The Raider Professional
What's Going On In Raider Nation Vol. 2 Issue 27
What Is Visible Learning?
Visible Learning is a comprehensive research-based educational framework developed by educational researcher John Hattie. The framework is based on the results of over 1,500 meta-analyses involving over 300 million students and represents the largest evidence-based research ever conducted into what works best in schools to improve student learning and achievement.
The central idea behind Visible Learning is that in order to improve student learning, teachers must focus on the learning process itself, and make it visible to students. This means that teachers must provide students with clear learning goals, help them understand the success criteria, and provide feedback that is specific, timely, and actionable.
The Visible Learning framework identifies over 250 different factors that impact student learning, ranging from the impact of feedback and assessment to the effects of class size and homework. Hattie's research suggests that some of the most effective strategies for improving student learning include:
- Providing feedback that is timely, specific, and actionable
- Setting clear and challenging learning goals
- Using high-impact teaching strategies such as direct instruction, reciprocal teaching, and formative assessment
- Encouraging student engagement and self-regulation
- Creating a positive classroom climate that supports learning
Overall, Visible Learning is a powerful framework that provides teachers with a research-based roadmap for improving student learning, and has been widely adopted in schools around the world.
As professional educators, we must use Visible Learning to set the stage, which gives our students the best opportunity to go out and make a difference in our ever changing world.
We are W.J. Keenan High School. Home of the Champion Raiders!
There are a few things that we will need to make sure we are doing to keep the natural order and flow of our school:
- School starts at 8:00 a.m. Remind students they need to report to class before then to avoid a tardy.
- Stand at your door during the change of each class.
- You must not leave your students unsupervised for any reason.
- If you would like to have an end of year class gathering, food must be purchased and packaged to be consumed. Students/teachers may not bring food prepared at home.
- Please do not allow students into the hallway without a pass.
- Please do not allow students that are not on your roster in your classroom. Students need to be in their scheduled classroom to receive credit. You are accountable for every student in your room.
- You may only sign out to leave on your planning period and/or with administrator approval in an emergency circumstance if you do not have a scheduled absence.
- If you are absent from school, it is your professional responsibility to input the appropriate information in Frontline in a timely manner. Substitutes are limited. Please check Munis prior to doing this so you are aware of your available days for an absence.
Raider Dates to Remember
Monday, February 20, 2023
- District Professional Development Day (Make sure to check your email for details.)
- “If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.” —Michele Ruiz
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
- Faculty Meeting @ 3:30 p.m.
- Girls Playoff BBall Vs. Silver Siler Bluff (Away) @ 7:00 p.m.
- “If something is important enough, even if the odds are stacked against you, you should still do it.” —Elon Musk
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
- Boys Playoff BBall Vs. Columbia (Home) @ 7:00 p.m.
- “Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it away from you.” ―Mark Cuban
Thursday, February 23, 2023
- “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” ―Kurt Cobain
Friday, February 24, 2023
- “Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit.” ―Kamari aka Lyrikal
Check Out The Details of FFA Week!
Do Your Habits Match Your Goals? - Kimberly Jeter. Assistant Principal
As we are quickly making our way through the 22-23 school year; conversations with our 9th grade students have centered on this simple, but complex question, "Do your habits match your goals?"
The Raider Freshman Academy, emphasizes the importance of positive habits and character traits such as a strong work ethic, resilience, perseverance, self-determination, and self-regulation. High school presents all students, especially 9th graders with opportunities to grow in each of these areas. High school studies as well as life will present both successes and failures. As we approach the 4th quarter it is my continued task and mission to work together with Raider Academy teachers to teach, cultivate, and foster the growth of these skills to ensure our students have the best shot at academic, emotional, and behavioral success.
Milaysia Fulwiley gets her 3,000 points ball!
In her final home game at W.J. Keenan, senior Milaysia Fulwiley went out in style as the Raiders rolled into the third round of the 2A playoffs.
Fulwiley goes over the 3,000 point mark for her career and at halftime, she received some special gear.
CHERYL LAWSON-WILSON, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR INSTRUCTION
Welcome to another week in Raider Nation!
On Thursday, February 16, 2023 we will be conducting Edgenuity training in the Lecture Hall during planning periods. Please report to training for the first hour of your planning.
