Baron Weekly, October 12th, 2015

School Motto "Setting the Standard for Excellence"

Sports Kudos!

Athlete Avenue from AD Murphy:

What a great way to start off the first AD column of the year. If you missed the most exciting football game in years last Friday, ask your students about it. Our football team broke a nine year losing streak to the "cheese" by stomping Eastlake under the Friday night lights. The team improved to a 4-2 for the year and are 1-0 in league play. Congratulate a football player for bringing the "boot" back where it belongs!

Our water polo team is also dominating its division three opponents. They have swum out to a 13-4 record while beginning 2-1 in league play.

Out tennis team has served and smashed its way to 6-3 record. While they are only 3-3 in league play, the girls are ranked number 1 in San Diego in division three.

Our golf team has driven, chipped and putted their way to a 7-2 overall record while holding a 5-2 league record. Where do these girls stand in the power ranking for San Diego? You guesses it! They are ranked number FORE!

While standings for the boys and girls cross country teams were not available at press time, I do know they ran away from Mater Dei last Friday at Discovery Park for convincing wins. Our field hockey team continues to be the class of division three. Although they have identical .500 records at 6-6 overall and 2-2 in league play, because of the tough competition and quality wins, our team stands third in all of San Diego for their division.

Finally, our lady spikers are having a rough year, but are having a lot of fun. Please come out and support our volley ball team. That's it! 5 of the 6 teams that use power rankings are tanked in the top four of their respective divisions. If you haven't had the chance yet, there is still time to come out and support our teams. It is a great experience for you and the kids always appreciate and enjoy when their teachers come out to support them.

It's great to be a Baron athlete!

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Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Tomorrow will find us on a school wide minimum day (for students only) to administer the PSAT. After the testing window, teachers will either find themselves attending the Google Drive staff development or continuing to work on their Quarter 2 PLC Common Core Lesson Plan that was begun on October 6th. Please submit copies of your Lesson Plan to me. PLCs should also begin their Quarter 2 CFAs. As a reminder, CFAs are being required this year from every course alike ( PLC team) with very few exceptions ( singleton classes, certain AP/IB courses, etc.)

Getting to the Core of College and Career Readiness

As aforementioned, tomorrow we will be testing our 9th, 10th and 11th grade students. This is the first year BVH is testing all three levels and as far as I know, we are the only high school doing this! Historically, the district has paid for eleventh grade students to take the PSAT. A few years ago, we picked up the cost of the PSAT for our 10th grade students. Now that the district is picking up the tab for 10th and 11th, we can afford to pay for the 9th grade class!

UT article. If you did not get the opportunity to read the article on What Makes a Great Teacher in this past Sunday's edition, please click on the link .

Kerry Sherman, mom to John and Emily, a teacher in the district and an old friend of mine sent me an email in August which read like this: Hello Bettina, John came down to visit from UCSB last weekend to say goodby to Emily who is leaving to Boulder soon. I just wanted to share something he said to her, "Our high school (BVH) really did a great job of preparing me for college. The AP classes were very much like the ones I had as a freshmen. I've seen other students that were not at all prepared for how difficult college would be. You'll be fine. Wow! I was sure proud and so should you and your teachers." :)

Counselor Corner

During the months of October and November counselors will be in the computer lab during lunch every Thursday to help seniors with their college applications.

Nurse's Nook

Frequently Asked Question: I have a student who is falling asleep in class. Does this warrant sending the student to the Nurse's Office?

Answer: Yes. There have been situations in the past where a student was "sleeping" in class and upon assessment was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance. If a student is having difficulty staying awake then you want to call the front office and have campus security escort the student to the RN's office. Generally, a student would be sleepy for the expected reasons such as staying up late, however, falling asleep in class could also be a sign of a more serious condition.

Baron Von Steed Staff Member of the Month

"He voluntarily shares resources, lesson plans and assignments."

"He represents our dept. exceptionally well."

"He is one of the hardest working teachers I know."

Congratulations to Robert Tucker!!!

BVH, Home of the Mighty Barons!

Typos, misspelled words etc., courtesy of a lack of spell check on this program and old eyes.