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April 2016

Principal’s Corner

I am hopeful that this newsletter will provide you yet another means to receive important information about the happenings at Olive Vista.  In addition to this newsletter, we communicate to you via our websites- http://olivevistams-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com and https://sites.google.com/site/ovsteammagnet/, Blackboard Connect phone messages, and flyers.  You can also follow me on twitter @Mr_Wright_11 where I will post updates and articles for parents, teachers, and students.


Much of our communication depends on you providing the school with accurate and updated contact information.  This allows us to communicate with you and your designated contacts in case of an emergency, and to share with you important information about your child’s academic progress.  Please contact the school immediately if there has been a change of phone number or address and to verify that we have your current contact information.  I also encourage you to list an active email account as many messages are also sent via email.


Our ability to stay connected greatly increases the web of support that is provided to each Olive Vista student.  I hope you will consider stopping by to our next Coffee with the Principal on Friday, March 4, where we will have a special guest speaker.  The title of the presentation is “Psychological First Aid for Parents and Students” which will cover ways for parents to support their students through crisis situations.


Rodney Wright, Principal


Good Reputation - The Key to Success

We often hear messages, ones especially for us —from school, from the community, from parents.  We all know a good person has to be respectful, consider his/her, and others’, safety when acting; to be responsible, and appreciate the differences in others. Consider: do you treat others the way you want to be treated? Do you respect laws, rules, and school authority? Do you treat people fairly and respect their rights? Do you respect private and public property? If the answer to the above questions is yes, then you truly understand the meaning of RESPECT, and you are a respectful person. All decent human beings are concerned about having a good reputation. One of the most famous world publications, Forbes Magazine, suggests several steps to help maintain a good reputation. Although we will focus on only two of the suggestions here, a complete list of all 10  suggestions follows, and  each step will be discussed in detail in our upcoming publications. Here’s what Forbes suggests. Your actions + what others say about you = your reputation.  Some may or may not agree with the formula, but the steps described in the article, written by Darrah Brustein, are universal prescriptions to keeping a healthy reputation.


1. Do what you say you’ll do

2. Go out of your way to help others reach their goals

3. Make other people look good

4. Go a step beyond what is expected

5. Look the part

6. Consider your body language

7. Be consistent

8. Act with integrity

9. Get engaged with your community

10. Be likeable.


Do what you say you’ll do


Just think about it: You promised your parent/guardian to keep your room clean, get excellent grades, and do everything in your power not to get a bad comment from your teacher.  And, if any of those promises is broken, most of the time there is an excuse, right? Now, imagine if your parent promises to buy you a gift you have craved for a long time, and suddenly—on the day of his/her promised day—the gift is not delivered. How would you feel?  Frustrated? Sad? Maybe even angry? Do not promise anything that you cannot deliver. If you have made a promise, do everything in your power to keep your word. At times circumstances are stronger than our efforts, but you know that you have tried your best, and that matters!


Go out of your way to help others reach their goals


Being reputable goes beyond a concern for yourself and your own advancement. In other words— do not show off your skills and do everything to help others gain skills that will make them look good. Develop a mindset of helping other people. Does one of your friends need help in reporting something? Offer to help him/her. Do you see any student being bullied on campus? Report the incident to an adult. Does a friend need help in math or another subject to pass a test? Offer your knowledge so you are both prepared for a test.


Perfect Reputation


Famous Quotes


Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.


William Shakespeare



Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.


Abraham Lincoln


What Are They Saying


Help Others