• Josiah Payne

Hello Parents,

  We are already into second quarter.  Can you believe it? I wanted to reach out and first say thank you.  This is a crazy time and I know you all have much going on in your lives. I really do appreciate your willingness to check out this blog and remain engaged in what we are doing.  Also, thanks to those of you who have reached with concerns about your students. I am doing everything I can for them and it helps when you can tell me things you see that maybe I can't because I am not with them. Y'all the real MVPs! One way the Resident Student Leaders & RCs could use your help is through parent donations. In the past, parents have donated items to help the hall run smoothly and make programming better.  This year, we have found that students would really appreciate prizes at social programs and contest based programming.  If you would be willing to donate any of the following items for future programming, it would really help.  We understand in 1504 that Covid and other circumstances may not leave you able to donate items.  This is not an expectation, but it would benefit us greatly.  When a student wins an Item, we will mail it to them.  I have added a list below and have also linked an AMAZON Wish List.

  • Candy Bars or bags of Candy

  • Gift Cards (Steam, Subway, and Amazon have been some suggestions) 

  • Note Pads

  • Arts and Crafts Stuff - Advanced Coloring Books; Colored Pencils Crayons

  • A Small Lego Set

  • Rubiks Cube and other like items (4x4, Xcube)

  • Card Games (Uno, Phase 10, Deck of Playing Cards)

  • Hot Wheels Cars

  • Post It Notes and Highlighters

  • Other Items you know your student and their friends may like.  

If you are able and willing to donate, please ship items to the following address.   RC Josiah Payne 1500 Sullivan Rd Aurora, IL 60506 Again, anything can do would be of great help to us.  If you do donate and ship us a package, please shoot me an email so I know to watch for it..   Thank You! -- Josiah

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  • Josiah Payne

Hello There!

Election Day is one week from today. The students will have the day off (and so will I, yay!) as we mark this incredibly important day for our nation. I encourage everyone to exercise their right and perform their duty as American citizens and vote. Wether you vote early, by mail, or in person, on the day itself, let your voice be heard in this election.

In this Thursday's programming we will be discussing the concept of 'Privilege'. Students will explore the privileges they enjoy, those they do not, and how they can use their privilages to benefit those who may not share the same advantages.

The juniors have been assigned to watch the film "I Am Not Your Negro" in preparation for next week's discussion of race, diversity, and inclusion and what those concepts look like in our school and our nation.

This Saturday is Halloween and, while we aren't able to host our annual campus-wide party this year, we can still cellebrate. RC John is holding a contest for 1504 students to see who can guess the costumes of the three 04 RCs based on a series of clues. There will be prizes! Additionally, CAB is hosting an all school costume contest and IMSA's Irish American Society is having a pumpkin decorating event.

That's all I got.

Until next time, Happy Halloween and don't forget to vote!


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  • Josiah Payne

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your October.

I didn't get a chance to post last week but, I wanted to share some things from our Thursday wing program with you. We had some conversations around positive self image, self forgiveness, and resiliance. We discussed some of the common roadblocks to to positive self image that IMSA students face, such as perfectionism, pressure to perform academically, and over-involvement in clubs and activities. These things can conjure feelings of exhaustion, anxiety, and inadequacy, and failure in students. We talked about strategies for combatting these feelings. Strategies like setting attainable goals and reasonable involvement limits, learning to say 'no', positive self talk, and forgiving ourselves when we feel we've failed. The students' responses to some of our discussion prompts can be viewed in the word cloud images below.

This week we will continue our discussion as we talk about developing resiliance in the face of rejection, a concept the sophomores began exploring yesterday in Navigation.

For this week's optional program, my fellow 1504 RC, Ethan Castro, will be streaming the the final Presidential Debate between President Donald Trump and challenger and former VP Joe Biden for the 1504 students on our hall discord server.

That's all for now. I'm out!


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