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  • Mock Crash - Critical Lessons that ARE life or death...

    Posted by Brett Clarke on 4/27/2018

    Our high school just successfully hosted a mock crash for the students in grades 7-12.  While most of the time these incidents are something we see on tv or as something that may happen to someone else, this crash brings it home and involves people we know very well.  As impactful as the crash itself was the speaker that addressed us after the crash made it more personal than many of our students could every imagine.  Matt Maas lost his son just a couple years ago.  His son was a senior in high school and already a volunteer firefighter.  He wasn't a troubled teen.  He wasn't drinking.  He was in a car with a group of kids making careless decisions and he paid with his life.  Matt called it a crash because it wasn't an accident.  Now I'll be the first to admit that I wasn't able to hold back tears as he spoke about his son's funeral and how it impacted the community and certainly his family.  I challenge you to ask your child what they learned from the experience and hopefully it becomes a great opportunity for you to remind them as well how very important the responsibility to drive ( and ride ) in a car is.  

    One more great realization from this process is one that can only happen in a small town like Lanesboro.  As I saw the first responders coming in to the mock crash, I see police officers that have worked with our students.  I saw the EMT people show up and it is the mayor and local business people.  I see the fire department show up and it is the parents of our students and the people who I call for support of our programs and leaders in our town.  This truly is a supportive community and we are all better for being a part of it.

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  • Recognition Day!

    Posted by Brett Clarke on 2/26/2018 6:00:00 AM

    Once grades are posted for semester one it has become a tradition here to have all the students in grades 7-12 come to the gym and have a recognition day.  It is amazing what is accomplished by our students in half of a school year.  Student organizations give out awards and we hand out certificates for honor roll and attendance.  It is quite an event.  Another tradition that came to be was that I give the students a message at the end.  This semester I told them that they will most likely find what it is that they are looking for.  Like most mornings when I call throughout my house for something I can't find, I usually find what it is I am looking for.  Either myself or a member of my family will find it and bring it to me because they too knew what it was I was looking for.  I challenged the students to look for the good in people, the good in every situation and often times that is what they will find.  If they choose to look for what is wrong and why it won't work they will find that as well.  We do often find what it is we are looking for!

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  • Questions to ask your children...Better Questions=Better Answers

    Posted by Brett Clarke on 2/13/2018

    Do you ever get tired of yes/no answers from your children?  Here are a list of good questions taken from an article by Leslie Means.

    1. What made you smile today?
    2. Can you tell me an example of kindness you saw/showed? 
    3. Was there an example of unkindness? How did you respond?
    4. What was the book about that your teacher read?
    5. Did anyone do anything silly to make you laugh?
    6. What did you do that was creative?
    7. What was the best thing that happened today?
    8. Did you help anyone today?
    9. Did you tell anyone “thank you?”
    10. Who did you sit with at lunch?
    11. What made you laugh?
    12. Did you learn something you didn’t understand?
    13. Who inspired you today?
    14. What was the peak and the pit?
    15. Was anyone in your class gone today?
    16. What is something you heard that surprised you?
    17. What is something you saw that made you think?
    18. Tell me something you know today that you didn’t know yesterday.
    19. What is something that challenged you?
    20. How did someone fill your bucket today? Whose bucket did you fill?
    21. Did you like your lunch?
    22. Rate your day on a scale from 1-10.
    23. What questions did you ask at school today?
    24. Tell us your top two things from the day (before you can be excused from the dinner table!). 
    25. What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
    26. What are you reading?
    27. Teach me something I don’t know.
    28. If you could change one thing about your day, what would it be?
    29. (For older kids):  Do you feel prepared for your history test?” or, “Is there anything on your mind that you’d like to talk about?” (In my opinion, the key is not only the way a question is phrased, but responding in a supportive way.)
    30. What kind of person were you today?
    31. What made you feel proud?
    32. Did you learn any new words today?
    33. What do you hope to do before school is out for the year?
    34. If you could switch seats with anyone in class, who would it be? And why?
    35. If you switched places with your teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class?
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  • Purple Cow! - Seth Godin

    Posted by Brett Clarke on 3/28/2017

    I had the opportunity last week to hear Seth Godin Speak.  If you haven't heard of him - google him and start reading his blog!  He challenged everyday thinking in a number of ways and one of them was in describing cows of all things.  He said that if he was traveling in a car and passed a few cows it may capture the attention of his young children for a number of seconds.  They would say "hey there is a cow"


    But what if it was a purple cow?!

    If it was a purple cow there would be good reason to open snapchat, text friends, call the news reporters and more!


    He said there are plenty of great ideas out there and you should seek to be the artist that portrays that idea in an interesting new way = the purple cow.


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  • "Oh, The Places You Will Go" - Dr. Seuss

    Posted by Brett Clarke on 2/22/2017 1:00:00 AM

    As part of our recognition day, I addressed the 7th-12th grade student body and spoke about treating others well.  You never know what kind of baggage others carry with them day to day.  In addition to that message I also read the book by Dr. Seuss "Oh, the Places You Will Go"


    You may ask yourself, did you really read a children's book to a group of high school kids?  Yes I did and if you haven't read it in a while I would recommend the book very highly!


    We have tremendous students!  And they will go many places and success will find them there!

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  • Check on Facebook!

    Posted by Brett Clarke on 2/9/2017 1:00:00 AM

    Our Facebook Page is being updated much more frequently this year.  There are multiple people posting which means that if you have not likes us there it would be a great time to get information, photos, and more!

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  • Long Time

    Posted by Brett Clarke on 10/24/2016 1:00:00 AM

    It's been a long time since I have added to this page.  Much has happened and much has been done.  Our students are nearing the end of 1st Quarter.  We have had students attend national conventions, involved in field trips, competitions and the falls sports seasons are in playoff mode.  Cheer on your Burros any chance you get!

    The class that I have the priviledge of teaching this year is Personal Finance.  With great students and great material to cover it doesn't get much better.  The Dave Ramsey Curriculum is the centerpiece of this class and our students are becoming informed consumers educated on the pitfalls and decisions facing them in the coming months and into the future beyond school.  This class is a great transition into their lives as young leaders in our community.  The personal management leads to opportunities to contribute and succeed after high school.  

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  • Mentors

    Posted by Brett Clarke on 4/5/2016 6:00:00 AM

    In high school we hear a great deal about finding the right college and getting good grades.  Those certainly are important.  Today, however, I read an article on mentoring and it highlights its importance on our growth and development - in children as well as adulthood.  I have mentioned to the students on several occasions that a year from now you will be the same person except for the books you read and the people you meet.  That statement comes from Dave Ramsey.  He has mentored more people than I can count.  In fact, every student that has graduated from Lanesboro in the past several years has gone through his program here at school.  My first two mentors were my father and mother.  At some point we all need to reach beyond our family to get mentoring.  To our students: be purposeful in who you get mentoring from.  Be purposeful in who you let into your inner circle.  Reach out to people who have gone where you are looking to go.  You will be glad you did.

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  • Good perspective from John Sullivan

    Posted by Brett Clarke on 2/3/2016
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  • Good Article on Basketball Rules - Officiating

    Posted by Brett Clarke on 1/28/2016 2:30:00 PM
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