Mathcounts 2019!

On Saturday, February 16, the Viewpoint Mathcounts Team competed with sixteen middle schools in the San Fernando Chapter. Our students participated with enthusiasm and gave their all, finishing in fifth place. In addition, Avrick A. qualified for the final ten Count Down. Everyone enjoyed the experience!

We are proud of the effort and dedication of our Mathcounts team and their advisors, Mr. Livanos and Ms. Giuffrida. Congratulations on your achievement!

Got library love? Valentine’s Day in the Fletcher Family Library

The weather has been chilly this week, but our hearts are warm! Middle School students took shelter from the cold and rain this week as they made Valentine’s Day crafts in the Fletcher Family Library!

Middle schoolers Zoe C., Lily D. and Shoshana L. were among our crafters in the Fletcher Family Library!

You can enjoy a bit of our students’ handiwork here! We wish all of our Viewpoint community a day filled with friendship and love and a restful long weekend.

MS Advisory Update: Train your Brain to Handle Anger


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This week in Advisory, MS students built on their knowledge about the brain as it relates to handling anger in a lesson titled, Train your brain to handle Anger. Students learned more about the amygdala and the reptilian part of the brain, the part concerned with survival and safety where our automatic fight, flight or freeze response kicks in when we feel a threat, whether real or perceived. Nowadays those threats may look like a perceived slight with friends, the upcoming test they think they may fail, a mean post on social media, etc. We talked about how anger feels and how it manifests. We also shared a clip from one of my favorite films, Inside Out, where all family members get angry with one another. We discussed the early warning signs of anger and how we can notice our anger, where it lands in our body, etc., so we can more skillfully choose our response in any given situation, particularly when we feel upset or frustrated.

We wrapped up our time together with an Anger checklist where students could reflect on their anger reactions and healthy ways to deal with anger. They also set a goal to work on one behavior they wanted to change. I highly recommend you talking to your child about this important topic as it relates to their social-emotional learning and growth. And please feel free to be in touch with any sharing. I am passionate about helping our students better understand, express and cope with the whole range of emotions we experience any given today. Thank you!
—Ms. Henning, School Counselor Grades 5-8, laree.henning@viewpoint.org

Chinese New Year

On Thursday, our Middle and Upper School students celebrated the Chinese New Year (the Year of the Pig) with a special visit from the Shaolin Temple Cultural Center. To our students’ delight, monks from the Shaolin Temple gave a fantastic demonstration of skill and agility in the martial arts, starting with a brief warm-up, kung fu and mock weapons demonstrations, and ending with a fun group photo to commemorate the visit!

After concluding the martial arts portion of the performance, our guests invited student volunteers to participate in a tea ceremony, during which our entire student body was invited to engage in a brief mindfulness meditation. As students focused on each detail of the tea preparation, parallels were drawn with how we may bring this meditative focus on the present moment to each of our daily activities.

It was a special treat to welcome in the new year with the Shaolin Temple Cultural Center, and to everyone, xin nian kuai le (in Mandarin, Happy New Year)!

To learn more about some of the common traditions associated with celebrating the Chinese (or Lunar) New Year, visit http://time.com/5143858/chinese-new-year-2018/.