#ERPoo 9-16-16

Performing Arts Center Grand Opening - A Night to Remember!

Grand Opening Video Highlights


Department Spotlight - Family and Consumer Science

Jennifer Highfill - Department Chairperson

Years in education? 9

Year at KHS? 9

Student Involvement? FCCLA and Chief Mentors

Hobbies? Spending time with my family, watching Arkansas and Kansas City football, craft projects, and shopping for antiques.

Becky Cox

Years in education? 8

Year at KHS? 4

Student Involvement? Fashion Club

Hobbies? Spending time with my family, Pinterest projects, playing the piano, baking, watching documentaries, and enjoying local cuisine.

Stephanie House

Years in education? 3

Year at KHS? 3

Student Involvement? Helps with FCCLA

Hobbies? Family Time! Watching my kids participate in sports.

Amy Peck (Soon to be Barron)

Years in education? 6

Year at KHS? 4

Student Involvement? Golden Girls sponsor and Youth Against Cancer Club.

Hobbies? Hunting and anything else involving the outdoors, reading, and singing.

Student Voice - Questions to ask our students

What to Ask?

  1. What would be the most useful thing for me to know about you as a student?
  2. What do you wish was different about school?
  3. Describe a moment in school last year when you felt really engaged. Why do you think that moment was such a positive one for you?
  4. What do you think teachers think about you, and what do you wish they'd think about you?
  5. Tell me about a teacher who you feel knew you well. What kind of student were you in his or her class? What did he or she do to get to know you?
  6. If you could build a school, what would it look like?
  7. What do you wish I would ask you so that I can be a good teacher for you?
  8. What makes a weekend day great for you?

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From Your Friendly Library Media Specialist (Librarians)

Looking for way beyond worksheets to keep students engaged while using videos in class? Do you want to have them take notes as part of flipped learning?

The three video tools recommended here allow students to take notes, have discussions, and utilize their google drive accounts to keep their notes and file of work. For more information and video guides check out these guides from This blog is a great resource for new tech tools, updates to older tools, and ideas.

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John Hattie - Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning

5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

1. Teacher Clarity

When a teacher begins a new unit of study or project with students, she clarifies the purpose and learning goals, and provides explicit criteria on how students can be successful. It's ideal to also present models or examples to students so they can see what the end product looks like.

2. Classroom Discussion

Teachers need to frequently step offstage and facilitate entire class discussion. This allows students to learn from each other. It's also a great opportunity for teachers to formatively assess (through observation) how well students are grasping new content and concepts.

3. Feedback

How do learners know they are moving forward without steady, consistent feedback? They often won't. Along with individual feedback (written or verbal), teachers need to provide whole-group feedback on patterns they see in the collective class' growth and areas of need. Students also need to be given opportunities to provide feedback to the teacher so that she can adjust the learning process, materials, and instruction accordingly.

4. Formative Assessments

In order to provide students with effective and accurate feedback, teachers need to assess frequently and routinely where students are in relation to the unit of study's learning goals or end product (summative assessment). Hattie recommends that teachers spend the same amount of time on formative evaluation as they do on summative assessment.

5. Metacognitive Strategies

Students are given opportunities to plan and organize, monitor their own work, direct their own learning, and to self-reflect along the way. When we provide students with time and space to be aware of their own knowledge and their own thinking, student ownership increases.

Principal Student Advisory Board - Feedback


  • College and Career Focus
  • A variety of courses offered to prepare students for careers
  • School spirit
  • Teachers passionate about teaching and learning
  • Kickapoo U
  • PLTW
  • Teachers building relationships with students
  • Student involvement
  • Four Block
  • Variety of teacher personalities
  • High expectations / success for all
  • Cabinet
Opportunities for Improvement

  • Teachers need to be consistent and enforce school rules - ID's, quite during the announcements, and Chief Time procedures
  • Clear expectations for leaning outcomes
  • Longer lunch
  • Crowded halls
  • Restrooms
  • Mice
  • Classroom environment - some are not very inviting

Just for Fun!

Nonverbal Responses Faculty Meetings