Weekly Round Up 9/5/16


At Ballard High School, our mission is to maximize every minute with our students to provide them high level, responsive, engaging instruction in a safe, student-centered environment where all are treated with dignity and kindness.

It’s HOMECOMING WEEK!  Get in the spirit and demonstrate your pride in being a Ballard Bruin!  If you want to dress up like the kids for Spirit Days, Tuesday is Pajama Day, Wednesday is Disney Day, Thursday is Jersey Day, and Friday is School Colors Day.

Remember, we’ll have a pep rally at the end of the day Friday in the football stadium.  We will send out the details for that later in the week.  We will be on a modified schedule Friday:

1st period: 7:40-8:25

2nd period: 8:29-9:14

3rd period: 9:18-10:03

4th period: 10:07-10:52

5th period: 10:56-12:04

                Lunch 1: 10:56-11:16 (tardy bell 11:20)

                Lunch 2: (bell to transition to lunch 11:16) 11:20-11:40 (tardy bell 11:44)

                Lunch 3: (bell to transition to lunch 11:40) 11:44-12:04

6th period: 12:08-12:51

7th period: 12:55-1:40



images (1) This article has examples of some quick but engaging ways to start and end class with students.

images (1) If you are seeking ways to incorporate student use of technology in your lessons, here are some ways to use QR codes for assignments and extensions.

Power of Positivity

From Jon Gordon:

How to Find Happiness at Work


Zappos believes in delivering it.

Coke wants you to open it.

Countless books try to help you achieve it.

Research demonstrates that you are more productive with it.

And yet the truth is that so few people feel it at work.


Is it because leaders don’t create “happy” workplaces?

Is it because work is inherently miserable?

Or perhaps it’s because of our attitudes about work?

There’s really no definitive answer here.

A negative boss, bad working conditions and a toxic culture can certainly make people unhappy. I’ve also seen how leaders can create happier and more productive employees by creating the right culture and work environment. However, I believe the biggest determinant of our happiness at work is… us.

Our happiness has less to do with forces outside of us and more to do with what’s inside of us.

Happiness is an inside job.

Our happiness comes not from the work we do but from how we feel about the work we do. And to feel great about the work we do it’s essential to fuel up with passion and purpose.

When you work with passion and purpose you don’t have to seek happiness, rather it finds you.


√ We are now over halfway through the first grading period.  It is imperative – and required by contract – that you have grades updated in Infinite Campus by this point. Students and parents deserve a fair understanding of their progress, and it is my expectation that grades are up-to-date and accessible at a minimum every 3 weeks.

√ Thank you to all who participated in Open House last week.  We received lots of “thank yous” and words of appreciation from parents – they truly enjoyed getting to meet you and learn your procedures, expectations, and personalities.


Happy Birthday in September to: Michelle Miller (4th), Kim Barber (9th), Mark Catlett (9th), Gladys Akrong (10th), Kerri Dixon (13th), Terri Sgro (15th), Chris Ann Cherry (19th), Lesli Poynter (19th), Alissa Hebermehl (21st), Annie Katzman (23rd), Elle Bond (25th), Myra Collins (28th), Natalie Waddell (30th)!



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