Eric's TOHS Weekly Update
For the week of: January 12-18
From Eric's Desk:
Robert Haar sent me a great bit of info over the holiday break, and I'd love to share it. The podcast discusses "ninth grade shock," and the reason why we see a significant struggles among our ninth graders:
"When students enter ninth grade at a traditional high school, they experience “ninth grade shock.” Kids experience a "dramatic drop" in their academic performance once they transition to high school, according to research conducted by Nikolas Pharris-Ciurej while at the University of Washington.
At Hillsdale High School in San Mateo, California, educators are combatting “ninth grade shock” by developing the kind of community kids don’t want to miss. To create this environment, the public school applies strategies that are centered around relationship-building and meaningful work. Students enter the school belonging to a "house," which is comprised of about 110 students, to help carve out smaller learning communities on this campus of about 1,400 kids. Students learn four core subjects (math, social science, English Language Arts and science) together within their house, and those subjects are taught by the same four teachers for both ninth and tenth grade. Students also stay in the same advisory for both years."
Ironically, I have two connections to Hillsdale: first, their house system is very close to the kind of small school structure that I worked with in Newberg, Oregon. Second, I actually was considering applying for a job at Hillsdale at the time that I was hired to work at San Marino. Consequently, I did a lot of research on their school and can say with certainty that it absolutely has made a difference.
Here's a link to the full article and podcast. Please take some time and give it your consideration. I'd love to hear what you think - feel free to send me your thoughts.
Let's have a great finals week.
Sustainable Outdoor Learning Environment (SOLE)
Monday, January 13, 2020 – Finals Review
Period 1: 7:40 – 8:15 (35 min)
Period 2: 8:20 – 8:55 (35 min)
Period 3: 9:00 – 9:35 (35 min)
Period 4: 9:40 – 10: 15 (35 min)
Break: 10:15 – 10:30 (15 min)
Period 5: 10:35 – 11:10 (35 min)
Period 6: 11:15 – 11:50 (35 min)
Period 7: 11:55 – 12:30 (35 min)
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - Finals
Period 1: 7:20 – 9:20 (120 min)
Break: 9:20 – 9:40 (20 min)
Period 2: 9:45 – 11:45 (120 min)
Lunch: 11:45 – 12:20 (40 min)
Period 7: 12:25 – 2:25 (120 min)
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Period 3: 8:15 – 10:15 (120 min)
Break: 10:15 – 10:25 (10 min)
Period 4: 10:30 – 12:30 (120 min)
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Period 5: 8:15 – 10:15 (120 min)
Break: 10:15 – 10:25 (10 min)
Period 6: 10:30 – 12:30 (120 min)
Reserving the CoRE Lab
The Center of Research Excellence (CoRE) is an academic space located in rooms A4 (Conference Room) and A5 (Classroom). To schedule time for the lab, you can email Lisa Chow, CoRE Lab Manager, at email@example.com. Please include your name, your class name, date, and class period(s) you would like to reserve. Lisa will confirm each reservation and you will be able to pick up the room key from Lynne Hill.
I'll be able to track usage through June in order to determine how often it is used so we can make a decision next fall on whether or not we want to continue our subscription. Once we complete the subscription process, I'll send out an email on how to log in and how to use it.
PTSA Membership and Grants
Grants are still available!!
Should you want to submit a mini-grant, you can find the application here:
Complete the grant application and email a scanned copy to firstname.lastname@example.org. Typically, grants have a limit of $500. Grants will be available until the fund is depleted or until the May 18 deadline (whichever comes first).
**Note, you’ll need to be a member to apply.
Thanks to all those who took the time to sign up for PTSA. It's never too late to join.
Membership is only $10. You can sign up here: http://www.tohsptsa.com/membership.html
The Environmental club is finally ready to resume the Recycling program on campus starting tomorrow. 🙂
The NEW recycle day will be FRIDAYS!
On Friday (tomorrow), please place your paper and cans/bottles bin outside your room at the BEGINNING of 5th period.
We appreciate your help and support with the recycle program. We know that custodial has been emptying the cans and they have been asked to stop and leave the recycle for our club to remove on Fridays.
Please remind students where your recycle bins are in your classroom and not to through food or trash into them.
If for some reason you need a new bin please send me your room number and which bin you need replaced.
Attached is a reminder on what to recycle and what not to recycle.
Thank you and Happy Recycling!
Jan 15: No Meetings – Finals Week
Jan 22: Faculty Meeting - WASC Work
Jan 29: PLC – DC to determine plan
Feb 5: Dept. Mtg
Feb 12: Faculty Meeting - WASC Work
Feb 19: TOUR - Suicide Prevention Training
Feb 26: PLC - DC to determine plan