Weekly Round Up 4/24/17

 

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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 quickly winding the year, and there is a lot to fit into a short amount of time, but working together, we can do it!

Here is a bulleted list of dates and events:

  • April 25-28: End-of Course exams
  • April 27: PTSA Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, counseling suite, 5th period
  • April 27: Girls Lacrosse Senior Night, 7:00 pm
  • April 27: Boys Lacrosse Senior Night, 7:30 pm
  • April 28: 9th grade college field trip
  • April 29: Senior Prom, 9:00 pm – 12:00 am, The Olmstead
  • May 1-12: AP exams
  • May 4: Unified Basketball Senior Night, large gym, 3:15 pm
  • May 5: Flexible PD Day – no school – except for AP exams… 🙂
  • May 8: On-Demand Writing exam – 11th grade only
  • The 10th grade On-Demand Writing exam scheduled for May 9 has been cancelled by the state.
  • May 10: Softball Senior Night, 6:00 pm (subject to change)
  • May 11: Senior Belle Ride, 6:00-9:00 pm
  • May 16: Baseball Senior Night, 5:00 pm (time subject to change)
  • May 17: Senior Awards Ceremony, FAC, 6:30 pm
  • May 18: Senior Finals
  • May 19: Senior failures due to counselors by 8:00 am
  • May 19: Senior trip to KY Kingdom
  • May 22: Senior Breakfast & Walk (time TBD)
  • May 22-24: Underclassman final exams (schedule below)
  • May 23: Graduation practice, large gym, 9:00 am
  • May 24: Graduation practice, Freedom Hall, 10:00 am
  • May 25: Graduation, Freedom Hall, 9:00 am
  • May 25: Teachers’ last day – we are working on planning a luncheon after graduation

Also, I know many of you are anxious to know how you are impacted by any changes for next year, and we want to be able to tell you what we can before we get to the end of the year. After we get through this week, with EOCs and teacher summative evaluations, then we will start working on classrooms and spaces. We are moving forward with plans for a full Freshman Academy, and the classroom changes will be associated with establishing that academy, not any of the other future academies.

Also, we are still in the process of students entering requests for next year. That affects teaching assignments, so that information will not be available until closer to the end of the year.

***If you are a teacher who was requested to enter student course assignments for next year, please get those in ASAP. We have many still missing, and we cannot complete student scheduling without your information. The departments doing this are: English, math, science, social studies, broadcasting, graphic design, and fine arts.

Schedule for Final Exams

Monday, May 22

First period: 7:40-8:18

Second period 8:22-9:00

Third period 9:04-9:42

Fourth period 9:46-10:24

Fifth period 10:28-11:04

Sixth period 11:08-12:16

Seventh period 12:20-2:20 (exam)

Tuesday, May 23

First period: 7:40-7:50 (Attendance)

Fourth period: 7:54-9:50

Fifth period: 9:55-12:15

Sixth period: 12:20-2:20

Wednesday, May 24

First period: 7:40-9:50 (Extra time for attendance)

Second period: 9:55-12:15

Third period: 12:20-2:20


Power of Positivity

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Summer Professional Development Opportunities

We will not be having a 2-day workshop this summer, as we did the past 2 summers. The reason is because there are several trainings offered in the district that teachers can – and will want to – take advantage of, so I encourage participation in those. Departments will still have the opportunity to hold a 1-day summer PD meeting.

 

√ 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.

√ The Classified Summer Institute will be held on June 12 – 13, 2017, at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.  Informational brochures will be sent to schools in May.  Registration will be open for employees on pdCentral  the first week in May. 

√ We will be sending a team of 5 to Project-Based Learning training put on by the Buck Institute. I’m told it will be in July, and they are supposed to get the dates to us this week. If you are interested in attending that, please let me know! Buck Institute are the gurus of PBL.


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Happy Birthday in April to: Susan Davis (1st); Andrew Tullbane (4th); Jay Crocker (5th); Patty Bradford (9th); Erica Grossberg (10th); Loretta Roscoe (12th); Kellea Charleston (17th); Michelle McKelvy (19th); Flannery Musk (21st); April Person (26th); April Davis (29th); Carl White (29th); and Donna Evans (30th)!

Happy Birthday in May to: Erik Ransom (9th); Emily Lomax (15th); Vicky Gapen (18th); Emily David (21st); Barbara Staley (25th); and Elizabeth Clements (29th)!
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Weekly Round Up 3/20/17

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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.


