Weekly Round Up 1/22/17


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.

I hope everyone is staying healthy so far this winter. There are lots of nasty viruses going around, so keep washing your hands and drinking your OJ!

February will be a busy month for us. During that time we have to complete PGES peer observations; Comprehensive School Surveys for students, staff, and parents; scheduling for next year; ACT preparations; ILPs; and more. Oh yeah, and teach our students!!! This time of year it is easy to get distracted because so many distractions are thrown at us, but let’s vow to keep reminding each other to step back from the to-do lists and remember to focus on our students and their growth. I need those reminders too, especially during this time of year.

One of the things coming up will be budget plans for next year. The good news is that there are not supposed to be any new cuts to our budgets. The bad news is that we will not get back what we lost last year. I have not gotten our specific information yet – that will come in February – but we will convene a Budget Committee to meet next month. If you are interested in serving on the Budget Committee, please shoot me an e-mail expressing your interest. There are some of you out there in leadership programs, and this could be a relevant experience for you.


images (1) This article has some interesting information on education trends for 2017. It is mostly focus on educational technology trends, but in reading about them, there are instructional implications and reflections on where teaching and learning may be headed.

images (1) Here is an article about how a school in London is developing oracy/public speaking skills in students. There are some activity ideas as well as a framework for teaching and evaluating student oracy. We often have students do presentations in classes, and speaking skills are part of our literacy standards for all subjects, but there might be some ideas in here for you for speaking models, writing skills, and self-evaluation.

Power of Positivity

These 2 articles discuss how professionals can find ways to find meaning and purpose in their work:

People Want to See Meaning in Their Work

Seeing the Meaning in Our Work, Part 2



BIG congratulations to Chris Renner, who achieved his 500th win as Ballard Basketball Coach over the winter break. He was presented a trophy this past week to recognize this impressive accomplishment.

√ We have 3 staff members retiring this month, and that is coming up quickly! Please join me in congratulating, acknowledging, and thanking Chris Goodwin, Yvonne Riggs, and Ann Thiemann for all they have contributed to the students and staff of Ballard during their time here. We know they are excited about new opportunities, but I hope they will remember…Once a Bruin, Always a Bruin!

Please stop by the Counseling Suite conference room Tuesday afternoon to give Yvonne a Ballard send-off. Also, there will be a reception in room E254 after school this Wednesday to celebrate Chris and Ann.


Happy Birthday in January to: Teresa Baldwin (4th), Ann Thiemann (7th), Tracy Anderson (10th), Teresa Hinkle-Jones (10th), Vita Ohlmann (14th), Emily Forrester (18th), Geoff Lamb (22nd), Mark Gividen (23rd), and Pam Brakmeier (25th)!



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