Friday Focus

Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

Thank you for attending Alive in Christ

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend one of the Alive in Christ sessions this week. These conversations are very important to help guide us to where we want to go next in our parish, which of course also includes our school.

There are two more opportunities to attend. This coming Sunday (Jan. 31) and Monday (Feb. 1--notice the date change!), we'll have more opportunities for discussion. You can find the complete schedule here:

Catholic Schools Week Tweetwall

The NCEA has constructed a "Tweetwall" to include tweets from all across the country related to Catholic Schools Week. I don't know a lot about Tweetwall, but there's a lot of information there! You can also simply add #CSW16 to your Tweetdeck to see and view lots of Catholic Schools Week tweets!

Let's make sure we are tweeting during CSW next week. Use the hashtag #CSW16.

Steward of the Week

This week's Steward of the Week is 8th Grader Danny Gubbels. Danny was nominated by Sheryl Cahoy, who writes:

I have to share that I think Danny Gubbels (and maybe his brothers but I don’t know them as well) deserve the Steward Award. Not only did Danny come into the classrooms after the funeral luncheon to thank his peers for supporting their family at and through those days of loss and mourning, but Danny was serving at Mass on Sunday morning at 11:30. Carlie happened to be sitting behind the altar and it moved her to tears, especially when John was mentioned in the Prayers of the Faithful, to see Danny’s face and know how hard that was for him. That is Stewardship.

A note from Christy Gubbels

Co-incidentally, I got this note from Christy Gubbels this week, too, so I thought I'd share it with you:

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all Sacred Heart and Norfolk Catholic students and their families for the kindness shown to us with the passing of our beloved husband and dad. The outpouring of love and support has been amazing! We will never be able to express how grateful we are for all the visits, cards, kind words, gifts, and love we have received. We truly are blessed to be part of such a great family-The Norfolk Catholic Family.

Again Thank You for everything!

Christy, Danny, Josh and Jackson Gubbels

Simple K12 update

I try to log in to Simple K12 at least once a week. Sometimes I make it; other times I don't. I did make some time this week to watch the webinar: Simple Strategies and Tricks to Get HIgh School Students Thinking About Biology.

I was going to just forward the link to our science teachers, but then I read the synopsis:

Have you ever wondered how you can get those quiet students who avoid eye contact to participate more in class? Or perhaps you'd like all of your students to be more engaged and share some of your enthusiasm for the topics you cover. In this webinar, join David Faure as he explores a few simple strategies and tricks to get everyone out of their seats and involved in their lessons. Some of the ideas involve "group work," while others are whole class activities or even games. You don't need any fancy equipment, but a little courage to try something new is essential. Your colleagues might ask what you were up to, but students will be talking about your lessons all the way home! While David will use examples from his high school biology classes, the tips and strategies could be useful across curriculum.

So I watched the webinar and found that many of his ideas and suggestions can be used in ANY classroom. The presentation drags a bit at times--though it was interesting to see how many times he said "Google-able" and "Non-Google-able" at around the 10 minute mark. However, we want to engage ALL of our students and not allow the "Type A" kids to answer every question. And we want to ask better questions! Check out the webinar--or find another--this weekend.