Last week was very exciting for our students and staff. I want to congratulate Coach Renner on leading the team to the state tournament and providing an opportunity for us all to come together and celebrate being Bruins.

I also want to sincerely thank the staff members who participated in our big trip to Lexington last Thursday. Thank you to our staff members who sold tickets, collected permission slips, and organized bus lists, making everything run so smoothly. Thank you to the teachers and staff members who rode the school buses and chaperoned students. Thank you to those who stayed back at school and supervised our students who were here. It was a team effort, and I appreciate everyone for coming together to make lasting memories for our kids.


Please remember to complete 2 very important surveys.

Teachers/certified staff are requested to complete the TELL Survey – https://tellkentucky.org/. You received a code that you must enter in order to enter the survey. That code is not specific to you, so if you need a new one, you can contact Susan Davis. Our response rate is only 15% right now, please take a few moments to fill this out by March 31. We don’t have any after school meetings next Tuesday, so that might be a good time to do it.

Also, we have the JCPS Comprehensive Schools Survey open. You have until this Friday to complete that. The links to the CSS are:

School Based Certified: http://tinyurl.com/jcpsSbCertified1617
School Based Classified: http://tinyurl.com/jcpsSbClassified1617


PGES & KY FRAMEWORK FOR TEACHING

images (1) Here are many different kinds of ways to assess student understanding. Some are quick things to do at the end of class, and others will take more time and work by students.

images (1) I really like this article – it reminds us of the importance of coming to closure at the end of a lesson and offers several activities to do for closure.


Power of Positivity

From Jon Gordon:

Zoom Focus

“Vision without Execution is hallucination.”

– Einstein

I believe every one of us has a desire to accomplish great things, to do something meaningful, to have an impact. Yet, so many of us don’t take the actions necessary to create the success we desire. Then there are others who are very busy taking actions but the actions have nothing to do with their vision and goals. They’ve become lost in the busyness of life.

In my work with sports teams, businesses and organizations I have found that the key to individual and team success is to Zoom Focus. Zoom Focus helps you turn ideas and goals into reality and results. Zoom Focus helps you focus on your priorities, execute, and create success. Zoom Focus helps you take daily steps towards your big picture vision.

Now more than ever it is a time for action. It is a time for getting things done. It is a time to tune out the distractions and the noise from the doomsdayers and the naysayers and focus on what truly matters and what truly will help us create success. In this spirit here are a few ways to put Zoom Focus to work for you and your team.

Create your Big Picture Vision – This might be a goal or a dream. It might be a project that needs to be completed or a sale you are trying to close. It might be a company objective or a team mission. It might be a book you want to write, an initiative to improve your community, or a championship you want to win. Identify your vision and then you’ll be ready to Zoom Focus and take the necessary actions to get you there.

Ask One Question – Each day when you wake up in the morning ask the question, “What are the three most important things I need to do today that will help me create the success I desire?” Then each day take action on those three things.

Tune out the Distractions – Turn off the television. Stop answering the phone. Don’t answer email right now. Talk to your friend later. First, get things done. Execute, accomplish and then feel free to embrace the distractions.

Say No and Yes – My friend once told me, “If the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.” He reminded me that we need to stop scattering our energy and wasting our time on trivial things that have nothing to do with our vision and goals and start saying yes to our priorities and to what truly matters. Each day we must make choices and those choices including saying “no” to people and opportunities so we can say “yes” to the work we are meant to do and the success we are meant to create.

Focus on Daily Improvement – I see it in sports all the time. Teams focus too much on winning the championship and forget to Zoom Focus each day in practice. They are outcome focused not process focused. The key is to focus on improving each day and take the necessary action steps. If you incrementally improve each day, each week, each month, each quarter, by the end of the year you’ll see remarkable results and growth. When you Zoom Focus on the process the outcome takes care of itself.


NEWS & UPDATES

√ Congratulations to Mary Eschels on being selected for a Hilliard Lyons Teacher Excellence Award! She will be honored at a dinner and ceremony in May.

√ Last week we welcomed new ECE teacher Amber McCoy. She is doing a great job jumping right in with our students.

√ We have selected a new counselor to replace Phil Johnston. His name is Nik Heberlein (yes, we now have a Hebermehl and a Heberlein in the counseling office), coming from Olmstead North. The committee was impressed with his passion, commitment to students, and creative ideas for programming. He officially starts next week, but between trainings and transitioning, you may not actually see him here full-time until after spring break.