Friday, February 17th is an early release day and Monday, February 20th school will be closed.
Trackers should be set up in Mastery Connect for teachers that have EOC courses by February 24th in preparation for State Practice Testing in March. More information will be available to EOC teachers in an email.
If you are interested in earning endorsement for AP classes, please see the following link: https://glasscock.rice.edu/ap-summer-institute#workshops
If you have students that registered for the SAT on March 1, please share this resource that they may use as daily practice to prepare: https://www.khanacademy.org/
If you have students that registered for the ACT on March 7, please share this resource that they may use as daily practice to prepare: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/test-preparation/free-act-test-prep.html
If you are teaching an EOC course, you do not have to wait to expose your students to the Online Tools Training. Please be sure to follow the links that will help you prepare for testing.
Gradebooks should be updated weekly so parents and students know their academic progress.
Dates to Remember:
SAT - March 1 in the Lecture Hall
ACT - March 7 in the Lecture Hall
End of 3rd quarter - March 10
End of Course Testing - May 1 - May 19 in the small gym
AP Calculus Test - May 8
Spring STAR testing - May 10-24
· Prior to interims, you need to have at least 7 grades reported in your gradebook. Prior to the end of quarter, you need to have at least 15 grades reported.
· Emergency lesson plans with five days of lessons should be available to your department leader. In your plans, you should have attendance rosters and class procedures accessible.
· Progress Learning (formerly USA Test Prep) is available for use. You should be able to use your login credentials from USA Test Prep. Let me know if you need support.
· If you are placing items outside of your classroom for display, please be advised that the standard addressed MUST accompany student work.
· As we plan, we need to make sure that we are addressing the Depth Of Knowledge levels in our lessons. An easy way to break this down is by having students answer each of these questions.
1. What are we learning?
2. How are we learning it?
3. Why are we learning it?
4. How can this learning be extended?
1. Standards & Learning intentions should be addressed prior to the start of the lesson. They should be written AND communicated verbally as well as explicitly.
2. Gradual Release (I do, We do, You do)
3. Questions that move through different levels of thinking
4. Activities are aligned to standards and age-appropriate
5. Monitoring student progress and class management (moving about the room)
Have an outstanding week!
Chrisean Oree Wins Region 4 2A Player of the year
Raiders Nation Participates In The Super Bowl of Caring!
On last Friday, classes competed by donating canned goods to the district's fundraiser to help the needy. Mr. Hankins announced the leaders throughout the dat to motivate our entire Raider Family to give more.
Support has been awesome so far and there is still time to contribute to the Souper Bowl of Caring!
Shalise Wine, Magnet Lead Teacher
The Raider Academy is Coming
Changes are coming in 2023-2024 school year. We are now a school within a school. We are called The Raider Academy. You will be receiving a letter discussing all of the changes that are coming up by the end of February.
We are currently looking for students to participate on our VEX Robotics team please see Mrs. Wine if interested.
We have been invited to attend camp at the University of South Carolina's Hospiltality program over the summer for two days. If you are interested in this amazing opportunity please reach out to Mrs. Wine.
Next Magnet Student Meeting: February 24, 2023 at 9:00 AM
2 guest speakers and Young Life will join us
Next Parent Magnet Meeting: Monday February 27, 2023 at 5:30PM
- Minimum attendance issues
Hey, wjkeenan Raiders! Make sure to take advantage of the 1st window of 3rd quarter content recovery! Teachers, make sure to inform your students and get them set up to make improvements.
We Are Offering 3rd Quarter Content Recovery!
Absence Reporting/Morning Routine
Teachers and staff, please help us keep our students and school safe by reporting to work by 7:30 (morning duty) or 7:45 am. Please be at your doors ready to receive students by 7:50 am.
Please be reminded if you are going to be absent, report your absence by:
1. Submitting your absence in Frontline (Aesop).
2. Sending an email that you will be out.
a. To: Mr. Hankins
b. CC: Ms. Erving and Mrs. McIntee
c. Subject: Your Name Absent Date of Absence (Ex: Jabar Hankins Absent 1/16/23)
3. Calling the school (if an emergency happens on your way to work).
Substitutes and staff members covering classes should arrive by 7:45 am.
