Weekly Round Up 3/5/17


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.

We only have 4 weeks until Spring Break. That means it is “crunch time”! Our focus over these next 4 weeks should be maximizing every minute for kids in preparation for end of the year assessments.

Our Juniors will take the ACT on March 21. This exam will determine if our students are meeting college-readiness benchmarks. Teachers of Juniors – how will you make the most of your time with 11th graders to prepare them to do their best?

We have 6 weeks of instruction before End-of-Course exams. What do we need to do to fill learning gaps, reinforce previously learned content, and build confidence in our students taking these exams? 

Advanced Placement testing begins May 1, with 7 weeks of instruction available. What do our students need in that time to maximize their potential to endure those challenging exams and potentially earn college credit?

I know our teachers are working incredibly hard to prepare students for these culminating tests of learning. Let’s spend these next few weeks encouraging and building up our students and our colleagues!


images (1) This article recommends ways to make classrooms more “wow-worthy” and student-centered. Some of the ideas might not work, but others may spark some fun ideas. You may come up with ideas of things to include on your classroom wish list for next year!

images (1) Here is another take on creative learning spaces.


Power of Positivity

I suggest reading this blog post on Edutopia – Assuming Positive Intent – as a way to frame conversations, problem solving, and even disagreements with colleagues.

The writer states, “Assumption of positive intent is a choice to believe that, at our core, most people want the same things that we want for our students.” As we work through what we need to do for our students and move Ballard forward, this is a positive mindset to allow us to make good decisions.



√ This summer, the district is holding a large-scale professional development opportunity for all teachers. It is called the Deeper Learning Symposium and will be June 7, 8, 9 at the KY Exposition Center. I recommend this as a chance to network with colleagues in other schools and learn about ways to enhance student learning in specific contents.

√ There will also be a Classified Professional Learning Institute for classified instructional personnel on June 5 and 6. The times and location are TBD.

√ Congratulations to students Josh Zaczek, Haseeb Tariq, and Mason Scott for competing in The Rotary Club’s scholarship speech competition. Our own Josh Zaczek won the whole competition and will be awarded a scholarship!

√ Please see Ronda Field’s e-mail about the outstanding efforts of our students in the Louisville Regional Science Fair. As she states, Ballard was selected as the Best in Show High School for the 14th year in a row! What an impressive testament to the hard work and ingenuity of our students and Science Department!!

√ Congratulations to Coach Renner and the boys basketball team on a great win over Trinity last week. It would be great to see EVERYONE come out and support the team Monday at 7:00 at Valley as they go up against CAL for the Region 7 Championship and the chance to advance to the state tournament. Go Bruins!


Happy Birthday in March to: Michael Hale (1st), Shaniece Bridwell (5th), Jana Cummings (7th), Jesse Whitt (7th), Tami Slaughter (10th), Mike Jackson (11th), Adam Hartigan (15th), Raquel Miller (17th), Ray Yaksic (19th), Laura Younkin (19th), Eva Rouse (24th), Sandy Ramsey (29th), Scott McDonald (30th)!


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