Weekly Round Up 12/5/16

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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.


It was a busy weekend around Ballard!  It is always affirming to see all of the great things our students, parents, and staff members are doing.  Our boys and girls basketball teams are off to a great start to the season, and the baseball team had a very successful holiday craft fair this weekend.  The choral program presented the lovely Madrigal Feaste for the 36th  year and the Jazz Band put on a swinging holiday concert.  This week there is plenty more to enjoy with orchestra and band concerts and a choral concert next week, not to mention auditions for the spring musical.  I appreciate everyone’s hard work to provide such rich experiences for our students.


PGES & KY FRAMEWORK FOR TEACHING

images (1)Here is a short article with some creative activities to encourage students’ critical thinking: https://globaldigitalcitizen.org/5-team-building-games-critical-thinking.


Power of Positivity

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NEWS & UPDATES

√ We will not have a faculty meeting this week in order to give you time to prepare for mid-term exams and the end of the semester.  However, I do need to ask that you complete the following 2 tasks in lieu of the meeting:

  1. Please complete this very brief survey on a subset of the data we will collect from the TELL survey in a couple of months: https://goo.gl/forms/e0OKa6dOHDfAMwWG2.
  2. Submit a copy of your mid-term exams/projects to your supervising administrator by next Monday, Dec. 12 (Science, Health & PE – Bunting; World Language, Fine Arts – Dixon; English, Math – Eddleman; Social Studies, Business & Technology – Gudgel; Special Education – Rodgers).

√ 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 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).

 

√ For your reference again, here is the mid-term exam schedule for the last 3 days of the semester.  The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, December 14

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

Lunch 1 11:08-11:28

Lunch 2 11:32-11:52

Lunch 3 11:56-12:16

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

Thursday, December 15

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

Second period: 9:55-12:15

Lunch 1 11:05-11:25

Lunch 2 11:30-11:50

Lunch 3 11:55-12:15

Third period: 12:20-2:20

Friday, December 16

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

Fourth period: 7:54-9:50

Fifth period: 9:55-12:15

Lunch 1 11:05-11:25

Lunch 2 11:30-11:50

Lunch 3 11:55-12:15

Sixth period: 12:20-2:20

*We will send out the specifics on lunch assignments next week, but some of you will have to have the split class during the exam, so you may have to give part of the test before lunch and part after lunch.

**We expect everyone to give some kind of culminating assessment of student learning during this time.  This is not an opportunity to have a party or show a movie – students need to be working during these exam times.

***Students must remain in the classroom for the entire period.  There will be no passes to the library or computer lab during these times.


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Happy Birthday in December to: Mike Copley (1st), Mark Holien (1st), Lindsey Dobson (2nd), Paula Levinson (5th), Ashley Newton (7th), Jennifer Bean (8th), Tricia Meeley (9th), Jeff Golliday (9th), Victoria Watkins (10th), Spencer Zimmerman (10th), Faith Anderson (11th), Kim Drury (11th), Michelle Livesay (12th), Paul Holien (16th), Noel Weaver (16th), Phil Johnston (19th), Boyd Gudgel (22th), Steve Scherdin (22nd), Tonkeyta Rodgers (24th), Chris Goodwin (25th), and Noelle Barnes (30th)!

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Weekly Round Up 11/21/16

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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.


As we get ready to take a few days off to be with family and focus on the people and things that add richness to our lives, I hope you will also take time to remember our students who depend on us to provide stability and shape their future and be thankful that we work in a profession that gives us the power to make a difference in the life of a young person every single day.


PGES & KY FRAMEWORK FOR TEACHING

images (1) An important piece to Accomplished teaching is assessment.  This link provides many different rubrics you can use for different kinds of assessments.  They can be shared with students in advance so that they know what proficient work is supposed to look like and so they can self-assess during the process.

images (1) This article provides suggestions for working with some of our most challenging students.


Power of Positivity

From Jon Gordon:

 

It Really Happens

A teacher sent me an email with the subject IT REALLY HAPPENS and shared this story:

“I am a teacher of 7th grade students. I have been teaching for a while, last year I was burned out in October. OCTOBER!! I stumbled and clawed my way to winter break and dreaded the day when I would have to go back. I knew something had to change but I didn’t know where to start. As I began searching for a solution, your work kept popping up. I stumbled across thepositivepledge.com and began researching. I asked my students their biggest fear they had when coming into my classroom. I asked them to be true and not flippant because I could see it in their eyes. The answers were heartbreaking. I have students that are two years advanced in math and students that are two years behind in math but their fears were similar. I showed them clips of your speaking engagements I found on Youtube, we set about getting a “word” and I posted it in the room, we read the positive pledge everyday and we talked about feeding the positive dog. I would not allow any negative talk – no energy vampires – and we changed the atmosphere in my classroom.”

