Gratitude Journal

Gratitude Journal

Hi everyone,

The last couple of weeks have been strange. Not having school and then having AP exams, I feel like I haven’t been to work in two weeks. And I have to be honest, with so little of school left, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to “return to work” with a smile on my face. However, this morning, it wasn’t so bad. I even forgot about all my complaining during the weekend.

Yesterday, I read an article about “venting”, which is what we usually do when we are upset. The article explained that venting actually makes you angrier. I think the same could be said about complaining, it has a complete negative effect on us. At the end of the day, we are going to do what we are supposed to do, and we better to it with the right disposition, or we are going to waste our time. This is how I feel about today, the right disposition is helping me write this journal, is helping me complete my last STUCO responsibilities, and is helping me remember about all the things I still want to do or help with, this school year. I’m grateful my morning has been easy going and has helped me get into the flow of things with ease. I’m grateful I get to change my disposition, and have a positive attitude. I know our environment influences how we feel, so right now, my environment is helping my feel just right.

Needless to say, I am thinking about the upcoming summer break, but I came across a quote that is not only perfect for the last STUCO bulletin board of the year, they are also the exact words I need to keep in mind for the next three weeks: “don’t count the days, make the days count” I want to share it with you, because I know some of you are ready to leave, but some of you need these last three weeks to reach your goals. A countdown is not enough motivation to keep going, we need meaning in what we do and need to do. Find your meaning, make the days count! I have mine, and I’m grateful I get to share my meaning every day.

Have an awesome week, remember I’m here for you,

Ms. Gaby Di Muro


Goodbye STUCO!

Goodbye STUCO!

Dear STUCO members,

I want to thank everyone for taking this job, because that is what it is (and what it will be next year for those of you who are coming back), a job. Like any job, for some of you, it was awesome, and some of you wanted to quit, at least once. I want to thank you for not quitting, and for enjoying this job as much as you did.

I want to congratulate you. When I took the job, I had the responsibility to update STUCO, and thanks to everything we did, I think we were able to do it. Events like game night, adopt a book, donating money, our bulletin boards, hosting a stress free picnic, which was one of my favorites, career day, another favorite and the senior breakfast made this STUCO memorable, made YOUR student council memorable.

I would like to share with you some of the best feedback I got about STUCO this year: “this year, I can tell STUCO actually cares” I think this is great feedback because, on a very personal level, that was always my goal, for us to care. I would like for you to learn from this experience that you can reach whatever goal you want to reach if you care about what you are doing, don’t do things just because you have to. I want you to learn from STUCO that when you do something with intention, you will always get the best results.

Know your intentions are contagious. As the leaders you decided to be this year, no matter how small your role was, and as the leaders I hope you become, know that your emotions and your actions have a strong influence on the people around you. Because your emotions and your actions show your intentions, they show that you care.

Please guys, never stop caring about the things you do, because we need more people who care.

Finally, remember, how much I care about you, how memorable you all made this year for me, and know that I will always be here for you. Congratulations to everyone, seniors we, I will miss you, and next year members; I will be even more annoying.

Thank you for everything, happy summer break!

Ms. Di Muro

Gratitude Journal

Gratitude Journal

Hi everyone,

This week was a little bit emotional. Saying goodbye to the seniors gets harder every year. Seniors, you have no idea how much I’m going to miss you, thank you for letting me part of your senior year, for asking for my help and for sharing all your celebrations with me. I will always remember the class of 2018.

Not only do I have to say goodbye to the seniors, STUCO is also coming to an end. Next week, I think I’ll cry everyday. I have a special post prepared for STUCO, because this year was AMAZING. Thank you for everything guys.

Besides all the crying, and the crying to come, I got a lot of things done. During the unexpected break, I got to clear my mind, visit my family and recharge for the last month of the school year. You might not know this, but the last month of the year is CRAZY for teachers, so this boost of energy is welcomed!

As always, I need to be thankful for my friends/coworkers. I’ve noticed, more than ever, how much they keep me sane (because the students drive me crazy, JKJKJK)

I also want to say, how thankful I am for therapy. It has never been easy for me to open up to people, unlike popular beliefs, and going to therapy helps me deal with my emotions, my thoughts and my needs. We don’t need to be crazy to go to therapy, everyone needs support, and that is what therapy is.

A lot of emotions, in the weeks to follow, and a lot of work, so thankful we can share this time together!

See you around,

Ms. Gaby Di Muro



Even though NHS is a very demanding organization, I believe every single one of you could participate in it if you wanted to. Why? Because inside of us, we all have leadership qualities, you just have to learn how to develop them.

And it’s not easy to develop this quality with our current outside factors. With such a tumultuous situation going us outside of our safety walls of our school and home, we can’t help but feel drowned by the silent tension and feeling of dread every time we hear news about our country.

Yet it’s ok. It’s normal to feel this way. I myself feel it to. I feel like there are times where there is no light at the end of the tunnel. That no matter what we do, it’s all to no avail at the end. And it’s hard to feel like this, especially since I’m the president of an organization that is supposed to embody everything except those feelings.

Nevertheless, I do not see this as a bad thing. I see it as a challenge, as an opportunity to push and better myself as a person and as a member of my community. And it is leadership what makes me push through these feelings of uncertainty and doubt. We would have never thought that the economic situation would get where it is today, yet we still pushed through and we’re able to deliver what we promised, because if we didn’t, we wouldn’t have been the leaders we promised we were going to be.

Instead of giving you an example of a famous leader that most of us don’t have even know who they are, why don’t I give you an example of a person that we all know? Let’s take into account one of our most unnoticed leaders, Mr. Portillo.  He’s a leader not because he is doing his job, but instead because he actually cares and wants to lead students to becoming well-rounded people of character. All the times that he has scolded you on the hallways, it’s a way of showing that he cares. A leader is someone who cares about you, who wants to show you a path that will lead you to success. We all care about people and I guess that what I’m trying to say is that at the end we all have a capacity for leadership, even if it’s in the simplest way possible, it still counts.

Leadership is a practice of individual discipline. What this means is that leadership is trusting yourself and having others trust you to go guide them to a place of prosperity and excellence. You guys trust Mr. Portillo to tell you the right thing to do, even if you don’t want to admit it.

At the end, what we want is for everyone to use the little bit of leadership they have integrated into them and take advantage of it. It can be doing trivial things, such as staying behind to push some chairs into the table or being the first to raise your hand when the teacher asks for help. I believe that teamwork is a force that cannot be reckoned with, and if we all pitch in with a little bit of our leadership, then we can change what we want to, together.


A.S, NHS president 2017-2018