We had a two hour block in the morning to take school photos (for IDs, school attendance, and parents). Each department was given some latitude to do something fun for the yearbook so we (science) all did our best Patch Adams. Students loved it! They got to see that we can have some fun and be silly sometimes. In our two hours with our advisory group we watched this video and then discussed many of the same questions. Great fun as well!
Personal initiative and building goals are the same this year: developing relationships. We have a new advisory group program and each student will see a personal note with his or her planner and schedule on the first day. Today my three ninth graders got theirs (student name covered by key). I will see them everyday (720 school days) until they graduate!