ENHS Staff Notes
January 31, 2016
I just want to send a quick THANK YOU, for your help getting the Stress Test taken care of. I don't have the official numbers from the first session, but I think we had a completion rate around 74%. This time around, we made a more concentrated effort using what we learned and we had 95% of our kids complete the test with success. It just demonstrates, that when we pay close attention to whatever it is we are doing, we get better results. Thanks for staying on top of this. When we go live later in the year, our kids will be better prepared.
Greetings from the APC!
Glass of water & the end of the trimester
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question.
Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?" Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything."
Remember to put the glass down.
(Courtesy of Jimmy Harmon)
Put the glass down! With the stresses of the end of the trimester quickly approaching, I want to encourage you not to hold on to the glass of water any longer than necessary. Yes, the end of the trimester is stressful for everyone. All of the sudden students (and their parents) have an interest in retesting and finishing make-up work so that they can pass the class. You are grading and wrapping up this trimester all the while looking ahead to how you need to prepare for 3rd trimester. They will get through, you will get through and we will get through. It’s who we are and what we do!
February 17 8th grade parent meeting
February 18-19 Finals
February 22 First day of the 3rd trimester
February 23 Fire drill 3rd period
Teaching Digital Citizenship
I came across a great article the other day regarding the “why” of teaching digital citizenship. The article includes an amazing infographic that mirrors the actions of a good citizen to digital citizenship. Take a few minutes and read the article: http://tinyurl.com/prez4nm
Try working in lessons about being good digital citizens. They don’t have to be stand-alone lessons, but simple little blurbs here and there. These lessons can even masquerade as part of your content lesson. For example, when students are creating presentations – show them how to make sure they give credit to the source where they find the information. Make a bibliographic page/slide a part of their grade. When teaching about job resumes, include the fact that many employers are now looking at social media sites to get an idea of what the applicant is like in “real life.” Use this as a way to give a small lesson about making smart choices when it comes to social media.
Teaching digital citizenship doesn’t have to take up a lot of time. But it is essential to making sure that the students we are teaching become not only good citizens but good digital citizens as well.
Knight in Training News
Third Place! Congratulations to ENHS for being third in the district when it comes to the percentage of staff with a completed KIT Backpack. In addition, we have two of the top 3 teachers in the district when it comes to number of badges! Kelsey Mapes has 10 badges while Nick Maksimchuk has 8! Keep earning those badges and working towards earning your Backpacks. The competitive part of me would like the HS to be in first place! I believe we can do it! If you need help working through one of the modules for KIT, let me know and we can sit down and get you started!
NEW badges earned include:
Tanya Evard – SnagIt, PowerTeacher
Amy Dewitt – Blogger
Michele Schmidt – 6+1 Writing Traits
Kim Luke-Scherer – SnagIt, PowerTeacher
Kelsey Mapes – 10 Ways to Increase Student Engagement
January 26, 2016 - 4:30pm
Building unoccupied – practice/activities in gym and fine arts areas/ not audited
Much better than the last audit! Thanks!!
- Computer on in 414
- Monitors on in 004, 019
- Unoccupied power strips on in 030, 103, 202, 414, 513, 511 and 616
- Projectors on standby and drawing power in 104 and 513
- VCR on in 513
- Speakers on in 004
These little things become a part of the recent increase of energy use in the building!
Thanks for every effort, large and small, to save energy
Site Review Team Member Wanted
AdvancEd is currently in need of a Team Member to participate in an upcoming External Review. The review is at South Side High School in Fort Wayne, and the dates of the review are April 12-13. All training is online, and 40 PGPs are available. As anyone who has been on a team can attest, this is a great learning experience, and helps build their capacity as an improvement team leader. The host school pays for mileage, meals and accommodations. Team members cannot have any conflict of interest with the school (having worked there, having close friends or relatives working there, etc.) The team meets the evening before the review begins. If you, or any of your colleagues, are interested, please let me know and I will forward the materials needed to start the process.