The Crusader Times
Be Present - Be Positive - Be Persistent in your Learning
Volume 1, Issue 18 November 7, 2022
CRUSADERBOTS TEAMS SWEPT THE TOP 10 at the 11/5 Competition at Hilltop High School
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Good morning! Welcome to week 15 of our 1st semester! We had a great turnout this past Saturday for our Saturday Scholars! Please check out some of the pictures below! Students were able to receive additional tutoring in various subjects and were able to also clear up absences. Thank you to Ms. Conlon for running a smooth Saturday Scholars!
I cannot stress enough how important it will be for our students to stay present, positive, and persistent in their learning. Lately, we have noticed some students not arriving on time to class or not having the most respectful interactions with other adults on campus. It is a good time to review some more specific habits of mind that lend themselves to our #1 Goal this year:
Goal #1: Advance Rigorous Instruction, Social Emotional Learning, and Student Support to Advance Student Academic Success.
Please take some time to review the following habits of mind that support the pursuit of learning and good behavior (in that order):
1. Intellectual Perseverance --Staying focused when answers and solutions are not apparent. At this point in the semester, it is vital for students to stay focused in class (and at home) when engaged in their learning.
Students, when subject matter, concepts, or processes become difficult, it is important for our students to consider the following:
a. Ask yourself: What am I trying to accomplish right now?
b. Try to describe what is frustrating you or what is it you can't find or solve.
c. Tell yourself you are going to vie it at least one more try and then do so.
Parents, when working with your student on their intellectual perseverance here are some questions that you can ask them to open up the discussion:
How have you been staying focused (on your own) when answers and solutions are not immediately apparent?
Are you aware of when you start losing focus because solutions or answers aren't immediately apparent? What do you do once you lose focus?
What are some things that you can do when answers and solutions aren't initially apparent?
2. Resisting Impulsivity--Avoid making decisions or forming conclusions without proper consideration (Like choosing to go to class on time or not, choosing to do one's homework or not, or choosing to pay attention in class or not.) Students, here are some tips to follow:
a. Stop for a moment and think about what you're about to do.
b. Ask yourself, Is there anything about what I'm thinking of doing that I should reconsider?
c. Once you've thought about your reaction, go ahead and act.
Parents, when working with your student on their resisting impulsivity habit of mind here are some questions that you can ask them to open up the discussion:
Have you been resisting impulsivity without any teacher reminders?
Are you aware of the times that you have been acting impulsively?
Where do you find that you have the hardest time resisting impulsivity? Why?
Why is it important to think before acting?
Lastly, please remember to review the 4 Essential Rules at Bonita Vista Middle School that allow us to not only promote our safety on campus, but it allows us to ensure that our students are fully present and ready to learn:
1. No Cell Phones on Campus: We ask that all students placed their cell phones in their backpacks once they are at school and on our campus. We not only enforce this rule during class time but especially during nutrition breaks and lunchtime. We want our students to interact with each other as much as possible as opposed to being on their screens/phones.
2. No IPAD Misuse: Every student is issued an IPAD for educational purposes only. We ask students to use their devices strictly as implements of learning.
3. No Earbuds: Similar to our cell phone rule, we ask that once students are at school and on our campus, they place their earbuds in their backpacks. We have noticed that students are less distracted in class and engage more with each other when they are not using earbuds.
4. No Hoodie (worn on head): Students can wear hooded sweatshirts but in order to be able to identify our students at all times, we ask students not to wear their hoods over their heads. This rule is in place for student safety. Should a non-student sneak onto our campus, we would want to identify them immediately. Also, we need to ensure during class and outside of class that students do not have their earbuds. We prioritize making sure that students are paying attention in class and our fully engaged with each other at all times.
If you ever need to report a disciplinary or safety concern, please make sure to report any and all concerns to our administrative team. Please visit this link to contact our assistant principals: https://bvm.sweetwaterschools.org/staff-directory-2/.
Please also feel free to email me if you have any comments, questions, or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BVM Saturday Scholars 11/5
HOW TO VERIFY THAT YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER HAS TURNED IN THEIR WORK BEFORE IT HAS BEEN GRADED
Parents, if you would like to verify the actual work that was submitted:
1. Ask your student to bring you their ipad.
2. Click on the assignment from the list in Jupiter grades
3. Select the assignment submitted and choose view.
*Please see the photos attached. The work does not disappear. It remains submitted even after the teacher views and evaluates the work.