Thanks for your cooperation and for all you do for our students.
Attendance Recovery (Seat Time)
Please be reminded that the deadline to make up attendance recovery (seat time) hours is Saturday, February 4. After this date, FAs (Failure due to Absence) will become a grade of F in students’ historical grades, if they have not completed seat time for their courses. This will mean students will have to re-take some courses to satisfy graduation/promotion requirements. This may also mean that some students may not graduate on time or may not be promoted to the next grade level.
Students who have seat time hours to make up may see Mrs. Wine, Mrs. DuBard or Mr. Hankins to get information for sign up and completion. Attendance recovery hours are offered Monday-Friday from 3:30 pm-5:30 pm and Saturdays (January 28 and February 4) from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.
Let's Talk Tutoring - Jabar Hankins, Assistant Principal
We strive to ensure that all our Raiders are successful and receive their high school diplomas. To help reach these goals, we offer our students ways to achieve academic success both during and after school.
Students or parents may sign up for after school tutoring to receive support with their studies.
Students can sign up for tutoring by using the following link: https://forms.office.com/r/hzBTPzSQMa
Our student athletes are automatically eligible for Athletic Tutoring. This program meets Tuesday-Thursday immediately at the end of the school day. In addition to Athletic Tutoring, we also offer two other means of school support.
Raider Ready Tutoring is offered to students in grades 9 and 10. Tutoring is offered after school and offers help in core subjects (English, math, science and social studies). Raider Ready meets Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30. Students receive an after school meal and bus transportation home (with the exception of Magnet students).
Raider Priority Tutoring is available to all students in grades 9-12. This program offers students some flexibility in study support, as students may choose face to face assistance, or may select the virtual (online) option to receive help from home. Assistance is offered in English, math, social studies and science, Tuesday-Thursday afternoons. Face to face hours are from 3:30-4:30. Transportation is NOT provided. Students/parents must provide transportation home. If students do not have transportation, they may choose the online option, which meets Tuesday-Thursday from 4:30-6:30.
We are committed to offering as many avenues to success as possible. Students may talk with Coach S. Gilley (Athletic Tutoring), Mrs. S. DuBard (Raider Ready Tutoring) or Mrs. S. Wine or Mr. J. Hankins (Raider Priority Tutoring) with questions or for sign up information.
Use The QR Code Below to Sign Up For Tutoring!
Professional Development at W.J. Keenan!
Notes for Raider Teachers!
Feedback From Observations: Focus on engaging students and having them do the work. Rather than standing up and writing on the smartboard as you are explaining, have students come up to the board and share what they know. Put students in groups and give meaningful activities. Use balls and other manipulatives to identify students for a response. Make these engaging strategies apart of your daily routine.
Handling Conflict: Please talk with our students about how to properly handle conflict. Encourage them to reach out to adults in the building to get help with situations that can potentially get them in trouble. Please convey the importance of working together resolve problems before they become bigger issues. It takes a village!
Student Work: Please start posting your best student work inside and outside your classroom in the hallways. You may also share by tagging WJK on social media.
Ask Yourself: What is the hook for today’s lesson that will keep them engaged? Is there an opportunity for my students to get up and move around with my lesson? How am I going to check for understanding? Am I giving students the opportunity to show me they have a grasp of the content? Am I using the DLE to enhance the lesson or am I simply giving electronic skill sheets?
Signing In and Out: If you need to leave campus for an emergency, please get approval from an administrator, and sign out in the main office. We are professionals.
PTSO: Please consider joining our Parent Teacher Student Association. It is a big part of communicating to our parents that we want to build a stronger partnership this year. The application is in the main office with Ms. Golston.
W.J. Keenan High School
The mission of W. J. Keenan High School is to provide engaging educational opportunities through a rigorous curriculum, cutting edge technology, and partnerships to extend to our diverse community and produce first class citizens who will contribute to the present and excel in the future. WE ARE KEENAN!
Our vision is to create a nationally known high school that is highly regarded for its academic excellence, leadership in cutting edge technology, science, environmental, and career based programs. A high school that builds strong relationships with all stakeholders and continues a culture where the expectation is to lead, set the example, and raise standards for all to follow.
Location: 361 Pisgah Church Road, Columbia, SC, USA