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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

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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…”

Socratic Seminar

Think-Pair-Share

Fishbowl

Graphic Organizer

Cornell Notes

Cooperative Learning Strategies

Attempting to solve a problem

Composing


Guided Practice Look Fors

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Welcome Jennie!

We are happy to permanently welcome our school nurse, Jennie Olsen!


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

School Board Recognition Week is January 22-26 this year, and we will welcome board member Gary Brown on Friday, January 26th at noon.


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

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FBLA & Hillcrest to Host Bingo Community Night

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FCCLA Hosting American Red Cross Blood Drive

Giving Blood is Giving Life! FCCLA is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive and is in need of donors.

Please schedule a time on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, to donate blood. You may visit redcrossblood.org and enter: PlatteCountyHS to schedule an appointment.

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Event Forms

Please remember to fill out an EVENT PLANNING FORM for ALL events that will take place in the building.

EVENT FORMS need to be submitted to Bobbie Deeney no later than 2 weeks prior to the event.

SCHIVIR Nomination

Take a few moments and recognize a colleague for living our district values!


SCHIVIR NOMINATION FORM

PLC Meetings

Jan. 24*

Feb. 28
Mar. 14*
April 11*
May 2*


* = Extended meetings

Shout Outs

Safe Schools

If a child reports BULLYING to you, as outlined in the safe school training, please use the following link to report the issue:

https://plattecounty-mo.safeschoolsalert.com/


USE THE REPORT VIA WEB button to fill out the information to be investigated.

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January

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


February

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)


    Click here to view the full Platte County High School calendar on our website.

    Staff Birthdays

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    CHEERS

    TEARS

    Prayers of healing for Kim Foster, as she deals with some medical issues.


    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