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Blogmas: Part 3

Festive Entertainment
Hey mohawks! For part three of blogmas, I’m going to be sharing with you a few places you can go to get in the Christmas spirit! I think it’s always a great idea to do at least one fun thing with your friends and family that truly captures the joy of the holidays. So where should you go?!
Fountain Square Ice Skating
Holiday Hours (December 15 – Jan 1)
Monday – Sunday: 9a to 11p
Cost: $6.00 admission and $4.00 skate rental.
Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo
(Now through January 1st)
Sunday – Thursday – 5p – 9p
Friday & Saturday – 5p – 10p
Cost (general admission): Adults: Online $17 (Gate $19)
Child/Sr: Online $12 (Gate $13)
Niederman Family Farm’s Christmas Display
(Now through Dec. 30th)
Sunday-Thursday 6-9p
Friday & Saturday 6-10p
Cost: Free!
Holiday Lights at Sharon Woods
(Now through Dec. 31st)
Sunday - Thursday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Friday - Saturday 5:30pm-10:00pm
Cost: 13$ per car load
Christmas Town at the Creation Museum
(December 15-23 and 26-30)
5:00 to 8:00p
Cost: Free, but does not include $5 parking or food, retail items, zip lines, camel rides, museum exhibits, and shows.
A Christmas Carol at The Playhouse at the Park
Check website for showtimes and cost.
I’ve seen this play and I would highly recommend it!
The Nutcracker from the Cincinnati Ballet at Music Hall
Dec. 14-24
Check website for showtimes and cost.
I’ve also watched this one and it was amazing!
I hope you get to enjoy at least one of these events this season! :)
~ Emily

Part 2 of Blogmas!
So Christmas is approaching faster than you can say “Rudolph!” and you still don’t have the perfect gifts?! Well I’m here to help. Part 2 of blogmas is your guide to finding just the right present for all of your loved ones!
For your Mom: I’ve come to realize that the things moms enjoy most in life are what comes from the heart. So, if you’re the crafty type I’ve liked a few homemade and heartfelt gifts that I think any mother would enjoy.
Be sure to tweak these gifts to fit your mom’s personality best!
And if you’re not too creative, I’ve listed a few below that any mom will love!
Throw Blankets
Spa Night Essentials (think face masks, nail polish, lotion, etc.)
A hand written letter, telling her how appreciated she is
Her favorite candy/snacks
A water bottle, cup, or mug that fits her style
A candle
A framed family photo
For your dad: I think my dad is by far the hardest to shop for in my family. Basically I try to get things that I know he likes, so I don’t have to do too much guess work.
A shirt from his favorite store (under armour, dick’s, nike)
Gift Cards (they’re easy and will for sure be used)
His favorite candy/snacks
A Yeti
A hat
For your Sibs: While sibling’s ages and interests can vary, I’ve tried to pick some that I think would be great for anyone:
Fuzzy Socks
Bath Bomb
Gift Cards
Water Bottle or traveler cup
Phone case
Her favorite candy/snacks
Lip balm, lotions, body scrubs
Long sleeve shirt/hoodie
Gift Cards
Nike Socks
His favorite candy/snacks
A hat
For your besties: I think you can use any of the gifts I listed above for your friends as well! But I’ve added a few more below also.
Framed photo of you and them
A scrapbook containing your favorite memories together
Matching bracelets/necklaces
I hope this list will be helpful to you in finding the best gifts and remember,
whoever you’re gifting to this season, it’s the thought that counts!
“It is more blessed to give than to receive” Acts 20:35
It's officially December! So to kick off the season I'm starting a series I've called "blogmas". Basically, this will be a run down of all things Christmas including recipes, gift guides, crafts and decorations, DIY's, and more! To start us off, I'm listing my Christmas Playlist. Of course we all know the classics, so I included some more modern versions of my favorites! I think holiday music really does put me in a better mood and makes everything feel a little more special. 
White Christmas - Micheal Bublé
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Micheal Bublé
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Micheal Bublé
I'll be Home for Christmas - Micheal Bublé
Mary Did You Know? - Pentatonix
How Great Thou Art - Pentatonix, Jennifer Hudson
The First Noel - Pentatonix
Mistletoe - Justin Bieber
Baby It's Cold Outside - Brett Eldredge, Meghan Trainor
Carol Of The Bells - Lindsay Sterling
O Holy Night - Mariah Carey
All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey
The First Noel - Lady Antebellum
Silent Night - Pentatonix
I hope you enjoy them! Also be on the lookout for more blogs than usual in the coming weeks! 
~ Emily 

Hey Mohawks!

