Kolby’s dream of becoming a zoologist and working with elephants saving them from slaughter



Jason and Kaitlyn start our portfolio presentations off with an inspiring opening!


“Stressed is desserts spelled backwards.”      Loretta LaRoche

Hey JUNTO members: feeling it? The balance of the quarter weighing down on you? I see it in your faces…but remember all the things we discussed in class about breathing, positive self-talk, the marshmallow experiement (delayed gratification) and that you are not alone, you have the JUNTO for support.  We are all in this together.

Stressors:  List the ones you are experiencing now in your life?  Sometimes doing the data dump helps relieve the pressure.

Symptons: How do you experience stress? behaviorally, emotionally, mentally, and physically.  Listen when your body is talking to you about being on overload.

Strategies: Each of you has your list of the 10 best stress busters!  Keep that list close and remember, when the going gets tough, the tough whip out their list of stress busters and applies one.  Breathe, laugh, smile, feed yourself good positive self talk, prioritize, say no to anything extra, exercise, drink lots of water, eat healthy, sleep and take some YOU time!  If you can apply even 3 of these- you will be able to get through the next few weeks of the quarter in better shape than you imagined.

What helps me? Focusing on what I can control. Remember Stephen Covey’s circle of influence and circle of concern?  I loved what Kathy Read the rest of this entry »


A Message from Muhammad…

“I have come a long way since I started boxing.  I’ve traveled all around the world and met all types of people.  I believe that God beautified the planet by spreading everyone out and making us different.  The goal of our nations should be to work on understanding, respecting our differences, and celebrating our similarities.  We should appreciate the beauty in diversity.  It would be a boring world, if every flower were the same shape, color and size.

Growing up, I had trouble reading and spelling.  I barely graduated from high school.  They have a name for what I have, dyslexia.  School was challenging for me, but I found a way to work it out.  When it came to a brick wall, I didn’t give up and quit; I found my way around, under, or over it.

All through my life I have been tested.  My will has been tested, my courage has been tested, and my strength has been tested.  Now my patience and endurance are being tested.  I have learned to live my life one step, one breath, and one moment at a time, but it was a long road.  I set out on a journey of love, seeking truth, peace, and understanding.  I am still learning.”

Muhammad Ali –


Find Greatness Within

What a fabulous job you all did on your Ali newsletters- I wrote to him and said we hope our lives will inspire him as his life has inspired us. I was impressed by your stories, images and each one’s commitment to achieving goals and personal greatness!


If any of you would like to put your newsletter on this blog- go for it! I am glad we could show them in class…your lives are very amazing!!!:))))


Here is a blurb about the Muhammad Ali Center

The Muhammad Ali Center serves as both a destination site and an international education and cultural center that is inspired by the ideals of its founder Muhammad Ali. The Ali Center’s innovative and immersive visitor experience, public and educational programming, and global initiatives – including conflict resolution training and management – carry on Muhammad’s legacy and continue his life’s work. Two-and-a-half levels of interactive exhibits and captivating multi-media presentations present Ali’s life story through the six core values of his life: respect, confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, and spirituality. Ultimately, the Ali Center strives to inspire you to pursue your potential and explore the greatness that lies within yourself.

Much more than a place that tells the story of one man’s journey, the Ali Center reaches beyond its physical walls to fulfill its mission: To preserve and share the legacy and ideals of Muhammad Ali, to promote respect, hope and understanding, and to inspire adults and children everywhere to be as great as they can be.



Hey all you RSSers!! You have made it past stage 1 (Don’t know what I don’t know) and stage 2 (Know what I don’t know and am freaking out!) of the learning curve. Do you feel like you are rising out of the deep waters of overwhelm?  Feel like you are ascending into stage 3- “I don’t know what I know” on your way to stage 4 “I know what I know?”  

  I enjoyed your essay question responses to describing 3 important pieces of information you are learning about yourself this quarter.  Your answers surprised me and inspired me!

The last two weeks we have been exploring how to become more empowered test takers…

I would say test anxiety is probably one of the top three reasons why students have such a hard time in college.  Who wouldn’t get a bit anxious hearing that they will be tested on material covered in class? The trick is changing how you respond to what may seem as a scary and threatening situation- remember fight, flight, freeze???

Some of you fight the test taking experience  by acting like you are going into battle at test time.  Read the rest of this entry »




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