You don’t have to let the negativity persist. You don’t have to let apathy and indifference be the status quo. You don’t have to be one of the walking dead who hate their jobs. You can do what this teacher did and decide to make a difference today. You can live with passion, purpose and positivity. You can find your one word, feed the Positive Dog, neutralize the energy vampires, discover some tools and unleash your genius today.


NEWS & UPDATES

√ We have several new staff members joining us.  Mike Johnson is on our day-shift custodial staff, and Priscilla Murphy will be starting this week on second-shift.  We are also pleased that Adam Johnson started today as our new Area Maintenance Man.  I have made a recommendation to Human Resources for a new Order/Receiving Clerk and am waiting for that to be processed.

√ After Thanksgiving break, we are going to start some new procedures regarding hall passes.  We have become very lax about letting students out of class, and the traffic in the halls has become increasingly difficult to manage.  In order to provide a safer environment, we are instituting the following rules:

  • 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. I will announce these new rules on the PA next week, and I am asking each of you to do your part to communicate them and to enforce them.

√ I know that many of you are making plans for the end of the semester.  We will have 2-hour mid-term exams on the last 3 days of the semester.  The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, December 14

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

Lunch 1 11:08-11:28

Lunch 2 11:32-11:52

Lunch 3 11:56-12:16

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

 

Thursday, December 15

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

Second period: 9:55-12:15

Lunch 1 11:05-11:25

Lunch 2 11:30-11:50

Lunch 3 11:55-12:15

Third period: 12:20-2:20

 

Friday, December 16

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

Fourth period: 7:54-9:50

Fifth period: 9:55-12:15

Lunch 1 11:05-11:25

Lunch 2 11:30-11:50

Lunch 3 11:55-12:15

Sixth period: 12:20-2:20

*We will send out the specifics on lunch assignments next week, but some of you will have to have the split class during the exam, so you may have to give part of the test before lunch and part after lunch.

**We expect everyone to give some kind of culminating assessment of student learning during this time.  This is not an opportunity to have a party or show a movie – students need to be working during these exam times.

***Students must remain in the classroom for the entire period.  There will be no passes to the library or computer lab during these times.


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Happy Birthday in November to: Bryan Rich (2nd), Amy Scott (2nd), Amy Meeron (6th), Marti Hageman (9th), Deb Spano (13th), Jordan Couzo (18th), Ryan Gilliland (21st), Nikki Fisher (22nd), Micah Owen (22nd), Michelle Lewis (22nd), Brad Hultz (23rd), Ronda Fields (25th), Amanda Holguin (26th), Calvin Kirby (28th), and Sarah Niemann (30th)!

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Weekly Round Up 10/30/16

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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 weekend we had the opportunity to talk with parents of 8th graders who are deciding which high school to attend.  In our district, parents do have some choices, and we have to actively tell families why they should choose Ballard.  I want to sincerely thank the small but dedicated group of teachers who gave their time Friday or Saturday to promote our school: Bryan Rich, Adam Hartigan, Suzanne Taylor, Don Evans, Donna Evans, Steve Scherdin, Tricia Meeley, Mike Jackson, Glenda Jones, Ray Yaksic, John Bunting, Boyd Gudgel, Phil Johnston, Terri Sgro; Tonkeyta Rodgers and Alissa Hebermehl for working extra shifts so that we had enough people in our booth; and Emily Forrester, Vicky Gapen, and Kerri Dixon for setting up and breaking down our lovely booth!

Our next important recruiting event is 8th Grade Open House on November 10.  It is critical that we have many teachers in attendance to greet parents and students.  We often hear from parents that they made their decision to attend Ballard because of the open house.  Please put it in your calendar and let Mrs. Dixon know you will attend.


PGES & KY FRAMEWORK FOR TEACHING

images (1) As a follow-up to what we discussed in our faculty meeting Tuesday, I invite you to read this brief article: Career-Readiness Isn’t What It Used To Be.

images (1) Here is another article about the kinds of skills our students will need as they leave us and enter careers: College and Career Ready: Soft Skills Are Crucial.


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NEWS & UPDATES

√ Monday is Halloween, so break out those costumes and let’s have some fun!  The Bruin Buzz staff will coordinate a costume contest, so you are dressed up, please stop by Mr. Crume’s room sometime Monday to be photographed.  The categories will be:

Funniest/Wackiest, Scariest, Best Group Theme, and Most Creative

√ If you have not yet joined the BHS Staff group for Remind, please do the following:          Text this message – @86d92f – to this number – 81010.

√ We hope to have 2 new custodians starting with us next week.  We will almost be fully staffed!  For a couple of months we have been down 3 positions, so I want to thank Jana and her crew for their hard work during this difficult time.  Please take a moment to thank Jana, Amanda, Colt, April, Kevin, Kellea, and Kerry for all they do for us.

