ENHS Staff Notes

December 6, 2015

Embargoed School Letter Grade

There's a lot of noise being generated with regard to the preliminary release of school letter grades. Experience and common sense would tell you that when you change one of the variables, it'll have an impact somewhere. The scores are officially embargoed, so we really can't be discussing them. I will tell you that we will continue to be out front and look for ways to give our kids the best possible tools to be successful. The state is releasing some road-maps for the spring tests, and we're going to be proactive and start looking at them this week. Tuesday morning at 7:15, we'll meet with the English & Math departments to formulate a plan. Everyone is welcome, and to be honest the more teachers we have focused on increasing the the DOK, the better our kids will be. We would be foolish not to take advantage of the information the state is giving us. In the meantime, we are going to continue to comb through our data to check for inaccuracies. After that, that's all we can do. We won't be defined by a letter grade determined by a flawed system. We will do everything in our power to prepare our kids for life beyond high school. That's within our control, and that's worth doing.

Work Wakes

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!

Bixler Festival

Local children's artwork will be on display. While listening to Christmas songs sung by local groups, enjoy the artistic talents of the young & old of our community displayed on plywood Holiday cards lit-up for your pleasure. Free refreshments on Fridays & Saturdays. Admission is free (donations accepted). Not only do we have several of our own EN clubs who have contributed to the festivities, but this could satisfy one of your missions!
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Great Expectations

All teachers have high expectations, however, great teachers have even higher expectations for themselves. Great teachers accept the challenge and adapt to the ever changing demands kids bring. They evolve and grow as educators to find new ways to connect and inspire kids.

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.

Good Luck

It has been fun to participate in the Goose Chase! Good luck to those of you in the FRIENDLY competition!

Bring on more missions!


Weekly Duty

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Tech Tidbit

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

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Round Table Cafe Menu: December 11, 2015

Creamy Tomato Tortellini

Basil Garlic Bread

Chocolate Italian Love Cake

For reservations: roundtablecafe@eastnoble.net

Upcoming Events

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