Welcome back to the 2016-2017 school year! The theme of this school
year is officially the Year of Positivity!
How does positive thinking help students? In a recent article in an
issue of TeensHealth Magazine we find the following advice for
children: “Positive emotions balance out negative ones, but they have
other powerful benefits, too.
Instead of narrowing our focus like negative emotions do, positive
emotions affect our brains in ways that increase our awareness,
attention, and memory. They help us take in more information, hold
several ideas in mind at once, and understand how different ideas relate
to each other. When positive emotions open us up to new possibilities,
we are more able to learn and build on our skills. That leads to doing
better on tasks and tests. People who have plenty of positive emotions
in their everyday lives tend to be happier, healthier, learn better, and
get along well with others.”
The benefits of focusing our thinking, emotions, work and
relationships in this direction as having a great payoff has been
documented in science and psychology, in a multitude of ways that
bring success and happiness. What a great way to spend our time with
students, staff and our extended educational community!
I wish all of our students and families a successful school year filled
with new beginnings, rewarding experiences, great joy and positivity!
Maryrose Caulfield, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools