CPS Teachers Make A Difference

Week Ending September 23, 2016

Another positive week

Thank you everyone for your positive energy and pushing forward to meet the needs of our students. I appreciate everyone's suggestions to make improvements. I am fortunate to be amongst educators who care about the school and the well-being of all of our students.

A big thank you to those who sent me their progress reports with grades and Catching Them in the Act blurbs on Thursday. Your professionalism and work ethic is much acknowledged.

Please keep in mind the following for this coming week:
Monday - 11:30 - 12:15 Test Prep Joyce
Tuesday - 9:30 - 10:15 Florida Institute of Technology visit for grades 9-12
11:30 - 12:15 Chess at lunch led by one of our volunteers
Wednesday 11:30 - 12:15 Test Prep Tracey
Friday - 8:30 - 9:30 Meeting for students and parents attending the cruise
Friday - 11:30 - 12:20 Staff Meeting
Friday - 12:30 - 2:20 Homecoming

Laura - So glad you are sharing you Gulf Oil Spill Cleanup with the students and how it relates to biochemistry.

Rachel - Can't believe how well our students sound singing songs from Into The Woods and learning to read notes.

Nora - Thank you for addressing Banned Books week and having our students think critically about Freedom of Speech.

Tracey - Thank you for integrating so many different forms of art into your English and Latin classes. Very creative.

Joyce - Much admiration for relating the most difficult of math calculations to real-life experiences.

Kendra - Thank you for working with our senior volunteers this week with their basic computer skills.

Tyler - Amazing how well each student has progressed and proud of their work.

Ava - Thank you for your positive energy and visiting schools this week.

What is our homework vs. make up work policy?

I know there has been some confusion regarding our homework and make-up work policies.

As for homework, teachers may assign readings and movies with at least 5 days notice. The reason for not giving homework is because most of our students have processing and/or anxiety issues and takes a great amount of energy for them to do the work. They NEED downtime in the evening to decompress. With that in mind, students are required to have a Netflix account. On occasion, and with plenty of notice to parents, students may be required to attend a function outside of school or bring in specific items. Please do not require students to complete writing or math assignments at home, or projects.

Students who miss school are required to do make up work. All of your assignments should be posted online so that if a student misses school, he or she knows what is expected the following day.
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Using Rubrics to Grade Projects

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