Principal's Notes

The Goal

As the school year begins again, it is a great time to talk to your child about the goals that they have for their learning experience. The power of goal setting helps students to focus when the learning becomes frustrating and allows for celebration when goals are achieved. It also lends itself to great conversation between child and parent(s), both on how to set reachable goals and how to persevere when the going get tough. I would recommend anywhere between two to three goals that you commit to paper and revisit throughout the school year. Additionally, these goals should not about achieving a certain grade, but rather focused on skills and attributes that can built on throughout the middle school years. For example, a goal centered on participating once in each academic class, or completing all homework in a timely manner, will help a student learn time management and social skills.

Another aspect of goal setting would be to make sure it something that the student wants to achieve. I can think back to the days when I was a college athlete, and we would spend time envisioning the time we wanted to achieve by the end of the season. The purpose centered on the theory of putting thoughts into action and focusing on the task at hand each and every practice. The same thought process applies by having two to three great goals for the school year: it will provide a vision, an aspect to focus on daily, and another marker in the growth of your child as both a student and growing young adult.

Good luck in your goal setting and I look “forward” to talking with your child about how they are doing on their journey toward achieving their goals for the year.



Robb Gonda

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney




Posted by Robb Gonda on Tuesday September 1, 2015
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Career Day 2015

In Upper Arlington we are preparing our students to “serve, lead and succeed” through a variety of learning opportunities throughout their educational career. On Thursday, April 23 we focused on connecting students to their future through career exploration activities at each grade level. In sixth grade students focused on the future, both jobs that are forecasted and those in high demand at this time. To present this information Tisha McGlaughlin from the Ohio Department of Education and Don Mazza from Ohio Means Jobs talked with our students. This conversation was coupled with interest activities centered around helping to pair students’ individual talents with career possibilities.  In the seventh grade students listened to a guest speaker, Sean Carpenter, talk about living life in 3-D. After the brief lecture, students participated in a career fair where they were exposed to a variety of career options as well as what it would take to achieve their career goals, such as training, education, internship etc.. Our eighth graders took career exploration a step further by shadowing an adult in a career field in which they are interested in pursuing in the future. Students then completed an assignment that served as a reflection of the day. All of these activities complement the career exploration curriculum that is taught through our Life Skills classes and by our school counselors throughout your child’s 6th, 7th, and 8th grade years at HMS. These glimpses into careers are the foundation for future discussions and decisions as your child prepares for college and or the world of work.

I would like to thank Mrs. Johnson, Ms. Balog & Mrs. Moyer, and Mrs. Shapiro & Mr. Shipley for organizing these events, and all of the parents and community members who volunteered to speak and host our students on this career exploration day. This continued support is one of the many reasons Hastings Middle School is a special place to work and learn. Our hope is that our career event will result in positive conversations revolving around the next steps in your child’s bright future. If you have any questions about this event or your child’s education do not hesitate to contact at phone number or email listed in this communication.

Robb Gonda

“There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits to the human capacity for intelligence, imagination, and wonder.” - Ronald Reagan

Posted by Robb Gonda on Thursday April 23, 2015
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