I hope you all had a wonderful break, and got to enjoy time with your family and friends! I know I did. I went to two Thanksgivings so I got to eat tons of yummy food. On Friday, our history making football season came to an end. It was such an awesome ride, and I’m so glad I got to be apart of it for my senior year. I’m so proud of the football team and how hard they worked to make it this far. Over the rest of break I worked, shopped, and spent time with my family. Yesterday, we decorated my house for Christmas which is one of my favorite things to do! I absolutely love Christmas and the holiday season in general. Here’s to hoping these next three weeks of school and finals go by quickly!


The Importance of Giving Thanks in Our Everyday Lives

Thanksgiving is a time when we all take a moment to appreciate everything we’ve been blessed with. We treasure our families, our friends, this awesome community we call home, our country, and all the other gifts we’ve been given in this life. And although it’s great that we take this day as the opportunity to do so, I think it’s so very important to show gratitude in the day to day. We live in a society that, for the most part, is entitled. We often overlook the good we receive, simply because it’s handed to us. The food on our tables, the clothes we are wearing, the bed we sleep in, all of these are things I know I take for granted. And all of these are things that someone else is praying for. This is why I think its essential that we show our appreciation every day. Thank your teacher, tip your waitress a little extra, smile at strangers, tell your parents thank you, and take a minute each day to be thankful for every gift you have in your life. Additionally saying thank you has the power to transform our happiness health, and success. Harvard’s research suggests, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, enjoy their good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. According to research by the Institute of HeartMath, it also improves the heart's rhythmic functioning, which helps us to reduce stress, think more clearly under pressure and heal physically. It's actually physiologically impossible to be stressed and thankful at the same time. Being thankful floods your body and brain with emotions and endorphins that uplift and energize you. So, as Thanksgiving comes and goes,  I encourage you to practice gratitude daily. Those around you will appreciate it, and it will improve you as well! I hope all of you have a blessed Thanksgiving, and are ready for another win on Friday!

“When you love what you have, you have everything you need.”

~ Emily

Hey mohawks! The school is preparing for another playoff game! It has been so awesome to watch the community come together and rally behind the team. These moments are the ones that make me appreciate how amazing Madison really is. It's crazy how fast this year is flying by. Before we know it, it will be Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, prom, and graduation. I know I've been really stressed out working on college applications, working, and trying to juggle school. It's important that we take time to appreciate what's going on in the moment we're in. I've linked an article below that will help you learn to make the most of High School. I'll see you all at the game Friday! Go Mohawks! 
What a weekend!! The mohawks played their first ever playoff game, and WON!! The atmosphere was incredible. It was such an amazing game, and the boys played their hearts out. I’m so proud to be a mohawk, especially after this historical moment. Cheering in the student section with my friends, and watching as we scored the game winning touchdown was something I will never forget. My throat still hurts from screaming so loud. These are the types of memories that will last a lifetime. And how amazing is it that it gets to happen my senior year? I feel so grateful to be a part of this community, this family, and this school. I’ll be forever thankful to be a mohawk. And I know I will always remember that game. Congratulations boys!
Our team takes on CHCA at Lakota East at 7:30. I encourage everyone to come out and support the mohawks again this week. WHY NOT US?

