The FISH Philosophy includes four easy, interconnected principles:

    BE THERE is being emotionally present for people. It’s a powerfulmessage of respect that improves communication and strengthen srelationships.  In first grade when I ask my students to 'be there' for me this means I expect active listeners.  If a students is 'being there'for me, they are giving me five things: eyes looking, ears listening, voices off, and hands and feet are still.

    PLAY taps into your natural way of being creative, enthusiastic and having fun. Play is the spirit that drives the curious mind, as in “Let’s playwith that idea!” It’s a mindset you can bring to everything you do.

    MAKE THEIR DAY is finding simple ways to serve or delight people in a meaningful, memorable way. It’s about contributing to someone else’s life, not because you want something out of it, but because that’s the person you want to be. 

    CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDE means taking responsibility for how you respond to what life throws at you. Once you are aware that your choice impacts everyone around you, you can ask yourself, “Is my attitude helping my friends, peers, or teacher? Is it helping me to be the person I want to be?”


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    Thelonger I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on my life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break acompany, a church, a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.  I am convinced that life is 10% what happens tome and 90% how I react to it.  And so it is with you.  We are incharge of our attitudes.

                                     ---Charles Swindell