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HS STAFF NEWS | January 19, 2018
Are Students Actively Engaged?
How To Ensure Students Are Actively Engaged and Not Just Compliant
Where in our Instructional Framework is ENGAGEMENT a good fit?
Actually, the answer is anywhere, but one area to focus engaging activities is with Guided Practice, otherwise known as the “We Do.” This is the part of the framework where students learn to master the concept through practice. After all, how does anyone get better at playing an instrument, sport, or even driving without it? Breaking the practice into manageable “chunks” of information helps create the pathway to connecting new information with existing. (note: this is where differentiating to meet all learning styles is important!) Let’s dig a little deeper into engagement through guided practice...
What is it?
For each "chunk" in the lesson, we must give students an opportunity to visibly mimic what was just modeled, i.e., to practice with or process the new knowledge in a way that allows the teacher to observe and thus "guide" their students' practice. During this step, students must engage in observable practices that allow us to see visible evidence of whether and how well they are progressing, through such activities as (once again) taking notes, making calculations, attempting to solve or analyze a math problem—or a small part of a problem—annotating and underlining, composing a sentence or paragraph.
What does this look like?
After each brief step/chunk in the lesson, the teacher immediately gives students a chance to practice/process information and to demonstrate understanding or mastery of that brief step that was just taught or modeled, while the teacher “Checks for Understanding…”
Cooperative Learning Strategies
Attempting to solve a problem
Guided Practice Look Fors
Here is a little about Jennie so we all can get to know her!
(and last Wednesday was her 'GOLDEN' birthday!!!)
"I have been a nurse 29 years. During my career, I have worked many places. My favorites are Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units, and Adolescent Psychiatric Care Units. I am a native Texan, and love to go home any chance I get! I am married and have 3 kids, 1 daughter who is married, and 2 sons who go to school in the PCR 3 School District. My husband is Matt. He is an active duty Army officer and has been in the Army 23 years! We moved back to Platte City after being stationed in Seattle Washington, because we missed our friends, neighbors and the schools so much!
I am so excited to be the nurse here at PCHS! I enjoy getting to know the students and couldn't imagine working with a better staff. You guys are stuck with me for a long time!!!"
School Board Member Visit
We encourage you to make a welcome sign for your door!
A few of you have already requested he visit your classroom. If you would like a brief visit to your class, please email Suzanne Frame asap!
Coming in February
FBLA & Hillcrest to Host Bingo Community Night
FCCLA Hosting American Red Cross Blood Drive
Please schedule a time on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, to donate blood. You may visit redcrossblood.org and enter: PlatteCountyHS to schedule an appointment.
* = Extended meetings
Mr. Messick leads during Greater KC Assistant Principal's Roundtable. Approximately 40 area Assistant Principals attended this event.
Panel of graduated Pirates provides our staff with a clearer perspective on what success-ready skills we need to practice w/ our current Pirates.
Team effort in creating the Wrestling Posters & Senior Banners. Great job Matt Knopp on the design. Pictures & artwork are all original.
Senior Lauryn Masters was recognized at the last Board meeting for her winning essay in the VFW’s Voice of Democracy award.
Congratulations to Jordyn Thiessen - her poem was chosen for publication through Appelly Publishing! She wrote her poem as part of the ELA IV unit on "Writing for an Authentic Audience." Way to go, Jordyn!
FRIENDS CLUB applied for and have received a $300 grant! They will be working with SADD and other groups to create a social media campaign to create awareness and change in the culture of our use of words associated with depression and suicide. (pictured: Sierra Charlson, historian of FRIENDS CLUB)
Congratulations to the LMC for winning the HS Door Decorating Contest! Christmas Carol theme!
Congratulations ROBOTICS 9065 C - On Jan. 6 they were the tournament champion at the Thomas Jefferson VEX Tournament! They have now won three consecutive tournaments!
Congratulations to Hannah Kasner for winning the Lifetouch Door Decorating Contest - she received $50. print shop credit! Design based on the Netflix Series "Stranger Things".
If a child reports BULLYING to you, as outlined in the safe school training, please use the following link to report the issue:
USE THE REPORT VIA WEB button to fill out the information to be investigated.
22-26 - SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION WEEK!
23 - MO STUDENT SURVEY, 10:30-11:30
24 - PLC DAY, Extended
26 - BOARD MEMBER VISIT! 12:00
30 - FCCLA BLOOD DRIVE, South Gym
6 - BLT MTG
6 - BINGO COMMUNITY NIGHT (FBLA), 6-8 Zona Rosa
7 - BLT BLAST
9 - INSERVICE, Active Shooter Training for ALL staff 1:00-3:00 (starting in theatre)
Prayers of comfort for Kara Yarc - her mother passed Monday morning.
Thank you to our Pirates ROCK Star business partners!
Platte County High School
- Dr. Chad Sayre, Principal
- Shari Waters, Assistant Principal
- Matt Messick, Assistant Principal
- Phil Dorman, Activities Director