Sunday, November 11, 2018

November Principal Monthly

On Friday during Care & Connect, your Generals experienced a lesson containing the video above about NTI Days this year. A few key highlights are:

  1. All Generals will be completing the course titled, How must we support our growing community? 
  2. Pending SBDM approval, this course will be completed for .25 of a credit each year on your General's transcript.
  3. The course is open now through March 15.
  4. Your General can work on this course at any time.
  5. This course meets the NTI (non traditional instruction) requirement,yet is about more than the requirement itself. The course is an opportunity for our students to engage in authentic questions our community faces. Therefore, your General will be completing this course regardless of how many or how few NTI days we have this year.
  6. Your General joined a Google Classroom on Friday. You can ask your General to invite you to be a member of the course as well, if you would like to access or view their work.
  7. The top community development plan from each HOUSE will be submitted to Mrs.Kim Huston from the Nelson County Economic Development Agency. The top plan selected by Mrs.Huston will be recognized at the April Fiscal Court meeting.
Here's to continuing to think anew about creating meaningful and authentic learning opportunities for our Generals.


Monday, October 15, 2018

October Principal Monthly

Thomas Nelson High School is excited to present an extension of whole child CARE to our families. Nurse practitioner services are now available for our students and teachers through the Healthy Kids Clinic. For more information, please watch the video above.

Our HOUSE Stewards will be hosting a new twist on an annual tradition. Grades will be posted on October 19 for invitations to the Dean's List Celebration. Parents of students with a 3.25 GPA or higher as of October 19 will be invited to attend. The celebration will take place by HOUSEs. Invites to come soon!

Hamilton will celebrate on November 7 from 8:40-9:30
Lincoln will celebrate on November 7 from 9:30- 10:30
Washington will celebrate on November 8 from 8:40-9:30
Lafayette will celebrate on November 8 from 9:30-10:30

We will be hosting a HOUSE Parent Kick-Off at Bullit BBQ on October 26. To learn more about this opportunity to CARE, CONNECT, and CREATE with HOUSE Parents, please check out the video above.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Principal's Monthly: September

Make ART.
Have you heard about Ryan Hack and his podcast, Communicrazy? Check out what this General CREATEs during his Creative Directing class.

What must we CREATE?
The acceleration of technology demands we continue to CREATE experiences for our Generals that are both COMMUNITY and future centered. Over the past two weeks, our Generals and LEADERs have emersed themselves into exploring how we can say YES to what our future demands of us. Every sophomore attended a session with Workforce Development LEADER, David Mudd, as they explored the path they wanted to paint for their future. Additionally, our LEADERs are visiting local industries this week to explore ways to CONNECT our Generals to authentic experiences inside the classroom.
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Dedicated to our COMMUNITY.

Ridiculously Good Looking.
Ask your General about their experiences engaging in MODL reading and writing. This week, we will begin MODL reading with excerpts from the book Strengths Finders. Your General will be utilizing this MODL reading to engage in our Citizenship Collaboration next week.


The TNHS XC/TF team organizes the annual Iron Horse Festival 5K. For the first time ever, this race will be able to offer live results and chipped times. Sign up for the Iron Horse 5K by visiting THIS LINK.

After you run in the Iron Horse 5K, be sure to stick around for the parade. Our Student Organization says it is sure to be a wild ride!

We are a COMMUNITY of  Possibilities.
This Friday marks our quarterly Student Gift Showcase. During this time, our Generals will be showcasing their gifts through student-led 30-minute sessions. Some of these sessions include: How to Speak German, How to Write Cursive, Applying for GSP, and How to Play Mandolin.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Chromebook CARETaking. YES!

We are excited to be launching our 1:1 Chromebook initiative. Any family who did not attend HOUSEWarming may complete the Chromebook CARE Camp by watching THIS VIDEO and completing THIS FORM. These resources are also available on the school website under "TNHS Basics".

The Chromebook CARE Camp Form also serves as our acceptable use permission form. This means your student will not be permitted to have access to use of the internet without parent completion of the form.

Any student who is new to the district and does not yet have a Google account will need to inform their Care & Connect LEADER. Once the C&C LEADER records their name on our internal sheet, your student's account will be created within 2 days. 

If you or your student experience any issues with the Chromebook or Google Account, please contact our Media Specialist, Jill Mattingly.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

We can't wait to see YOU Thursday (8.2.18 5-8pm)

Hello General Families,

Above is a video outlining what to expect on Thursday, August 2.

A few notes to consider include:
  • Please arrive by 5pm to allow your General time to retrieve schedules from CARE & CONNECT LEADERs and view classes. Our Future Story Support LEADERs, Mrs.Julia Thomas and Mr.Kyle Thomas take much PRIDE and CARE into the scheduling process to ensure your General is able to pursue the pathway of their desire.
  • Chromebook distribution will be reserved for 5:30-6:00 and will take place in your General's CARE & CONNECT room.
  • Before Chromebooks are released into the CARE of the student, families will be asked to view the acceptable use policy, linked HERE and complete the Google Form, linked HERE. If your General is 18 years old, they are permitted to complete the Google Form on their own. Otherwise, both the student and the parent will need to complete Google Forms per district policy.
  • If you would like to get a head start on completing these forms, feel free to do so now. 
  • If you are unable to attend HOUSEWarming, please complete the forms to enable your child to retrieve their Chromebook from their CARE & CONNECT LEADER on the first day of school.
  • Supply List can be found HERE. (Please note, the issued Chromebook, paper, and pencil should be all students need for the first week of school unless otherwise noted by the LEADER on HOUSEWarming night)
  • If you would like to view the Google slides with the information from the video, including the map, please click HERE.
We look forward to seeing each of you on Thursday at 5pm!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

HOUSEWarming 8.2.2018

August 2, 2018 will mark our annual back to school night, with a little twist. This year we will be hosting this special event as a HOUSEWarming. YES.

How we will spend our time together:
5:00-5:30 Schedules and LEADER Meet and Greet
5:30-6:00 Digital CARETaking & Chromebook Distribution
6:00-6:30 Care & Connect Lesson (Students & Parents Together=YES)
6:30-7:30 HOUSEWarming HOUSE Pride Rally (Students & Parents Competing= YES)

We hope to see each of you there to experience our HOUSE COMMUNITY, learn more about Digital CARETaking as Thomas Nelson goes to a 1:1 technology model, and compete in our first ever HOUSEWarming HOUSE Pride Rally. Will you be the one to raise the flag?

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Gratitude, Reflection, & Growth

Thank you for your continued CARE for TNHS students and LEADERs over the past 7 years. Your CAREtaking has helped us turn a building into a school community that cares for all students! LEADing at Thomas Nelson over the past has been an absolute honor and joy because of people like you trusting in and caring for us. 

Undoubtedly, when a group of people take CARE of each other, trust in each other, and work together, anything is possible. I am excited to continue to see how high TNHS will fly in the months and years ahead. I have full confidence in the LEADERship and professionalism throughout the TNHS community. You are in remarkably good hands in the years ahead. 

TNHS started with the belief that together we can create a remarkable school community. The word YES was symbol of that belief and continues to drive the future at TNHS. This YES will propel the TNHS community into a powerful future story. 

When we have allowed our students to LEAD they have shown us that they are capable of changing the world! The students throughout the TNHS community have continued to step-up and LEAD, by caring for each other, and our school. I can proudly say that the mission of active and informed citizenship has taken life within the walls of Thomas Nelson. 


Find all the details on the Principal selection process at our SBDM website here. Here is an initial overview of the timeline that will be adjusted on Monday, April 30th with our SBDM Team.