The Best of Senior Year (so far)

I’m a quarter of the way through senior year, and with that comes applying to colleges, essays, scholarships, and big decisions. While this all can be overwhelming, it’s good to take a step back and appreciate everything that makes being a senior, and a mohawk so awesome.
Friends: This is the last year that your class will be together, so it’s important to make time with your friends.
Family: Realizing this could be your last year at home makes you appreciate them and all they’ve done for you a little extra.
Football: There’s so much to love about Friday night lights and the fact that our team is making history senior year makes it even better.
Classes: Taking a few more laid back classes has made this year feel a lot less stressful. Having free time to work on applications, hang out with friends, and focus on yourself has made everything feel a lot less overwhelming. If you can squeeze an aiding period, or an elective that you truly enjoy in your schedule senior year I highly recommend it!
I know it sounds cheesy, but you really need to take in every part of high school. Go to every game, participate, and have fun, because it goes by so fast!
PS) Be sure to come to the FIRST PLAYOFF GAME IN SCHOOL HISTORY for the Mohawks, Friday @ 7:30 at home! Be sure to purchase your pre-sale tickets for $8 Tuesday-Friday (8am-2:30pm) at the MJSHS Athletic Office or Wednesday and Thursday (5-7pm) in the field house community room.

Hey Mohawks! This weekend was super fun. Friday, I went to watch my teammate Madi Porter compete at state! It was so awesome to see her make it that far and I know the whole community is so proud of her. It was so cool to see how many of our students came out to support her! I also went to the football game, which was a real nail biter ;). From my understanding, we could be looking at a HOME playoff game, which would be so exciting. I’m so proud of our team and how hard they’ve worked this season. On Saturday, I went to my cousin’s wedding. It was so beautiful and I had a lot of fun! Sunday, I went to church and worked. It feels like this year is flying by! I can’t believe that it’s almost Halloween already. Hopefully this weekend I’ll get to go to a pumpkin patch or do something festive before it’s too late! Don’t forget to click the apple!

Hey Mohawks! 
Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit Ohio University. It was an awesome time and I absolutely LOVED the campus. I'm thinking it's definitely a top contender now. If you're an underclassmen, I recommend getting started on your visits a little early. That way you have plenty of time to consider your options! I have a visit to Miami Oxford planned for Oct. 28th so I can start narrowing down my number one. It's a little stressful, and bittersweet to think that college will be here so soon. So I'm trying to soak up everything that I can of senior year before it's gone! 

Hey Mohawks! It was another busy week for me. On Tuesday Mrs. Huff, Zach, and I went to Mr. Jackson’s farm to take pictures of the elementary school’s field trip. It was so awesome to get to see all of the younger generations of Mohawks having fun and getting an opportunity that they may not get otherwise. I think it’s so cool that we have a principal that opens up his home to his students and cares so much about them. Friday was the sectional tournament for the tennis team. My teammate Madi Porter advanced to districts so our team will all get to go watch her on Thursday at ATP. I’ve started doing makeup for special events as a way of earning money on the side. Saturday, I got to do three girls for homecoming. Also, this week in my psychology class with Mrs.Folz, we talked about meditation and the potential effects it can have on a person. We also discussed sleep patterns and dreaming. The idea of psychology and how our bodies and minds respond to things is a very interesting topic to me, so I thought I would share some of the things we discussed in class. Meditating gives your brain a chance to recharge, and in return can help reduce stress and anxiety, making you more efficient. I watched a ted talk on the topic that really helps to give a clearer picture of what meditating is. It’s linked below. When it comes to sleep, it is crucial to your body and it’s functions. Your body has four stages of sleep, N1, N2, N3, and REM. To wake up feeling refreshed, your body needs to go through a whole cycle. Mrs. Folz introduced us to the website “" . This website will calculate the best time for you to go to sleep based on when you will be in between cycles. I think that making sure your brain is healthy plays a key role in your overall happiness. I encourage you to try out meditating or the sleep cycle website and see if it’s something you find helpful and want to implement into your everyday routine!

