Weekly Round Up 10/16/16


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.

We are at a turning point in our state with big changes coming this next year to the accountability system and to where we spend our time and effort for students.  We are also getting ready to see some changes in our district to the programs schools can offer and the ways schools can redefine themselves in order to best meet the needs of their students.  We are going to have some opportunities to do innovative things to reach all of our students and connect them to their futures, and if we do not take advantage of these opportunities early on, we run the risk of being stagnant while other schools continue to pass us by academically.

This Tuesday, during PLC time, I am going to come talk to groups of you to explain these opportunities and to get your questions so that we get all of the information we need to be able to move forward with innovation.


images (1) I am only going to share one article with you this week because I would really love for you to take time to read and digest it and discuss with your PLC.  It is called Every Lesson Needs a Storyline.  It explains how lessons can move from an emphasis on a variety of activities, meant to keep students busy, to a focus on coherence and scaffolded, challenging work.  At the end, there are questions a PLC can ask to guide you to developing such lessons for your students.

Power of Positivity

From Jon Gordon:

Super Human

When Superman took off his Superman outfit who was he?

When I ask audiences this question most people say Clark Kent but the answer is, he was still Superman. It didn’t matter what clothes he was wearing. He was still Superman on the inside. His strength came not from the uniform he wore but from the power within.

The same goes for you and me.

Your power does not come from your job, uniform, career, status, circumstance, fame or label people give you. Your power comes from your heart, soul, spirit, passion and love that exists inside you and you are more powerful than you think.

You are not just human. You are super human.

If you don’t feel powerful it’s because you have come to believe the illusion and lie that outside circumstances have power over you. You have forgotten the truth that you create your world from the inside-out.

You don’t realize the power you possess. It’s as if you have been given the power of superman or wonderwoman but are living the life of Clark Kent or Diana Prince instead.

But deep down you know the truth. It’s why these words resonate with you. It’s why so many love super hero movies. You know you were made for more and there is more within you.

You have been given super human power and you are meant to use it. Not just to create your life but also to help others.

Like all super heroes you have been given the greatest power in the universe. The power to make a difference in the life of another human being. You were made with a super power to empower others.

You don’t need a special suit, a title or a super hero name. You just need to tap into the love, spirit, passion, soul and purpose inside you to create your life and a better world today.

No cape required!


√ On Monday we welcome new staff member Beverly Chavez to the South Office.  She is a great addition – please stop by and say hello to her!

√ We also welcome Sign Language interpreter Michelle Armstrong to our staff.

√ On Friday, it was quick and easy for me to text you all information during the disruption to 5th period using the Remind app.  If you have not yet joined the BHS Staff group, please do the following:

Text this message – @86d92f – to this number – 81010.

√ Many of you may not know the great work Paul Holien is doing through co-op with several of our ECE students.  He has reached out and coordinated with other programs so that some of our students who struggle in school and had no plans for after graduation now have good jobs at UPS.  He had to coordinate their transportation from Ballard and to home after work; he helped them get bank accounts for paycheck deposits; and he has guided them through interviews and training in order to get and keep these good jobs. Well done, Paul!

√ Congratulations to freshman Brandon Greenwald (son of Beth Greenwald), who was cast in Stage One’s production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.


Happy Birthday in October to: Glenda Jones (1st), Dave “Sarge” Hill (2nd), Greg Willis (7th), Suzanne Taylor (11th), Kathy Cail (16th), Sarah McClanahan (20th), Chris Osters (23rd), Terrie Gupton (25th), Todd Howard (26th), Vicki Conley (29th), Mariana Tackett (29th), John Bunting (31st), and Naresh Keswani (31st)!



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