Steele High School Newsletter
Hello Comet Nation,
We are halfway through October and the staff and students at Steele are going strong! Again, this is in large part to everyone doing their part in making good decisions.
As we progress through October, we are seeing fall activities and athletics finishing up and winter programs beginning. Our theater has started rehearsing for “I Hate Shakespeare!” It is a comedy by Steph DeFerie and should be made available to the public on December 5th via ShowShare through Broadway.
Thank you again for your continued support and do not hesitate to call the main office with any comments or questions you have as we continue through the 2020-2021 school year!
2nd Trimester Campus Selection
It is time for campus selection for the second trimester! The Amherst Schools' 6-12 Campus Selection Form is open until Sunday, October 25th. Students and parents need to complete the form to select a campus (onCampus or eCampus) for the second trimester. If we do not receive a selection, the student will remain in their current campus program.
Please visit the district's Campus Selection Webpage and this 6-12 Campus Selection Consideration document for more information. The deadline to submit your selection is midnight on Sunday, October 25th.
Picture Retake Day
Picture Retake Day is only for students who did not get their picture taken or anyone who would like to retake their purchased September photo.
Mrs. Loushin, Last Names A - G
Ms. Rigda, Last Names H - O
Mr. Harcula, Last Names P - Z
Family First Night
End of Course Exams
Important Upcoming Dates
Sunday, October 25th: Trimester 2 Campus Selection Form Due
Monday, October 26th: Pajama Day
Tuesday, October 27th: Purple, Orange, and Black Day
Wednesday, October 28th: Festive Sock Day
Thursday, October 29th: Flannel Shirt Day
Friday, October 30th: Costume Day
Tuesday, November 3rd: Remote Learning Day
Friday, November 6th: Picture Retake Day from 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Wednesday, November 11th: Family First Night
Tuesday, November 17th: End of First Trimester
Wednesday, November 25th - Friday, November 27th: Thanksgiving Break
Monday, November 30th: Algebra 1, Part 1 End of Course Exam
Tuesday, December 1st: Algebra 1, Part 2 End of Course Exam
Wednesday, December 2nd: Geometry, Part 1 End of Course Exam
Thursday, December 3rd: Geometry, Part 2 End of Course Exam
Friday, December 4th: Biology End of Course Exam
Monday, December 7th: English Language Arts 2, Part 1 End of Course Exam
Tuesday, December 8th: English Language Arts 2, Part 2 End of Course Exam
Wednesday, December 9th: American History End of Course Exam
Thursday, December 10th: Government End of Course Exam
Monday, December 21st - Monday, January 4th: Winter Break
Social Studies Department
Seth Lyons is placed with Kevin Collins teaching American History. He is a graduate from Vermilion High School and currently coaches football and track there.
Diana Beursken is placed with Bill Walker teaching Financial Literacy. She is a graduate from Firelands High School and already has a finance degree.
The social studies department is hosting the 100 Years of Change Exhibit which is currently displayed in the High School lobby. It has been 100 years since the 19th amendment secured voting rights for women in the United States. Being a presidential election year we were even more excited to emphasize the importance of voting for our students. The exhibit came to us from the Oberlin Historical Society and is sponsored by the Ohio Historical Connection.
Her advanced English 9 class just finished part 1 of Homer's Odyssey. They conducted research about the current treatment and experiences of today's veterans and connected their findings to Odysseus' affliction following the Trojan War. They also analyzed rhetoric within the book excerpt Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming. Students created an Annotated Bibliography of the sources they will use in their upcoming Informational Synthesis Essay discussing the trends of PTSD (treatment and experiences) throughout history.
We are into the eighth week of the trimester and the attendance rate for math is over 95% most days. eCampus and onCampus teachers are striving to provide quality learning for all of our students.
The AP Calculus class is wrapping up Integration Fundamentals after spending the first six weeks on Limits, the Derivative, and their many applications. Applications for integrals are coming next.
Senior Math students working on similar figures took pictures of themselves next to very tall objects. They then used ratio and proportion to find the height of the object. It was a fun way to get students out of the classroom and apply what they have learned.
The freshmen class have been great self-advocates in Algebra 1.
On October 6th, Chemistry classes skyped with Dr. JP Mayer, a chemist in the United Kingdom, who is analyzing microplastics found in ice cores to see if there is a correlation between their quantities and climate change.
Physics classes have been studying momentum and impulse. They recently completed a lab to learn that increasing time during an impact reduces the force of impact (F x t = change of momentum). Students applied this lab to seat belts and airbags.
Mrs. McNeal's Biology class has been working on cell division. Each student used their own Oreos to model meiosis and mitosis.
Astronomy just finished the Night Sky unit with the Star Phases Art Projects.
Ms. Bogg's Graphic Arts design students have started working in PhotoShop. They are using pictures of Steele's campus for their first project.
Mrs. Holp's Child Development class had a "real-life" experience with their Baby Think it Over activity. Students took home smart babies to experience all the ups and downs of caring for a baby for the weekend.
World Language Department
Learning a new language is not just learning vocabulary! There is a world to explore consisting of culture, sites, and history! This is evidenced with what is happening in the World language department's current lessons.
In French 1, students have been taking virtual trips to French-speaking nations around the world. The students were able to "walk" on the unfinished bridge of Avignon in Southern France, admire exhibits displayed inside the Papal Palace, and see aerial views of medieval buildings. Using the interactive features of Google Earth, the students learned new French vocabulary and numerous cultural and historical facts about Avignon. Using their newly acquired information, students created a short presentation that included vocabulary, audio components, and digital images.
While in Spanish 2, students are examining the effects of the pandemic in Latin America.
This ties with the unit they are studying about how to express emotions and feelings. This activity also helps to reinforce the higher numbers they have learned and allows students to practice them in real-life context.
onCampus Spanish 1 has been incorporating Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) with their language development. This week students learned about the famous Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera to assist the students in the lesson on how to express likes and dislikes and the grammatical structure that is used in Spanish. The students also watched an authentic musical video, "Me Gustas tú" by Manu Chau, a Spanish vocalist, to help reinforce the grammatical structure and vocabulary they have been studying. Students now have to create their own Me gusta video to implement the grammar and vocabulary they have learned and to develop good pronunciation and speaking skills.
eCampus students have been putting their Spanish skills to work and celebrating Hispanic Heritage month as well. All students are involved in "Lococtubre 2020" where they are listening to 16 songs from Latino/Spanish artists and filling out a bracket (like March Madness). They have to know facts about the artists and work with the lyrics from the songs in a variety of activities. On October 19th, the voting will begin for the best song. Prizes for the winners will be mailed to the students.