√ Deanna Comstock has decided to take child-rearing leave to be home with her baby for a couple of years.  Her last day with us is Thursday.


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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)!

Happy Birthday in November to: Bryan Rich (2nd), Amy Scott (2nd), Amy Meeron (6th), Marti Hageman (9th), Deb Spano (13th), Jordan Couzo (18th), Ryan Gilliland (21st), Nikki Fisher (22nd), Micah Owen (22nd), Michelle Lewis (22nd), Brad Hultz (23rd), Ronda Fields (25th), Amanda Holguin (26th), Calvin Kirby (28th), and Sarah Niemann (30th)!

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Weekly Round Up 10/16/16

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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 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.


PGES & KY FRAMEWORK FOR TEACHING

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!


NEWS & UPDATES

√ 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.


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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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Weekly Round Up 10/9/16

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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.


Now that we have our state testing data, we will be working on school improvement plans for the next couple of months.  Many of the strategies and activities for specific content areas will be generated in PLCs and departments.  We also need to focus on some school-wide areas for improvement, such as writing and CCR.  This is a crucial time for us to decide how we are going to move Ballard forward – into the 21st century and to the top of the pack.  We need to draft innovative, forward-thinking plans that honor the educational needs of students in this day and age and do it in a way that preserves that which is essentially “Ballard”.  Stay tuned!

 


PGES & KY FRAMEWORK FOR TEACHING

images (1) I really like some of the ideas in this article.  No technology required to students thinking and writing.  http://www.edutopia.org/blog/interactive-notebooks-no-special-hardware-christina-lovdal-gil?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow.

images (1)In order to take instruction to a higher cognitive level, we have to put the thinking and the sensemaking into the hands/brains of the students.  Please take a moment to reflect on this article and establish some “thinking moves” into every lesson. https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/03/31/when-kids-have-structure-for-thinking-better-learning-emerges/


Power of Positivity

From Jon Gordon:

The Power of a Positive Team

Many think that you have to choose between positivity and winning. But the truth is you don’t have to choose. Positivity leads to winning.

Michael Phelps was recently interviewed by Bob Costas where he described his approach to building a positive team before the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

“Every now and then you hear a bunch of negative comments or someone complaining and during training camp at one of the meetings I said to the guys that we are getting ready to go to the Olympics, this is what we have to do and if there is a negative comment keep it to yourself. The more positivity we have as a team the better off we are going to be\ As soon as I said that we all became closer and then we really started getting going.”

When I heard Michael say these words I was thrilled because he shared a truth with the world that I have witnessed countless times throughout the years. A team with talent can be good. But they must come together to be great. Positivity is the glue that enhances team connection and performance and it impacts office teams, school teams, church teams, and hospital teams as much as it does Olympic teams.

I’ve seen very positive teams with average talent accomplish more than anyone thought possible.

I’ve also seen negative teams with a lot of talent accomplish far less than everyone thought was possible.

Positive teams work together more effectively. They stay positive, connected and committed through challenges. They maximize each other’s talent. They believe together and achieve more together.

Positive, high performing teams don’t happen by accident. They are built by leaders and team members who reduce the negative and add a big dose of positive. When you subtract negativity and add positivity to your talent, the sky is the limit.

The great news is that you don’t have to be an Olympic champion with 28 medals to begin the process. You can be just like you and me. You can say enough with the negativity. Let’s get positive. Let’s get going.

 

NEWS & UPDATES

√ We will have an open work session for Student Growth Goals this Thursday after school in the library.  If you want to run your ideas past someone or just want to force yourself to sit down and do it, come on by!

√ Chris Ann Cherry has accepted a new position at Central High School, and we wish her all the best in her new endeavor.

√ We welcome Kellea Charleston to our 2nd shift custodial staff.  Let’s give her a warm Bruin welcome as she gets started tomorrow.

√ Congratulations to members of our Ballard Choir who had the opportunity to perform with the Louisville Orchestra Saturday night the orchestra’s season opener.  It was a beautiful performance.


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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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Weekly Round Up 9/25/2016

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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.


It’s no secret that I think we need to work hard on the adult side of our school culture, and it’s why I have made positivity a theme for the year and invited you all to sign a Positivity Pledge.  We have exceptional students in our school, strong programs, experienced colleagues, and a positive reputation in the community.  There is so much to celebrate that it really takes me aback when I hear of people talking hatefully about their colleagues or becoming outraged at some perceived slight.  We have got to get our priorities together!

Our colleague in the Math Department, Rob Donaldson, is incredibly ill in the ICU.  His father shared how excited Rob was to be coming to Ballard when we offered him a transfer in the spring, and it was the happiest they had seen him in awhile.  That is how much people want to come to Ballard.  Tragically, Rob is now so ill that he will probably not return, and we need to provide support to his students during this difficult time.

