Starting a new year, new schedules in School District 300 (Sun-Times Media)

by Emily McFarlan Miller

ALGONQUIN — Take time to laugh. Take time to think. Take time to feel.

And lower your expectations. Although that probably doesn’t mean what you think it means.

Those were the messages delivered by heavily tattooed motivational speaker Jeff Yalden, who has been a coach on the MTV show “Made,” to students during an all-school assembly Monday at Jacobs High School.

“Our expectations are too high. What if we go through life and we go through the year and we lower our expectations and focus on the objective?” Yalden said.

“If you do that, you can take control of your life, you can take control of your attitude, you can take control of your choices.”

That assembly came on the first day of the 2012-13 school year, as Jacobs set its objective — the same three points of “Eagle Pride” it stresses every year, according to Associate Principal Bo Vossel: “Be respectful. Be responsible. Be ready.”

It also came as Community Unit School District 300 remakes the schedule this school year for its three high schools, which also include Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville and Hampshire High School in Hampshire.

For the rest of the story, read Starting a new year, new schedules in School District 300 (Sun-Times Media).

For some of students’ personal objectives and Superintendent Michael Bregy’s objectives for the Carpentersville-area school district, read Students, staff share some goals for new school year (Sun-Times Media).

Photo credit: Michael Smart for Sun-Times Media.