Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Preparing for Lift-Off - Honoring the Class of 2017

HONORING THE CLASS OF 2017
Celebrating our mission of College, Career, and Citizenship Readiness - Yes. 

Class of 2017 Gratitude

CARE & CONNECT LEADERship
For the first time in TNHS history our freshman sat directly alongside Seniors from their Care & Connect classes to pass along a legacy brick and letter showing their gratitude. This important tradition reminds us all that we create nothing alone, and that we rely upon each other to build a stronger community. 

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April 2017 - Preparing For Lift-Off

CARETAKING FOR OUR CLASS OF 2017
At Thomas Nelson we continuously work to support our Generals taking CARE of each other while pursuing their future story goals. Our Senior Lift-Off Week symbolically represents our mission and vision within the ideal of CAREtaking that allows our Generals to leave our school better than they found it. Check out the overview of events for our class of 2017. 

MONDAY, MAY 22nd
LAYING THE FOUNDATION CEREMONY
Seniors will begin the week by symbolically laying the foundation for our community. During this ceremony all anticipated graduates will be given their brick by a member of the class of 2020. Student LEADERs from the class of 2020 will share stories of gratitude and inspiration. Seniors will then be called forward in small groups to place their brick on the ground to symbolize their foundational role in our Nelson County community.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24th
SENIOR SALUTE AWARDS CEREMONY
Starting with a reception in The Commons from 8:30 to 9:00 Seniors and their selected sponsor will be seated in their reserved spot on the gym floor. All seniors will receive celebratory G pins and graduation cords while also being recognized for academic excellence and scholarship accomplishments. All TNHS students and parents are invited to this special event.

THURSDAY, MAY 25th TORCHLIGHT CEREMONY    
This special event is hosted by the Hamilton House and will bring together our Juniors and Seniors to participate in passing the CARE torch. Select Seniors will share advice, stories, and insight with underclassmen. Following the shared readings, each senior will symbolically light their candle and pass the CARE torch to a Junior class member as they process around the balcony of the gymnasium for their last time as a Thomas Nelson student.

MOOSE HUNTER BREAKFAST - FRIDAY, MAY 26th
We will have an all Senior breakfast and take attendance in the cafeteria starting at 8:50 AM. An annual TNHS tradition, students and teachers will share their favorite memories.
GRADUATION CEREMONY: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Seniors will report to assigned Hamilton House Classrooms no later than 4:30 PM  to go through final preparations with House CAREtaker and begin lining up for the procession. Graduates are expected to dress in formal attire for the occasion. Gentlemen are expected to wear a shirt and tie with dress shoes and ladies are expected to wear appropriate dress clothes and dress shoes.
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

March 2017: Celebrating Together

PARENT PIONEERS & PURPLE COWS
         Since opening our doors in August of 2012, TNHS community members have continued to pioneer and make history. This pioneering spirit was front and center at our first ever parent social event on March 11th. We were fortunate to have just over 40 community members present to celebrate and create the future together. Everyone that attended walked away with a vision for a more connected future for our community. Yes.  
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OPERATION PURPLE COW
What do you get when you mix six weeks of group preparation, an interview audience of twenty, and General Courage? Operation Purple Cow!  Generals made history in this unique event that allowed over 35 community members to provide one-on-one interviews to 152 of our senior class of 2017. CARE & Connect classes looking on provided a truly Purple Cow experience for both our visitors and our Generals. Genny was beaming with pride!

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SPRING DEAN'S LIST BREAKFAST
REPORT CARDS GO HOME FRIDAY, MARCH 31st 
3.25 GPA OR HIGHER?
Here are the dates for your House - Invites sent 4.3.17

Hamilton House = April 12th from 8:35 to 9:20 AM
Lincoln House = April 12th from 9:30 to 10:10 AM
Lafayette House = April 13th from 8:35 to 9:20 AM
Washington House = April 13th from 9:30 to 10:10 AM


SENIOR GRADUATION MAILING = APRIL 12th 
A Lift-Off week overview with a day-by-day event detail will be sent to all senior parents on April 12th. Yes!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

General Hand 2/23



Whole House Gathering (15 Minutes) 
1. Who/what can we celebrate?
2. E-Cards
3. CONNECTING together - Parent Prom

Individual House Breakout (40 Minutes)
4. What are our next action steps? Who is responsible for what?
5. Gratitude Circle in Houses (5 min.)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

February 2017: Connect at Parent Prom

CONNECT AT PARENT PROM
Who says you can't go to prom again? Make history at our first annual parent social event March 11th from 7 to 10 PM in the College and Career Cafe. Check out this short clip for more details!


PARENT & STUDENT SURVEY FEEDBACK
Click Here for 2016 Parent Survey Responses 

Important takeaways: 
1. Parent partners value the CARE that TNHS provides for their child. 
2. Parent partners have an awareness of our 4-Year House System. YES. 
3. Parents value feedback about their child and we must continue to find meaningful ways to celebrate students and communicate feedback about their growth. 
4. Parents need greater awareness about FRYSC services and the Fusion Youth Service Center. 





Wednesday, February 1, 2017

2.2.2017 General Hand





Whole House Gathering (15 Minutes) 
1. Who/what can we celebrate?
2. E-Cards
3. CONNECTING together - Parent Prom

Individual House Breakout (40 Minutes)
4. What do we want to CREATE together?
5. What are our next action steps? Who is responsible for what?
6. Gratitude Circle in Houses (5 min.)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

January 2017: Connect - Parent Partner Survey


PARTNERING WITH PARENTS SURVEY 
An essential part of our vision at Thomas Nelson is parent and community partnership. Every year we issue the Partnering with Parents Survey to provide important feedback from our parents. 

Click Here - Partnering with Parents Survey to share your voice. 

The purpose of this survey is: 

  1. To learn from you and determine how we can continue to grow as a school community in supporting parents. 
  2. Share the results in the February Edition of The General. 
  3. Allow TNHS staff LEADERs and General Hand Parent LEADERs to learn from the data and establish goals for the year ahead. 
Please take 3 to 4 minutes to complete this survey. 





Our First Annual House Pictures



 THE GENERAL HAND NEEDS YOU
Contact wes.bradley@nelson.kyschools.us to learn more about how to become a house parent.  






Monday, January 2, 2017

1.12.17 General Hand




Whole House Gathering (15 Minutes) 
1. Who/what can we celebrate?
2. E-Cards
3. The Power of the Hedgehog
4. Together we are Brilliant - Strengths Based Leadership
Individual House Breakout (40 Minutes)
5. What roles do my strengths best fit? What excites me the most?
6. What are our next action steps? 
7. Gratitude Circle in Houses (5 min.)