We also have a very sick young girl in our school, and it has been so heartwarming to see our students and staff reach out and offer support for Amzie and her fight with cancer. What is even more uplifting is Amzie and her positive outlook and determination to fight. She has influenced and impressed many in the school and in the community.  Again, we need to be able to pull together as a staff to support our kids and each other in the coming weeks.

I received the most wonderful e-mail last week from Amzie’s mom that I want to share with you all now:

There aren’t words to adequately express my thanks and gratitude for the tremendous love and support shown Amzie by the entire Bruin family!  It is truly adding to her energy and strengthening her will to keep fighting.

Amzie loves encouraging others and gets so much joy seeing others being kind and encouraging.  The Ballard students are certainly bringing her joy by their actions!  Not just their kindness towards her, but feeling like her message of “kindness to everyone” is making a difference. And it means a lot to her sister Kyndal (freshman) too, seeing all the people that love or care about Amzie.

Amzie absolutely loves learning, loves Ballard and loves her classmates.  On more than one occasion she has told me that she wants to keep going to school as long as she possibly can.  I appreciate how the teachers are being flexible with her schedule and understanding her inability to complete all her assignments due to her declining health.  But I can tell you she still works so hard on homework and assignments and she HATES that she can’t do all the work!  There are many nights I have to make her stop working and go to bed!  I have to give credit to the teachers for making the subjects so interesting and fun that it engages her even when she doesn’t feel well.

A huge, heartfelt thank you to administration, teachers, staff and students for all you are doing to make Amzie’s days fulfilling and happy!  I have been brought to tears over and over seeing the huge smile on Amzie’s face and the twinkle in her eyes as she talks about her day at school!  The BEST school… Ballard!

I implore all of you to remember these words and keep working on our pledge to stay positive and lift each other up.


PGES & KY FRAMEWORK FOR TEACHING

images (1) At our last staff meeting we discussed cognitive engagement in the context of Component 3C of the Framework for Teaching – Engaging Students in Learning.  Here is an article on the Golden Rules for Engaging Students.

images (1)This is another good article describing important components for a classroom that is cognitively engaging.


Power of Positivity

Please watch: 10 Ways to Be More Positive Everyday


NEWS & UPDATES

√ Congratulations to Michelle McKelvy, who received a Golden Oar Award from Dr. Hargens based on a lovely e-mail from a student!

√ I wanted to inform you all that I got word that Susan Hanks decided to start her retirement this fall, so congratulations to her.

√ I need to thank the many members of our Math Department for their hard work on behalf of our students in Rob Donaldson’s classes.  Since Rob has been out, they have provided lesson plans, graded work, entered grades, and communicated with parents during this difficult time.

√ I got this message from a parent, who signed the e-mail “Proud Parent:”

I saw members of the football team walking the grounds picking up trash and debris. The outside of school has never looked better!  Thank you for this activity promoting school pride!  Keep up the good work! GO BRUINS!


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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)!

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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Weekly Round Up

 

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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 want to extend big thanks to everyone who planned, helped with, and carried out the various activities to make Homecoming 2016 special for our students.  Thanks to Kim Barber and Bruin Nation for all they did in all of the preparations.  Thanks to the teachers who dressed up for spirit days and who were at their assigned posts to help supervise the pep rally. Thanks to Lakunta Farmer and Natalie Waddell for planning the pep rally. Thanks to Carl Kling for involving the marching band in all of the activities.  Thanks to the Step Team, Cheerleaders, and Dance Team for their performances.  Thanks to the class sponsors for helping students prepare the banners. Thanks to the teachers who helped with Homecoming Court and the halftime activities. Thanks to Mike Copley for a big win on Homecoming night. Thanks to the APs, Counselors, and Ray Yaksic for chaperoning the dance Saturday night. It takes teamwork and devotion to our students, which all of these individuals display, and I am very appreciative.


PGES & KY FRAMEWORK FOR TEACHING

images (1) I really like some of the ideas in this article about giving students opportunities to have voice and choice in their work through projects that engage them with content.

images (1) Here is a video, created by a high school student, about the power of students displaying and sharing their work.  Think about how you make public your students’ work. If you do not have student work posted in your room, why not?  How can we do a better job celebrating and showcasing the work our students do in our classrooms?


Power of Positivity

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NEWS & UPDATES

√ 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.

√ Welcome back this week to Jenny Lin, who is returning from her maternity leave.

√ Congratulations to our preferred sub and Ballard alum Max Slinde, who has accepted a teaching position at Valley High School, which he started this past week.

√ Unfortunately Portia Wright has to leave us to take care of some health matters.  We wish her all the best.

√ Also, please keep math teacher Rob Donaldson in your thoughts, as he has been readmitted to ICU this weekend.


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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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