√ Congratulations to the Ballard Debate Team and coach Daniel Grossberg for an outstanding performance this weekend. The individual 2-person teams did very well, and Ballard was the third highest ranked Debate Program Overall in the state and the highest ranked Public Forum Debate Program Overall in the state!

√ 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.


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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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Weekly Round Up 3/5/17

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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!


PGES & KY FRAMEWORK FOR TEACHING

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.

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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.

 


NEWS & UPDATES

√ 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!


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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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Weekly Round Up 2/19/17

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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.


For the first time in years, it looks like we will not have to worry about make-up days from snow, so we will actually have our Parent-Teacher conferences during a work day (thank goodness none of those long days with afternoon/evening conferences!). That day is February 27, a week from Monday. We will be available for parents 7:30-11:00 am and 12:00-2:30 pm. The timing lines up well with the end of the first grading period of the 2nd semester. Please remember that grades must be entered by 3:00 pm Tuesday.

Also, since there has been no snow, we will have a flexible PD day Monday, March 13. If you have at least 18 PD hours (including the 6 hours for opening day for teachers) by that date, you get the day off for a long weekend!


PGES & KY FRAMEWORK FOR TEACHING

images (1) If you are looking for sources of inspiration for your classroom, this site has a list of 68 recommended blogs for K-12 educators.

images (1) This site has a critical thinking infographic you can download to make a poster with questions to have students answer in order to think critically about new information.

images (1) Here you can learn about an app called Meetoo that allows for real time polling, Q & A, and discussion comments during class. It might be a solution to get some reluctant students to participate.


Power of Positivity

Can You Go 24 Hours Without Complaining? Here’s How. . .

(from https://www.powerofpositivity.com)

This writer, along with 99.99% of all human beings to have ever existed is guilty of complaining at one time or another. Why? Because it’s human nature.

Humans don’t like discomfort in any way, shape or form. Unfortunately, one of the most common ways to express our discomfort is by voicing our discomfort to anyone who is willing (or, in many cases, unwilling) to listen.

Here’s the root of the problem: complaining achieves absolutely nothing. It’s a worthless behavior with a zero-sum outcome. Nothing is gained, but much can be lost. We’re going to (with our best effort) describe some alternatives to this natural predisposition.

HERE ARE 11 WAYS TO STOP COMPLAINING:

1. DON’T LET OTHER PEOPLE INFLUENCE YOUR MOOD.

This one is easy to explain, but difficult to practice. It’s incredibly easy to allow others to alter your positive state of mind. Whether it’s your acquaintances, coworkers, and yes, even your friends and family, permitting an individual or group to adversely affect your mindset is a personal liability. Don’t allow it to happen.

2. WHEN A SITUATION IS LESS THAN IDEAL, TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND LOOK FOR A SOLUTION.

It’s human nature to impulsively react to a bad situation. This is when the conscious decision to inhale deeply can benefit. Deep breathing automatically sets your mind and body at ease; permitting you to make rational decisions to help resolve any situation.

3. REMEMBER THAT SOMETIMES BEING KIND IS BETTER THAN BEING RIGHT.

When conflict arises, it’s often our inner-pride that encourages us to “be in the right.” However, when attempting to amicably resolve an unideal scenario, sometimes it benefits ourselves and others to do so with a positive attitude.

4. FIT SOME TYPE OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INTO YOUR DAY.

Exercise is one of those activities that has been proven to reap both mental and physical rewards. As it pertains to the topic at hand, exercise is undoubtedly the most advantageous action one can take to balance their state of mind. This includes the mental fortitude often required to resist the temptation to complain.

5. BE KIND, LOVING, UNDERSTANDING AND PATIENT WITH YOURSELF. YOU’RE DOING THE BEST YOU CAN.

Self-compassion is key to avoiding self-criticism. Too often, we discipline ourselves far too harshly; whether this reaction involves complaining about oneself or others. Be compassionate with yourself and with others.

6. INTENTIONALLY SEARCH FOR THINGS TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT.

Also called gratitude, the gift of recognizing the good things in your life is also key to refraining from the impulse to complain. It’s rather simple. When we are consciously aware of the blessings bestowed upon us, we’re less likely to focus attention onto the not-so-good things.

7. DO THINGS THAT BRING YOU JOY.

We all require happiness in our lives. The lack of which often manifests into attitudes of bitterness and contempt. Of course, this often results in us finding fault wherever and whenever we can, justified or not. We must set aside time to do things that bring about feelings of joy.

8. DO SOMETHING KIND FOR SOMEONE ELSE.

Mother Teresa once said: “Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”


NEWS & UPDATES

√ The Ballard Winter Guard took 1st place at the Tri-State Marching Competition this past weekend!

