Blue Jay Broadcast
News and Notes from the Hallways of MHS
Coffee talk with Mr. Guzman
Throughout the year, I believe in setting expectations that surpass what we think we are capable of doing. By doing so, the potential that is in each student and staff member becomes more than just potential, it becomes action and experience. In a blog post for The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Magdalun L. Horton, English 1 teacher at Manassas High School in Memphis, TN shared,
“By setting high expectations for my students, I’m letting them know that I see their potential, and I believe they’re capable of meeting and even exceeding those expectations. When I show them that I believe in them, they start to believe in themselves too, and pursue dreams they had never imagined.”
There are two mind-sets that are common amongst students about their intelligence. First is a fixed mindset and second is a growth mind-set. A fixed mind-set is a static trait, the belief that some people are smart and some are not and nothing will change that. A growth mind-set believes that intelligence is developed over time and can continue to grow through effort and instruction. A statement from Carol S. Dweck’s article Mind-Sets and Equitable Education describes this mind-set as the following: “growth mind-set doesn’t imply that everyone is the same or that anyone could be Einstein, but it does imply that everyone’s intellectual ability can grow—and that even Einstein wasn’t Einstein before he put in years of passionate, relentless effort.”
We encourage our students to challenge themselves and our teachers work to challenge them in the classroom. This year, our teachers have been working hard to bring more technology into the classrooms and it is something we continue to strive to do. Our students have been introduced to new and challenging ideas; when our teachers introduce these new ideas, it pushes our students further in their understanding of class content as well as their ability to problem solve and work collaboratively with other students.
When we set high expectations, our goal is to help our students reach and exceed those expectations. This can be achieved through discussions, in class activities, group projects and independent work. It’s important that students set goals for themselves and then work to surpass their goals and set new ones. We encourage all of our students to have a growth mind-set in all aspects of their lives and we strive to assist them in discovering the “ah-ha” moments now so they can recognize them in the future.
I've discussed decision-making and expectations in my Coffee Talks and with prom and graduation just around the corner, these topics will become much more relevant. I will be sending a special edition of the Blue Jay Broadcast next week that focuses on these events.
News & Notes
The Fashion Club hosted their annual prom dress drive. They accepted gently used Prom, Quinceanera, Sweet 16, tuxedo and suits during the month of April.
Due to the additional snow days used, the school year has been extended until June 20, 2018. SENIOR PARENTS: HS Graduation will be on June 20, 2018.
Final exams will be be June 15th, 18th and 19th.
Congratulations to Dylan Robertson! Dylan won the gold medal at the Special Olympics State Championship in bowling with a 645 series.
Congratulations to Arianna Zepeda and Madison Mondero! Arianna's portrait was the 3rd place winner at the PSA Youth Showcase and qualifies for the national competition. Madison was a finalist at the Best of College and High School Photographer's Forum in conjunction with Fuji Film. Over 12,000 entries were received and Madison will be published in their special edition hard cover book as a finalist.
The second round of JaysFest Coin Wars took place the week after Spring Break. The results are as follows:
4th Place - Seniors receiving 100 Battle of the Classes Points
3rd Place - Freshman receiving 200 Battle of the Classes Points
2nd Place - Sophomores receiving 400 Battle of the Classes Points
...and CONGRATULATIONS to the Junior Class for their 1st Place win, receiving 400 Battle of the Classes Points.
The 2 rounds of Coin Wars this year raised $1,031.70 in coins and $441 in cash for a grand total of $1,472.70 for children with pediatric illness in Middlesex.
The National Honor Society hosted the Mr. MHS competition and raised $800 for JaysFest. Congratulations to the winners:
Mr. MHS 2018 - Tom Rau
Mr. Legs 2018 - Keith Erickson
Mr. Talent 2018 - Dylan Robertson
and the People's Choice - Tom Rau
On April 27th, the Gay Straight Alliance participated in GLSEN's Day of Silence. The Day of Silence bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment and effective reponses. The goal of the Day of Silence is to make schools safer for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.
Each year, students audition and are accepted for Middlesex County's Arts High program. Student selected attend classes one afternoon a week for 14 weeks . The students selected attend classes one afternoon a week with distinguished teaching artists. During this year's Arts High program, one of our students, Alex Arroyo's photography was selected for the traveling exhibit and will be displayed in Middlesex County Libraries.
Did You Know?
Shout Out to Mr. Ianiero & Mr. Parenti from our Facilities Department for their assistance with Mr. McCarthy's Physics class egg drop activity.
Shout Out to Ms. Ullrich, Ms. Barnes, Ms. Nelson, Mr. Chismar and Russell for judging the Mr. MHS contest.
Ms. Clark's Ceramics Student Work
Mr. Dow's Art Students
Rovic Escobar (Grade 9)
Mallory Devine (Grade 12)
Medium: Pen & Ink
Yamileth Pascacio (Grade 12)
Bird's Eye View
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