1001 Park Avenue Fostoria, Ohio Phone: 419-436-4110 Fax: 419-436-6427
Junior/Senior High School
Grades 7-12 - School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.
Dr. Amanda Ricketts
|Fostoria Junior/Senior High School is dedicated to ensuring individual student's needs are met and each student is prepared to experience success in all of their future endeavors. Through communication, collaboration and determination we wish to accomplish these goals as a school, a district, and a community.|
The staff and students at Fostoria Junior/Senior High School are working hard this year on the goal-setting process as we begin our journey as a LEAD school. Research has shown that the simple act of writing a goal greatly increases the chances of accomplishing the goal. If goals are broken down into action steps and the action steps are tracked, goals have an even greater percentage of success.
During our weekly SUCCESS period, each student writes and then monitors three Wildly Important Goals or WIG’s in a Leadership Notebook. These goals are focused on 3 critical areas: Grades, Attendance, and Personal Development. We refer to these critical areas as our GAP’s. For each area, students identify 2-3 action steps to ensure they are making efforts to achieve their GAP WIG’s. During SUCCESS, students also meet with an accountability partner to discuss their action steps and the progress they have made over the last week.
We are very excited about the work our students and staff are doing through LEAD! Taking this process seriously will help us “close the GAP”. We encourage you to ask your child about our Leadership Notebooks and WIG’s at home. The goals chosen are meaningful to your child, so be sure to practice Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood. We sincerely thank you for your support!
Part of LEAD is discussing what is known as the “7 Habits”. These are habits that, when made an integral part of our everyday decision-making and treated as a way of life, will have a significant impact on our lives.
Our students are diving into these habits in their SUCCESS classes as well. They will begin with Habit 1 – Be Proactive. Being proactive means to take responsibility for your own life. One easy way for students, and adults, to do this is by listening to our language.
A motto that we have adopted this year is “Victim or Victor”. Too often it is easy for a person to focus on what is outside of their control or influence when evaluating their own behaviors. This is what we call the Victim Mindset. Instead, we would like our students to pay specific attention to those things they do have control or influence over, adopting a Victor Mindset. A victim mindset allows others to dictate to us what we are capable of accomplishing and limits our potential to other’s opinions of us. A victor mindset empowers students to carve their own path and limits their potential only to what they tell themselves they are capable of.
Something our students will practice at school, and can also easily be done at home, is the “Circle of Control”. When considering a goal we would like to accomplish, or a dilemma in our lives, we should consider this circle.
Is this something that we have influence or control over? If so, it falls within the inner part of the circle or the Circle of Control. If it is not something we are able to influence it falls in the outer circle or the Circle of No Control. If we grow the inner circle and shrink the outer circle we are building a Victor Mindset and will take greater responsibility for our own lives.