ENHS Staff Notes
December 6, 2015
Embargoed School Letter Grade
Tori, my wife, came home the other day with a cute story about a young elementary student who had figured out that there were only 20 more "sleeps" until Santa came. Not wanting to be upstaged by a cute kid, I quickly replied, "Well, we only have 10 more "work wakes" before we go on break. Clearly this kid has no idea who he's messing with!
This time of year is exciting and fun filled for a lot of different reasons. It's great to be a part of a dedicated crew. You work hard all year and deserve more credit than you get. Ours is a profession where much of the reward is intrinsic. You don't hear it as much as you deserve to, but I think you are a great group of people to work with. I love your passion for helping kids and your commitment you have for each other. You make ENHS a special place. Enjoy this fun, silly time of year!
This doesn't happen by accident. People rarely wake up one day as the person they aspire to be. It takes a great deal of reflection along the way. But the reflection is always focused on how I can become better...time spent trying to figure out what's wrong with kids, administrators, legislatures, etc. is time ill-spent. You can't control other people. You are only responsible for you. You hold the greatest potential for the greatest amount of change.
As we enter the season where we close the books on another year and look to start anew, we naturally find ourselves looking inward. Invest this time in your craft and be reflective. You'll find opportunities that you control that will truly make a difference.
Food and Drinks
Please limit the amount of food and drinks students have in the classroom. We have had several spills, and even though our custodians do a great job of cleaning up the mess, we would like to try to eliminate these as much as possible.
It has been fun to participate in the Goose Chase! Good luck to those of you in the FRIENDLY competition!
Bring on more missions!
Hour of Code
Be on the lookout in the next two weeks for information regarding the Hour of Code movement that will take place worldwide Dec. 7th – 13th. ENSC has participated for the past few years, and Tech Coaches are putting together resources for this year’s event.
Hour of Code 2015
Teachers, I strongly encourage you to participate this week in 2015’s Hour of Code. Using the Google Document I sent out this week (https://goo.gl/3dvq5S) find a resource that fits into your subject area. Set aside a day, or even part of a period to let the students experience coding first hand.
Some of the lessons can even be incorporated INTO your curriculum. For example, there is a site called Scratch that has a coding program called “Animate your Name.” One suggestion is to assign students to animate a vocabulary word important to your current studies. Have students explain their choice, give a definition, etc.… Look over the given resources and see what you can incorporate, and have fun!
Finally, students will be invited to create a Holiday Card or a Dance Video using some of the coding programs, and to enter their creations into a school-wide contest. Students will be receiving information regarding the contest on Monday via email. They will work on their creations either during ALAB or their personal time.
Teachers who are participating in the Hour of Code should let me know so I can plan on stopping by your classroom to watch/help/take pictures!
Knight in Training Badges
Congratulations to teachers who have earned new KIT Badges and/or backpacks this week!
· Steve Peterson – KIT Backpack
· Tanya Evard – KIT Backpack
· Nick Maksimchuk – Blogger, Google Search Ninja, AND Google Chrome Badges! (Currently holds 1st place for number of badges earned, if you care about that kind of thing!)
· Silvia Perera – Google Search Ninja and Google Forms for Differentiated Quizzes
New Badges Have Been Added
12/7 Mon - AdvancEd Collaborations
District AdvancEd Meeting: 3:30pm - ENCO
12/8 Tue - English & Math Teacher Meeting: 7:15am - Room 612
District ESL Meeting: 3:15pm - ENCO
12/9 Wed - Pathway Leaders Meeting: 7:05am - Room 606
12/10 Thu - ENCO PD - SBG: 3:30pm - Room 616
12/11 Fri - 1st Period Fire Drill