BCHS Staff Newsletter

November 8, 2015

Week in Review

Hopefully, you had a nice relaxing weekend and those that are hunters had a good opening day!

I thought that the kids enjoyed Friday's incentive assembly, and it was good to see them having fun. Our numbers we down a little bit from the first incentive, but hopefully they will pick back up for November. Please remind them of the criteria and that it restarts each month. If you have a good idea for the November reward please let me know.

Upon reviewing grades this past week (with report cards), please stay after those kids who failed for you during first marking period. There should already have been some contact with the parents to hopefully get them more involved to help with this as well. One thing I noticed over the summer is that most of our kids taking summer courses (they failed during the year) don't always pass them. Our best hope in most cases is to do what we can to try and help them pass the first time through. These are also ones that may need a reminder about the Homework Help Lab.

Congrats to the Varsity Volleyball team on earning another title this past week. They have won 2 Regional Titles in a row! This is a huge accomplishment (since they are the only two in school history for volleyball), and they are one of the last 8 teams still alive in Class C. They have a huge game on Tuesday at 7pm at Lapeer vs New Lothrup. I will again be having a spectator bus going, and it will be free to ride the bus (I told the kids I would like to sell 15 of the "Inferno" shirts to help cover this cost). If the girls can advance they will play in Friday's State Semi-Finals in Battle Creek.

Link to Volleyball Bracket

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Title 1 Sheets

You should have turned in at least one week of your Title 1 sheets at this point. Please make sure these are on time, since Kris does have time built into her schedule to input these for us.

Paper Update

We met last week to discuss the issue of having "very limited" copy paper left. We typically order this in the spring (around spring break), however, we will need to place an order earlier than that this year. I have Robin checking with companies on prices, and will have that sorted out as soon as I can. There is some copy paper left in the office for all of us, however, it is not too much. If you need it for an activity, in class, you may use it. Remember some of the other paper saving strategies we discussed in last week's staff meeting as well.
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One thing to think about as we move forward into the 2nd marking period is: What type of things am I taking grades on? Make sure you are using various types of assignments to comprise your classroom grades. Tests and quizzes should account for some portion of your grades. You should also be taking into account different types of homework/classroom activities. I have recommended to some teachers to grade their "Bell Ringers". I suggested this either because it helps their class get settled or because the bell ringer was well thought out to get the kids engaged right when they walked in the door.

One complaint I have gotten about grades is: "What is this assignment?" If I look at an assignment, in Skyward, make sure there is enough of a description so the student/parent knows what it is.

School Improvement Conference

I will be out on Tuesday with Corrine, Sharron, and Sean to present at the School Improvement Conference. This is the same one that Corrine and Barry presented at last year, and it was a great honor to be invited to present again. That is a direct reflection of everything all of you do every single day in your classrooms.

This year the four of us will be presenting "High School Success by Ensuring a Solid Foundation". This presentation looks at how well our two buildings work together and the impact this has on our high school scores.

Grant Writing Committee

Haven't heard from many of you about this (Just Roy), so I am going to leave it in here for one more week. If you are interested in helping with this please let me know. Thanks.

Upcoming Events/Reminders

  • November 16-20--Bus Duty L. Haxer
  • November 16--Student of the Week 9th Grade--S. Oligney
  • November 17--Neil Gone for School Improvement Conference
  • November 17--Varsity Volleyball Quarterfinal game at Lapeer @ 7pm. Spectator bus is free and will leave at 5:50.
  • November 18--Directed Study 7th Hour
  • November 23--Board Meeting
  • November 24--Tornado Drill @ 9:30
  • November 25-27--Thanksgiving Break

Homework Help Lab

Homework Help Lab will be on Tuesday's and Thursday's. Please announce this schedule to your students.

Tuesday/Thursday Mornings in Lori's new room. 7:15-8:00 am

This will cause some students to be past the double doors, but Jesse is there monitoring this and will let them up if needed. Also, any other teachers that have students coming for help in the morning, just have them let Jesse know when they ask to go up early. This will not be an issue, and I encourage you to work with your struggling students.

Tuesday/Thursday Afternoons in Library. 3:15-4:00 pm

Jarrod will be running the morning sessions and Lou will be running the afternoon sessions. Any other teachers are also welcome to help with this. Thanks.

Magic Club--Tuesdays and Thursdays

Super Smash Bros Club--Fridays

Parting Toughts

This week I would like you to take some time to look at students who are struggling in your classroom, and talk to your peers about what they may be doing differently in their classroom. If you just continue to try the same thing over and over, you will probably get the same result. If we expect a student's behavior or grades to improve, maybe we need to change our approach.

The reason I say this is that some of you seem to struggle reaching the same students, but they do very well in other classes. So find that class they do well in, and pick the brain of that teacher. At the end of the day we are all in this together, and we need to do what's best for kids.