Athenaeum Columns

May 2015

Michelle Staubach Grimes to visit JPII Athenaeum!

Join us Tuesday, May 19th at 4:00 p.m. as Michelle Staubach Grimes and her illustrator, Bill DeOre speak with the JPII community about writing and publishing. Pre-orders available now. They will sign books in advance or at the event. Click on link!

What's a PechaKucha?

PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format - show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you speak along to the images. A few pointers:


  1. Each student stands up for 20 seconds and discusses a vocabulary word on the slide.
  2. Create for test practice.
  3. Allow students to use this method for presentation.


It's fast paced, engaging and different. It might just be what you need to change your teaching/learning up and do something fresh!


Here are a few links to view a PechaKucha:


Database Resources

Students preparing for PSAT, SAT, or ACT? Remember to refer them to the Gale Testing & Education Reference Center. There is an actual online course as well as practice tests and vocabulary practice.


JPIIHS pays for this resource, so please pass it along to students and parents!

In Search of Cool Staff to Send in #Shelfies

Open Mic Friday

Open Mic Friday is each Friday at 8:30 a.m. It is open to students AND staff!


Right: Alex Patterson reads an original short story.

Staff Book Club

Wednesday, May 27th, 4-5pm

900 Coit Rd

Plano, TX

We are reading The Painter by Peter Heller for the May 27th book club.

CardTech at Work!

Natalie Swindle has been integrating technology all school year. Here are just a few highlights of the way she used technology to enhance thinking and learning.


She started her pre- The Great Gatsby study by having students follow a research webquest using Google Forms. Students watched video clips, read articles, browsed links, and answered short questions. This allowed her to have an assessment that would be filtered through a Google Sheet.


Students used the website Scribblemaps to plot the actual places and time periods the actual events took place on a map, commenting how and why places were important to the book.


Once students had background knowledge through the webquest, Natalie used the website Lino It (it's an app as well) to facilitate group discussion by having each group post answers to a group "virtual Post-it". Here they had to show evidence of understanding skills such as style, character development, symbols, and plot. Students were able to observe what other groups were posting, allowing them to review and synthesize their own thoughts against other group comments. Lino It

Staff Book Exchange

Bring a book, leave a book! Please feel free to use the Staff Book Exchange any time! It is located in the Project Room in the Athenaeum.