Friday Focus Apr24

Learning for Life

Testing Season

The next few weeks will be filled with end-of-year testing here at BHS. I know we have worked very hard to ensure our students have learned what they need to be successful in our various disciplines. Whether we like it or not, state testing is important to how we are perceived so we certainly want to do our very best.

I would encourage you to be positive with your students about testing and stay actively engaged throughout your sessions. Much preparation has gone into preparing for the tests. On the academic side, you've worked all year with your students. But Michelle and countless others have also contributed to creating an organized, well-designed testing environment.

Special thanks also to those who are proctoring the ACT on Tuesday. We appreciate your willingness to help out with this new format. I am confident our students will do very well.

Whole Faculty Meeting

Our final Whole Faculty meeting of the year will be Wednesday, May 6th at 7:30AM. That will be in the heart of Teacher Appreciation Week so we will have a celebratory breakfast in conjunction with the meeting.

The agenda for the meeting will include the following topics: Think-Aloud reading strategy follow-up, required PD survey completion, building checkout procedures and other topics as needed.

Commencement speaker tryouts had also been previously scheduled for May 6th. That event is now scheduled for May 13th.

Finding margin in yor life

If you get a chance, I would encourage you to read the article about education in Finland. I'm not asking you to read it because we want to be exactly like the Fins, but I thought it was very interesting look at their culture.

Finland has consistently been among the highest ranked nations on student achievement, and yet their approach to schooling is contrary to the more, more, more approach that seems rampant here in the States.

The article led me to this reflection. We must find margin in our lives and not push ourselves to the brink. At the same time, we should consistently strive to increase our capacity for influence. My point is that we are consistently growing but not feeling like we have to take on everything all at once.

Faculty Representatives at Graduation

Please discuss with your departments who will participate in commencement. We always try to have teachers from every department included in the commencement ceremony wearing the academic regalia.
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Finals Schedule

Since graduation has moved back a week or so this year it has caused us to rethink the schedule for seniors down the stretch. Their last regular academic day will be Tuesday, May 19th.

Here is the finals schedule we've developed: Finals Schedule Spring 2015

Friday, May 15th

Senior Finals Even Classes

Monday, May 18th

Finals Review Odd Classes (all students)

Tuesday, May 19th

Finals Odd Classes (all students)

Wednesday, May 20th

Senior Scholarship Recognition 9:30-10:30AM

Senior Brick Painting

Thursday, May 21st

Yearbook Pick Up

Senior Brick Painting

Friday, May 22nd

Graduation Practice 9:00AM

Senior Brick Painting

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. -Jane Goodall

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