Week in Preview
All Instructional Staff Writing PD 7:50 AM
AVID Site Team Meeting 7:50 AM
Flag Retirement Ceremony 1:00 PM
Threat Assessment Team Meeting 3:10 PM
Outstanding Senior Interviews
Executive Board Meeting 8:00 AM
Early Release Day
Discipline Committee Meeting 7:45 AM
SEL Professional Development in the Shark Zone 1:00 PM
All County Band Auditions 5:30 PM
Blue & White Basketball Game 5:30 PM
Leadership Meeting 3:15 PM
PBIS Committee Meeting 7:45 AM
AICE AS Thinking Skills Exam PM
Girls Basketball Pre-Season Game @ RRHS
ROTC Camp Flaming Arrow
Cheer @ Best of Pasco
Coaches Corner with Mari & Stephanie
Teaching Strategy: Possible Sentences
Possible Sentences is a pre-reading vocabulary strategy that activates students' prior knowledge about content area vocabulary and concepts.
Before reading, provide students with a short list of vocabulary words from their reading, which they group and eventually use to create meaningful sentences. After reading, students check to see if their "possible sentences" were accurate or need revising.
Possible Sentences are great because they spark students' curiosity about their content area words and reading. By asking your students to guess how the words may be used in the text, you are hoping they are as equally enticed to read the selection and determine if their sentences were accurate.
See me if you want more information or concrete examples! : ) Mari
Ms. Cowden’s Classes used the annotation strategies discussed in one of our writing PDs with sticky notes and hashtags and it worked! Her class average on the assessment related to the text in which they employed the strategy was up significantly from the previous one. Way to go, Cowden!
Thank you so much to the SS department for jumping into writing! It was wonderful to see students writing about content and getting the opportunity to show what they know!
Kudos to Ms. Feyedelem, Mrs. Lanser, and Ms. Shutt for continuing to participate in a voluntary PLC every Friday morning to plan collaboratively for their 11/12 EGP classes. Your students are blessed because of your dedication.
I loved, loved, loved to see Ms. Hudec sharing her love of reading with her students. Students were engaged in the novel study, interacted with notes, and were riveted when Ms. Hudec read portions of the text aloud. Ms. Hudec’s excitement for the text was contagious.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again… that’s Ms. Marsh’s motto. Ms. Marsh continues to try new things with her classes to increase student achievement and engagement. It’s wonderful to see such ingenuity and perseverance.
Ms. Lenhardt’s kindness is something to talk about! Over and over again, students talk about how Ms. Lenhardt tirelessly moves about the room helping students: repeating instructions, modeling skills, and encouraging productivity. Great job!
Sharing is caring! Ms. Napper shared a successful lesson from her 9th grade class during PLC time for the good of the group. Thank you for sharing your expertise unselfishly : )
A HUGE round of applause goes to the Reading teachers who used the Tier 3 interventions in the 10th grade curriculum map to support the work of the English classes. Because the students had read about Jane Goodall in their Reading classes, they approached the text written by Goodall in English class with excitement and confidence. They were thrilled that they “knew about that lady” and began their exploration of the text in English class with a positive attitude.
Staff in the Spotlight: Mrs. Cowden
Heather Cowden is a member of our English department and is celebrating her 13th year of teaching this year! She is in her second year with us at AHS but has also taught at Paul R. Smith, Wesley Chapel Elementary, Gulf Trace Elementary and at Dayspring Academy. In addition to ELA, she is also teaching a brand-new course this year, AICE Media Studies. This course is off to a great start! Her students are having a blast creating mini films on their own. You may spot them working on their films around campus!
Her classroom theme is based on the Harry Potter series. She always wanted a classroom that made her students feel that they were immersed somewhere else and with a mix of English and Media Studies, this theme is the perfect match! Outside of school, Heather spends time with her son’s hockey team the Clearwater Ice Storm. She also has a 13 year old yellow lab named Stella. She enjoys reading, fishing, baking and of course, watching Harry Potter. Stop by and check out her classroom next time you are in the 400 East building!
Thanks to Coach Messamore for always caring about our students and for being a positive role model for them!
Shout out to Ms. Anderson and her passion for helping our students!
Ms. Dusek is committed to making our band room a safe space for students to go to and has created an awesome school family for our Marching Sharks! This is so appreciated!
Thank you to Ms. Kardas for always putting in your best effort and working with our students even when times are tough!
Staff Holiday 5K!
Start off the holiday season by getting your heart pumping! All staff are invited to participate in the Santa's Twilight 5K! Special team pricing is available if we register by November 25th. There is a sign up sheet in the mail room if you are interested in participating! Link for more information is below.
When: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Start Time: 7:00 PM
Race Venue: Safety Harbor Marina Park, Safety Harbor, FL
Directions: The Marina Park is located just south of the Safety Harbor Spa at 110 Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor, FL.
Parking: Plenty of parking is available in close proximity to the Marina.
Distance: 5K Run (3.1 miles)Course: A beautiful 5K run along the waterfront with several holiday cheer zones along the way.
Amenities: A super cool holiday themed Finisher Medal, colorful event shirt, accurately measured and well monitored course, and hot chocolate and holiday cookies at the finish.