An interesting point of view found in the opinion section of the New York Times this weekend.
By Adam Grant
Dr. Grant is an organizational psychologist and a contributing opinion writer.
Dec. 8, 2018
If you always succeed in school, you’re not setting yourself up for success in life. (link to the webpage)
A decade ago, at the end of my first semester teaching at Wharton, a student stopped by for office hours. He sat down and burst into tears. My mind started cycling through a list of events that could make a college junior cry: His girlfriend had dumped him; he had been accused of plagiarism. “I just got my first A-minus,” he said, his voice shaking.
Year after year, I watch in dismay as students obsess over getting straight A’s. Some sacrifice their health; a few have even tried to sue their school after falling short. All have joined the cult of perfectionism out of a conviction that top marks are a ticket to elite graduate schools and lucrative job offers.
I was one of them. I started college with the goal of graduating with a 4.0. It would be a reflection of my brainpower and willpower, revealing that I had the right stuff to succeed. But I was wrong.The evidence is clear: Academic excellence is not a strong predictor of career excellence.
Across industries, research shows that the correlation between grades and job performance is modest in the first year after college and trivial within a handful of years. For example, at Google, once employees are two or three years out of college, their grades have no bearing on their performance. (Of course, it must be said that if you got D’s, you probably didn’t end up at Google.)
Academic grades rarely assess qualities like creativity, leadership and teamwork skills, or social, emotional and political intelligence. Yes, straight-A students master cramming information and regurgitating it on exams. But career success is rarely about finding the right solution to a problem — it’s more about finding the right problem to solve.
In a classic 1962 study, a team of psychologists tracked down America’s most creative architects and compared them with their technically skilled but less original peers. One of the factors that distinguished the creative architects was a record of spiky grades. “In college our creative architects earned about a B average,” Donald MacKinnon wrote. “In work and courses which caught their interest they could turn in an A performance, but in courses that failed to strike their imagination, they were quite willing to do no work at all.” They paid attention to their curiosity and prioritized activities that they found intrinsically motivating — which ultimately served them well in their careers.
MUSH classes display their research on the different immigrant groups in US history. They shared ethnic cultural foods as part of the immigration fair as well.
In preparation for the immigration cultural fair, students had to research an ethnic group that came to America during the great wave of Immigration during the Industrial Revolution. They uncovered what the conditions in the home country were like, why they immigrated and what it was like in America. As part of the assignment, they had to find a recipe and actually make an authentic ethnic dish to share with the class.
The AP US History classes squared off in the Great Civil War Soldiers’ Debate. Both the North and the South came prepared to verbally battle and both held their own. And of course they debated civilly ...
To prepare for the debate, students read selections of primary source diary entries and letters from actual Civil War soldiers in order to analyze why they were fighting. The AP US History students really rose to the occasion and had a lively and informed debate.
Last week, the National Spanish Honor Society had the opportunity to speak with Azize Reid, who is from Venezuela. She now lives in Florida with her mother, husband, and two children. In a Skype call completely in Spanish, the students were able to ask questions about the differences between the culture in the United States and Venezuela, the best kinds of food, and the importance of learning a second language. It was fascinating to hear her speak about her experiences, and the club was honored to have had the
Eat at Moe's in Waterford
on December 19th from 4-9 p.m.
15% of sales will be donated to
Lyme/Old Lyme Class of 2019 Safe Grad!
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Raymond Doll is the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce business student of the month. Raymond began his career in business education in the Investments class. Following that he took Personal Finance where he achieved the W!SE Personal Finance certification which proves he successfully demonstrated proficiency in personal finance by achieving a passing score on the nationally standardized Financial Literacy Certification test. After taking Marketing he decided to look into Sports Marketing as a possible career.
Congratulations to Raymond and
best wishes on his future in business.
LOLHS jumped into the lead and never looked back as they defeated the Thunderbirds of NBHS. Connie Pan led the scoring with 50 points followed by Ryan McTigue with 30, Josh Liefeld with 20 and Rachael Larson & Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum with 10 points. Additionally, every team member played for a quarter with no one playing more than a half. New members are welcome!!
At the high school, we are beginning to see students with symptoms of possible influenza virus and other illnesses. We want to take this opportunity to reinforce guidelines that our school district abides by to promote wellness and minimize disease transmission in our schools.
All students should remain at home from school with the following symptoms of illness or disease:
It is important for students or parents to communicate with the health office if they are out with illness for more than two days. If they have seen their physician, be sure to bring a note to excuse their absence for missed days. Students should also communicate with their teachers. When they are feeling better, plans can be made for make-up work to avoid falling behind in classes.
