you are. Because all you are right now is all you ever need to be for them today. And who you are tomorrow will depend much on who and what you decide to be today.

It’s in you. I know it is.

Fondly,
That Other Teacher Down the Hall

Council Award Winners at the 67th TASC Convention

Congratulations to all the schools who competed in the Council Awards level this year. Awards were given out at the State Convention at Bearden High School, March 28-30, 2014. The winners are as follows:

E-Scrapbook:
1st place – Soddy Daisy High School
2nd place – Siegel Middle School

Scrapbook:
Middle Level:
1st place – Lake Forest Middle School
2nd place – Kate Bond Middle School
3rd place – Siegel Middle School

High Level:
1st place – Memphis Central High School
2nd place – Wilson Central High School
3rd place – Trenton Peabody High School
Giles County High School

T-shirt:
Middle Level Winner – Lake Forest Middle School
High Level Winner – Trenton Peabody High School

Speech:
Middle Level:
1st place – Brittany Hall, Tipton Rosemark Academy Middle
2nd place – Jake Kelley, Highland Rim Middle School
3rd place – Kyle Chandler, Siegel Middle School

High Level:
1st place – Chelsey Sanders, Wilson Central High School
2nd place – Grady McGinnity, Ravenwood High School
3rd place – Ryan Anne Cothron, Macon County High School

Four Star Council Awards:
Ripley HS
Soddy Daisy HS
Houston HS
Giles County HS
McGavock HS
Wilson Central HS
Sullivan North HS
Snowden Middle School
Bearden HS
Tipton Rosemark Academy
Trenton Peabody HS
West Valley Middle School
Lake Forest Middle School
Carpenter Middle School
Tipton Rosemark Academy Middle
Siegel Middle School
John Sevier Middle School
Brentwood Middle School

Platinum Schools:
Soddy Daisy HS
McGavock HS
Bearden HS
Trenton Peabody HS

Best New Project:
Siegel Middle School

Best Project:
Soddy Daisy High School

Thanks again to all who participated. Start keeping track of what your council does, and I challenge all of you to enter students into individual contests, and your council to apply for Four Star!

Sincerely,

Cyndy Howes
Council Awards

Thank you Bearden High School!

Thank you Bearden High School!

Thank you Bearden High for the 67th TASC Convention “A Tennessee Tradition!”

TASC Convention’s “Top County”

Top County in this weekend’s competitions goes to “The Awesome Swag County!” Congrats!

Final Preparations for TASC Convention!

We are so excited to have you all at Bearden for the 2014 TASC Convention in just 3 days! We have a few reminders for you as you make your final preparations to begin the journey to Knoxville.

1. While registration begins at 2:30, our school also dismisses at 2:30, so it would be helpful to try to arrive closer to 3:00 pm.

2. We would love for you all to wear Tennessee colors (Orange and White) on Friday to go along with our theme. Don’t worry; we will have the Tennessee vs. Michigan basketball game on during dinner for those who are interested!

3. For Dollywood on Saturday: we are providing a $10 voucher for food at the park. We suggest everyone gets water with his or her meal (a cup of ice water is free at Dollywood). Your students may want to bring money of their own if they want a funnel cake or anything extra.

4. For Dollywood on Saturday: Teachers – please bring your school ID for a chance to win a Dollywood upgrade pass!

5. We have an annual school fundraiser called Food For Kids. We are asking that each school bring non-perishable food items (Easy Mac, individually wrapped snacks/crackers, Chef Boyardee meals, etc.) to help support our cause! For more information, visit https://www.secondharvesttn.org/cause-view/food-for-kids

See you soon,
Bearden High School

School Thoughts from Wilson Central High School

              

 

Middle Tennessee Workshop/TASC Summer Camp

On Friday, October 11, 2013 Wilson Central High School hosted the annual Middle Tennessee Workshop. This year’s theme was LEGOS: Building Leaders and keynote speaker Tyrone Dobson spoke on just that. LEGOS was his acronym, standing for Loyal Energetic Genuine Outward Servants. Tyrone used his past experiences in TASC and his own student council experiences when he was Student Body President to show us how to react in certain situations. Later on we dismissed into our workshops where everyone was able to come back with great ideas for their home school. This year especially we took a moment to encourage delegates to attend TASC Summer Camp and previous campers shared their past experiences at camp and what it means to them.

For me this was my last year as a camper, but I plan to spend as much time in TASC as possible until they simply do not want me any longer. I honestly cannot imagine what my high school experience would have been like without my involvement in TASC. TASC Summer Camp has been a place I can safely discover my strengths and weakness and better myself as a leader. Not only do I have TASC Camp to thank for the leader I have become, but I have made dozens of best friends that will last a lifetime. It brought me closer with local councils and even councils four hours away from me. This year I plan to apply to become a camp counselor with the hope of spending a week of my summer helping others from all over the state learn from each other and grow into the leaders we are all meant to be.

Alexandra Schafer