Goals for Upper School - The Heights School

Goals for Upper School

September

Intellectual

  • Review all classes
  • Study or do homework 2-3 hours per day
  • Computer in bedroom? Get it out!
  • Overall goals for the year
Moral

  • Review cardinal virtues: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance. Goals to improve on them.
  • Heroic minute
  • Limit the amount of TV and vid
Spiritual

  • What the school offers: Mass and Confession
  • Daily Visits to Blessed Sacrament
  • Morning offering
Physical

  • Extracurricular Sports: Try a new sport this year
  • Personal appearance and grooming
  • Become really good at one sport

October

Intellectual

  • Review class by class progress
  • Read an article from the newspaper every day
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in writing skill
Moral

  • Check quality of movies before seeing them–no matter what!
  • Don’t do something you like until homework is done
  • Look out for your friends. Have they become better because they know you?
Physical

  • Extracurricular
  • Sports
  • Work-out routine for the year: sit-ups, push-ups, running, lifting, etc. See Mr. Lively if you need ideas
Spiritual

  • Questions and Issues from religion or ethics class
  • Taking advantage of Mass and Confession
  • Examination of Conscience

November

Intellectual

  • Discuss first quarter Report Card
  • Read an article from the Economist or some other periodical of that level.
Moral

  • Do chores cheerfully and on time without being asked
  • Discussion about holy purity
  • The importance of not being self-centered or arrogant. The value of humility.
  • Strength of will. Are you able to say and do the right thing?
Physical

  • Extracurricular
  • Sports
  • Trying hard and not caving in easily
Spiritual

  • Preparing for Advent
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Explain significance of Advent

December

Intellectual

  • Christmas reading
  • Preparing for Midterms
Moral

  • Go out of your way to be friendly to all members of your class, even those you think are “nerds”
  • Help around the house to prepare for Christmas
  • Generosity with one’s posessions
  • Controlling one’s passions
Physical

  • Extracurricular
  • Sports
  • Running hard during practice–especially suicides
  • No complaining–to parents, coaches, or referees
Spiritual

  • Preparing for Christmas
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Offer a small sacrifice each day for some family member

January

Intellectual

  • Review class by class progress
  • Midterm Prep
Moral

  • Encourage unity among classmates
  • No talking or disrupting class
  • Always, always tell the truth. The truth will make you free.
Physical

  • Extracurricular
  • Creating team spirit
Spiritual

  • Questions from religion or ethics class
  • Confesison and Mass
  • Offer a small sacrifice every day for the pope

February

Intellectual

  • Discuss second quarter Report Card
Moral

  • Temperance: eat a bit more of what you don’t like and a bit less of what you do.
  • Pitfalls of the internet
  • Are you self-centered or other-centered?
Physical

  • Extracurricular
  • Sports
  • Summer job opportunities
  • Helping mom and dad with yard work and other household chores
Spiritual

  • Preparing for Lent
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Putting intention into our work

March

Intellectual

  • Review class by class progress
  • Schedule for next academic year
Moral

  • Limit the amount of TV or video games
  • Controlling one’s anger
  • Are you a true and loyal friend?
  • Do you have high ideals or big dreams?
Physical

  • Extracurricular
  • Sports
  • Summer job
Spiritual

  • Lenten resolutions
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

April

Intellectual

  • Discuss third quarter Report Card
  • End of year push to finish strong
Moral

  • Having ownership of school: keeping it clean and in good shape
Physical

  • Practice your sport during Easter break
  • Summer jobs
Spiritual

  • Taking advantage of Confession and Mass
  • Visits to the Blessed Sacrament

May

Intellectual

  • Summer reading
  • Review class by class progress
  • Does advisee show a talent for a particular profession?
Moral

  • Moral growth during the summer: Virtues to work on. Vices to fight.
  • Helping around the house during the summer.
Physical

  • Camps
  • Summer Leagues?
  • Summer Jobs?
  • Use summer to develop athletic skills
Spiritual

  • Maintaining a life of prayer during the summer.
  • Keeping up with confession over the summer