√ Big congratulations to Ballard students Josh Zaczek and Haseeb Tariq (and their coach, Daniel Grossberg) for winning their debate competition this weekend and advancing to the NCFL National Championship!

√ Congratulations to Adam Hartigan, the winner of the drawing Friday from those who participated in the Random Acts of Kindness activity. Adam wins an extra planning period!

√ Counselor Phil Johnston has accepted a new position at Male. We are advertising for a counselor right now and will (hopefully) start interviews some time next week.

√ Monday we welcome our new Youth Services Center Coordinator Runette Thomas! She will be at Ballard on Mondays, Tuesdays, and every other Friday. We are excited to have her here serving our students.

 


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Happy Birthday in February to: Ronald Simmons (5th), Will Carter (6th), Colt Moore (7th), Sandy Klinglesmith (8th), Chris Renner (9th), Lakunta Farmer (10th), Gary Crume (12th), Don Evans (12th), Donna Gray (14th), Kim Marshall (15th), WS Walston (19th), Kevin Payne (20th), Kristy Holien (22nd), Lakisha May (23rd), Priscilla Murphy (26th), Nick Hibma (27th), Jackson Arnett (27th), and Ashley Ryan (28th)!

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Weekly Round Up 2/5/2017

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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.


This week we have a lot going on that allows us to celebrate Ballard! First, it’s Spirit Week, and the students of Bruin Nation have come up with fun themes for dressing up each day. The students love it when teachers join in the fun, so feel free to wear your pajamas tomorrow for Pajama Day!

Also, this Thursday, we will be visited by a team creating a marketing video for our school. JCPS has contracted with a firm to create these videos for every school, and it’s our turn this Thursday. They will interview students and take footage in some classrooms. There is nothing you all need to prepare for or do differently, but if you are doing something in your classes Thursday that would provide good footage, please let me know early in the week.


PGES & KY FRAMEWORK FOR TEACHING

images (1) This article is a quick read with scaffolding strategies to support students as they read complex texts.

images (1) Here is an article with some strategies to help students who struggle with reading textbooks.


Power of Positivity

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NEWS & UPDATES

√ Next Monday (2/13), we will welcome 2 new staff members to our school! Our new Youth Services Center Coordinator, to replace Yvonne, is Runette Thomas. Joining the Health/PE Department is Jackson Arnett.

√ In a separate e-mail, I will send out a “No Fly List.” This is a list of students who we see in the halls a lot and who are good at finding ways to get out of class. Please do not issue hall passes to these students, if they are in your class.

√ Please have your IC gradebook updated this week. The grading period ends next week, and students and parents need an accurate idea of what grades are.

√ Next week (Feb. 12-18) is national Random Acts of Kindness Week. Are there ways you can incorporate empathy and kindness into lessons and student activities next week? There are many websites with ideas.

√ Thanks to all who came down during lunch to enjoy some soup and conversation for our first Fab Feb Friday. We have something else fun planned for this Friday, so stay tuned.


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Happy Birthday in February to: Ronald Simmons (5th), Will Carter (6th), Colt Moore (7th), Sandy Klinglesmith (8th), Chris Renner (9th), Lakunta Farmer (10th), Gary Crume (12th), Don Evans (12th), Donna Gray (14th), Kim Marshall (15th), WS Walston (19th), Kevin Payne (20th), Kristy Holien (22nd), Lakisha May (23rd), Priscilla Murphy (26th), Nick Hibma (27th), Jackson Arnett (27th), and Ashley Ryan (28th)!

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Weekly Round Up 1/22/17

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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.


PGES & KY FRAMEWORK FOR TEACHING

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


 

NEWS & UPDATES

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.


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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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Weekly Round Up New Year Edition!

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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.


Happy 2017! I hope you all enjoyed the break and had a very happy holiday season with your families and friends. It always goes by so quickly, but I realize that we are fortunate in our field to have this opportunity to catch our breath and focus on our loved ones. We have a lot of work to do this semester to get our students ready for ACT, state testing, AP exams, and graduation!

I also need to let you all know that our sweet student Amzie Smith is now at Hosparus, where they can make her as comfortable as possible during her final days. This news is going to make the coming weeks difficult for our students and staff, and we have to remember to show kindness, strength, and support for our kids and for each other. We have all benefitted from knowing Amzie and experiencing her positivity and touching journey. Please keep her family in your thoughts (some of you have her sister in your class), and I will let you know as we get more information.


