• Letter to Self

    Posted by Sarah Lyon on 6/12/2020 7:00:00 AM

    Well, friends. I couldn't resist another post and will likely try and squeeze a few more in throughout the summer if I am able.


    We are transitioning into summer and in times of transition I love to PAUSE. REFLECT.

    Sometimes the best way to do that is a Letter to Self. Here is the Google Slideshow Link for some prompts to get you started. After you write to yourself, stash your letter for a year, or for when you graduate, to read and remember this time.

    Pictured are a couple of students' personal mission statements creatively made :)

    Have a most wonderful break, y'all.

    Ms. Lyon

    Hailey Cale



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  • Mission Statement

    Posted by Sarah Lyon on 6/5/2020 1:00:00 PM

    Hello Highly Effective Teens!!


    This is sadly my last blog for awhile (unless I get a wild hair). And I thought what better way to end the year than a Personal Mission Statement. 


    I know. I just knocked your socks off. 

    But really. The second habit from the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens is quite possibly my FAVORITE: Begin with the end in mind.

    If you like vision boards then this is the post for you. And if you have never done a vision board then email me, you must, and I will get you set up.

    I lose focus in the video around minute 3 so feel free to stop watching, you probably got the gist. The end focuses on creating SMART goals which are effective ways to accomplish your dreams :)

    Be Great Today,

    Ms. Lyon


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  • The Great Discovery

    Posted by Sarah Lyon on 5/27/2020 12:00:00 PM



    Two weeks left of "school." What a trip this past 2 months has been. I have always found peace when looking inward and reflecting on what I value. 

    This week's post is taken from "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" focusing on habit number 2, "Beginning With the End in Mind."

    The exercise highlighted in the video is a jumping off point towards creating a personal mission statement, which we will delve into next week.

    Feel free to pause the video between each prompt spending as much, or as little, time as you need to think and write. 

    Answer the questions honestly, and I hope by the end of it you have a better idea of what inspires you, what you enjoy doing, whom you admire, and where you want to take your life.

    Peace, Love, and Joy,

    Ms. Lyon

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  • Where I am From

    Posted by Sarah Lyon on 5/20/2020 1:00:00 PM

    Hi Lovlies,

    This week we are exploring who we are and where we come from using a Poem created by George Lyon (no relation) called "Where I am From."

    You can find some really great resources on George's webpage, including her reading the original poem. 

    Watch the video below for how to get started writing your poem. I also tried to enhance the activity by incorporating a contour drawing of your favorite shoe (can you catch the symbolism??).

    You can get extra creative or just keep it simple with the poem.

    I hope you enjoy this activity as much as I do, and don't forget to share your creations with me! 

    Be Great Today,

    Ms. Lyon

    shoe  shoe

    Cale D.

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  • Me as a Tree

    Posted by Sarah Lyon on 5/14/2020 1:00:00 PM

    Hi All!

    This week we are using trees to help us understand ourselves a bit better.

    Click on the video to learn about two drawing/journaling activities that I have for you.

    You can check out the example pictures as well for guidance, but there is not right or wrong way to create your trees.

    Happy Exploring!!

    Madi Q

    Image by Madi Q.!!

    Me as a Tree Tree Map  

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  • Peace Origami

    Posted by Sarah Lyon on 4/29/2020 1:00:00 PM

    It's a tough time, why not spread some love through Peace Cranes?

    Here is a great downloadable guide to folding your cranes. 

    Check out the video for more information and don't forget to send me a picture of your creation!

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  • Earth Day!

    Posted by Sarah Lyon on 4/22/2020 3:30:00 PM

    Hello Friends and Happy Earth Day!

    Get outside and do some nature journaling to celebrate the environment.

    See the attached video if you want some inspiration and drawing tips.

    Remember to email Ms. Lyon pictures of your drawings or thoughts about this post.

    Be well.

    Nature Object- C.D. Photo by Cale Mara Dale

    Photo Credit: Cale D., Poem Mara Dale

    Happy Earth Day
    Happy Earth Day

    For your descriptive drawing:
    What do you notice?
    What do you wonder?
    What does it remind you of?


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  • May Baskets

    Posted by Sarah Lyon on 4/14/2020 2:00:00 PM

    "It's more fun to be outside than inside." Cale

    "Sometimes nature can happen overnight." Hailey

    "Nature is a healer." S. Lyon


    Spread some joy this May


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