We encourage students to get their flu shots as a means of illness prevention. There are many opportunities to receive them through physician offices, pharmacies, and flu clinics.
As a reminder, frequent handwashing is one of the most important practices to prevent illness. If students come to school ill they not only feel ill and are unable to focus in class, but they risk the spread of illness to others. We would like to wish all of our school families a very healthy and happy Holiday Season. Please contact us in the LOLHS health office if you have any questions or concerns at 860 434-4444 X1004; firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Ellen Maus RN and Melissa Seckla RN
LOLHS School Nurses
The LOLHS girls soccer team shared a special evening at Langley's Restaurant with family and coaches. The team and coaches were honored for their amazing 4th State Championship win against Immaculate earlier this month.
A SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LOLHS GIRLS SOCCER TEAM
WELL DONE WILDCATS!
Heroin and Opioid Awareness Event in Old Lyme on December 6th.
Opioid addiction knows no boundaries. The U.S. Attorney’s Heroin Education Action Team (HEAT) will give a community presentation at Lyme Old Lyme High School on Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 p.m. with an in depth look at the opioid crisis and how it is affecting families from communities just like our own. This presentation will also be given to students in grades 9-12 on December 4 during an all-school assembly.
The program includes a showing of the film “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict,” a powerful documentary created by the FBI and DEA to educate students and parents about the dangers of addiction. The movie will be followed by a panel discussion with a federal prosecutor, a DEA agent, and community members’ whose lives have been impacted by the opioid crisis.
The mission of the U.S. Attorney’s Heroin Education Action Team (USA HEAT) is to stop the spread of the opioid abuse epidemic in Connecticut by increasing community understanding of the dangers associated with these drugs. USA HEAT is a partnership between the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut and families who have lost a loved one to an overdose. These courageous moms, dads, brothers, sisters, and children share their stories in order to educate others about the warning signs and dangers associated with opioid use and abuse. By doing so, they hope to help others avoid the pain they have suffered.
Oxycodone, heroin, fentanyl, and other opioids have become widely and easily available in Connecticut. As a result, we have seen a significant increase in the number of young adults who use and abuse opioids, often with deadly consequences. The scourge of opioids is not limited to any particular locality, socioeconomic group, race, or gender. Rather, there have been overdoses and overdose deaths in every county in Connecticut; New London County – and the town of Old Lyme – are no exception.
USA HEAT seeks to inform our communities of what we are up against, and what we can do to fight back. Our team members deliver a compelling message based on the tragedy that they have experienced first-hand with the goal of implementing a coordinated, effective response to this growing threat.
The program is sponsored by Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, Lyme-Old Lyme Prevention Coalition, and Lyme Old Lyme Schools and is free and open to the public. For more information contact LYSB at 860-434-7208 or www.lysb.org.
DATE: Thursday, December 6, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Lyme-Old Lyme High School, 69 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 06371
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
MORE INFORMATION: LYSB, 860-434-7208, www.lysb.org
Brynn McGlinchey and Nicholas Fava been awarded the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents’ (CAPSS) Superintendent/Student Recognition Award for leadership service to the school, academic prowess relative to ability, and service to others in the community at a ceremony held November 26, 2018 at Saybrook Point Inn.
Ian Neviaser, Superintendent of Schools of Regional School District 18, made the presentation as part of a program designed by school administrators to recognize students who have served their schools and communities while maintaining good scholastic progress.
The Superintendent/Student Recognition Program awards a Certificate of Excellence at the discretion of the local superintendent of schools according to a distribution formula set for all state school districts. Awards are generally given during American Education Week in November in order to provide a meaningful focus for each school district and to enhance the quality of the certificate.
CONGRATULATIONS TO BRYNN AND NICK!!! WELL DONE
Are you excited for ski season?
Do you like free lift tickets?
Come see Volkswagen presents
Warren Miller's 2018 film
FACE OF WINTER
December 7th @ LOLHS
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Theater seating begins at
Film starts at 7:00 p.m.
Come early for a chance to win other prizes from sponsors.
A free Sugarbush lift ticket with every film ticket purchased.
To access the store - go to the website (link)
Team Code: LOLWINTER
Deadline: Saturday December 1, 2018
The orders will only begin to be processed once the site closes.
Please Allow 4 weeks of processing time.
Additional colors available on select items
Thank you for ordering online. All goods are custom to you and cannot be returned so please size carefully. The site will close on December 1, 2018. When the site closes, orders will be processed as a group and then shipped to the address entered. See online store page for pricing.
Dear faculty, parents, and students,
Thank you so much contributing to the food drive this year!! We donated almost double than last year and that’s because of all the support from everyone. The food donated helps people in need more than imaginable, so thank you all!
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