Hey Mohawks!! It’s been a crazy and eventful week. From hallway decorating, (which the seniors totally should have won btw), spirit week, SWBL championships, powder puff games, the pep rally, senior night, student council workday, the football game, and homecoming, this week was probably the busiest of the year. It feels like it all went by so fast, but I couldn’t be more grateful for such an awesome family, friend group, and community. On Monday, I played my last high school tennis match on my home courts. It was such a bittersweet moment, but I feel so lucky to have been a part of the tennis team all four years of high school and to have gotten the opportunity to make so many memories. Tuesday was the annual SWBL championship tournament, and although things didn’t go as I’d hoped, I still placed 3rd. Thursday was the homecoming parade and powder puff games. Our senior class continued our losing streak… seriously guys, we never won a game. Friday was the homecoming game and my bestie won queen! On Saturday, my group went to Bullwinkles, went to the dance, and then watched scary movies after. My last homecoming was definitely one for the books!!
homecoming collage
Homecoming week is officially upon us ladies and gentlemen!! And I can’t contain my excitement. There’s so many fun things to look forward to, so here’s an overview of the next week!
Sunday 9/24 - Spirit Hallway Decorating 1:00-3:00 pm 
Monday 9/25 - Homecoming tickets go on sale, get them before the dance. It’s cheaper!
Wacky Socks and Hat Day
Tuesday 9/26 - Team Spirit Day: Wear your favorite jersey!
Wednesday 9/27 - America Day
Homecoming Permission Slips due today!
Thursday 9/28 - Crazy/Powderpuff Shirt Day
Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally 6:00-7:00 pm
Powder Puff Games 7:00 pm
Friday 9/29 - Pep Rally at school!
Court Pictures - 5:30 pm
Pre-Game Line-up - 5:45 pm
Pre-game (Homecoming Court/Band around Track) - 6:00 pm
Crowning of Homecoming King/Queen - 6:30 pm
Game - 7:00 pm Bring your Mohawk spirit!!
Saturday 9/30 - Homecoming Dance 8:00-11:00 pm
Enjoy some throwbacks from last years hoco!

Accomplishing Your Goals: 4 Tips for Getting Things Done!

Since we’re well into the swing of school, I’m sure many of your classes are starting to get tough. I’ve decided to write this week’s blog to give you a few tips to help you accomplish your goals!
4 Tips for Getting Things Done!
1. Make a list! One of the most helpful things for me when it comes to being productive is writing down my tasks and goals. I find that when I write them down, I feel more organized and can keep deadlines, progress, etc. straight. And did you know you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals, simply by writing them down on a regular basis?
2. Start Early. No, this doesn’t mean you have to begin working on your project the moment the teacher hands out your assignment. But at least start thinking about it! Give yourself time to brain storm about whatever your task may be. This way, when it comes time to start, you’ll have some ideas to begin with. This will also make things easier because you’ll be able to build upon what you already have, rather than starting completely from scratch.
3. Don’t Procrastinate… or Do. If you’re someone who gets completely overwhelmed under pressure, then allow yourself enough time to reach your goal at your own pace. Make a plan that will help you with managing your time. Or if you’re someone like me, who waits until the last minute to start their projects. That’s okay too. I feel like a lot of the time, I work best under pressure. The key to procrastinating is focusing on the task completely. Give all of your concentration, and put your best effort forth. Whichever is your method, knowing your strengths and your weaknesses and using them to your advantage will help you to reach your goals.
4. Reward yourself. Give yourself incentive to complete your assignments. This will make you more likely to reach your goals.

Hey Mohawks! It’s been an eventful week! I’ve been super busy with tennis, as we’ve had a lot of matches, and have been preparing for our tournament at Edgewood tomorrow. At school I’ve been busy with NHS and Student Council preparing for a lot of exciting events. I wanted to take this opportunity to remind our students that NHS is running a hat day at the high school next week, September 11-15, to raise funds to provide a donation for hurricane Harvey and Irma relief. Just a dollar allows you to wear your favorite hat for the day! Even if you don’t want to wear a hat, you can still make a donation for the cause! Student Council also had our first meeting to discuss homecoming plans.. so get excited!! I can’t wait to see how everything turns out. Football season, AKA the best season is in full swing here at Madison. Today we had a pep assembly to get everyone pumped for the big game. Tonight was MYAA night, it was so cool to get to see all the future generations of Madison! I know it’s hard coming off of a loss, but our boys gave it their all. And we still have a chance of making it to the playoffs and being the first team to do so in MADISON HISTORY! So stay hopeful mohawks!! So far, senior year has been treating me SO good. I’m feeling so excited to see what the rest of the year holds and for all the events we have coming up, especially homecoming. My advice to all of the underclassmen this year is to live it up. Play powderpuff, go to the parade, dance with your friends, have fun, take it all in!! Because before you know it you’ll be a senior wishing you could get that time back. Catch ya next Friday! Click that apple!!!