PGES & KY FRAMEWORK FOR TEACHING

images (1) We know that we all have to be teachers of literacy within our own content to best impact our students’ ability to read and write proficiently.  Here is an article with some specific strategies to use in every classroom to teach reading skills.

images (1) I found this article interesting about the latest technologies that are starting to appear in classrooms. Some we are ready for now and some are interesting to explore their applications for our students!

images (1) One of the more difficult problems to handle in the classroom is student backtalk.  This article from Fred Jones provides some strategies and perspective for responding appropriately.


Power of Positivity

From Jon Gordon:

20 Tips for a Positive New Year

Updated for 2017

1. Stay Positive. You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible or you can trust that with faith and an optimistic attitude all things are possible.

2. Take a daily “Thank You Walk.” It will create a fertile mind ready for success.

3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and less foods manufactured in plants.

4. Talk to yourself instead of listen to yourself. Instead of listening to your complaints, fears and doubts, talk to yourself and feed your mind with words of truth and encouragement.

5. Post a sign that says “No Energy Vampires Allowed.” Gandhi said, “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”

6. Be a great team member. When you help your team improve, you improve.

7. Don’t chase success. Decide to make a difference and build meaningful relationships and success will find you.

8. Get more sleep. You can’t replace sleep with a double latte.

9. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control.

10. You don’t have to be great to serve but you have to serve to be great. Look for opportunities to Love, Serve and Care.

11. Live your purpose. Remember why you do what you do. We don’t get burned out because of what we do. We get burned out because we forget why we do it.

12. There’s no such thing as an overnight success. Anything worthwhile takes time to build.

13. Trust that everything happens for a reason and expect good things to come out of challenging experiences.

14. Implement the No Complaining Rule. If you are complaining, you’re not leading.

15. Read more books than you did in 2016.

16. Don’t seek happiness. Instead live with love, passion and purpose and happiness will find you.

17. Focus on “Get to” vs “Have to.” Each day focus on what you get to do, not what you have to do. Life is a gift not an obligation.

18. The next time you “fail” remember that it’s not meant to define you. It’s meant to refine you.

19. Smile and laugh more. They are natural anti-depressants.

20. Enjoy the ride. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy it.

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How will you make 2017 more positive?

 


NEWS & UPDATES

We will have a faculty meeting this Tuesday at 2:35 in the Chorus room.  I will have the updated spring meetings schedule available for you at the meeting.

√ We have some new staff members to welcome to Ballard this week.  I hope you all will join me in providing a positive experience for these folks as they “jump into the fray” mid-year.

  • Karen Alcantara will be taking over for Mariana Tackett, who moved to St. Louis because of her husband’s new job.  Señora Alcantara is originally from Venezuela and is certified in Spanish and French.
  • Maureen (Mo) Riley is joining our ECE Department to replace Chris Engstrand, who had to resign suddenly to take care of family matters.  We are sorry to see him go, and he certainly did not want to leave us mid-year.  Ms. Riley just graduated from UL and is excited to be a Bruin.
  • Vanessa Brown starts Thursday as our new Order/Receiving Clerk. She is a go-getter, and you will enjoy getting to know her.

√ Please continue enforcing the new procedures regarding hall passes.  Working together we can reduce the traffic in the halls in order to provide a safer environment:

  • No hall passes the first 10 minutes or last 10 minutes of class.

  • No hall passes during 5th period. 

  • No hall passes after 2:00.

These also apply to teacher aides.  If you have specific needs during these times, please speak with me.

**Note: the 10 minute/5th period rule does not apply to students going to math tutoring.  Students who have a math tutoring note may report early in their class period so as to get enough time with the tutors.

√ Planning began last spring to create for Ballard an Athletic Hall of Fame in order to create an exciting event to bring alumni back to the school to be involved.  Many folks have worked to make this dream a reality, and I am happy to announce that we will host the inaugural Hall of Fame banquet on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at the Marriott East ballroom.  Tickets can be purchased for the event at bhshof.eventbrite.com.  It is a public event, and all are invited to attend.  We have 11 in our first class of inductees to honor.  They are: Marty Bailen (longtime supporter), Pat Crawford (1st principal), Allan Houston (class of 1989), Jeremi Johnson (class of 1999), Jeff Lamp (class of 1977), Gary Plock (class of 1974), Jim Reuther (1st athletic director), Sally Sligar (class of 1975), Jeremy Sowers (class of 2001), Susan Stoddard (class of 1982), and Kent Taylor (class of 1973).


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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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