Austin East Magnet High School

Roadrunner Updates

May 16-May 20, 2016

Things that make you go BEEP BEEP!

Announcements

1. CONGRATS to our track athletes who have qualified for sectionals this week!


2. Local EOCs:


Underclassmen:

*May 17 (1st & 2nd)

*May 18 (3rd & 4th)

*May 19 (Make-Ups)


-For classes with local EOCs, teachers will pick up tests/scantrons from department chairs.


-Students will be allowed to leave after exams each morning IF they return the permission slip. Please see Ms. Campbell with any questions related to that.


3. Staff Meeting:


We will have an end of year staff meeting on May 17 at 1pm.


In addition, we need everyone to drop by the library on May 18 between 2-3 to complete a TAP attitude survey.


4. Student Schedules for 16-17: We will distribute student schedules for Fall 2016-Spring 2017 during student lunches on May 16. Students will be able to make changes to their schedules on Wednesday mornings during the summer.


5. Coaches Appreciation Dinner: Mr. Armstead has arranged for a dinner on May 18 at 5pm in the Culinary Arts Dining Area. Thank you for all that you do!


6. Graduation: Grad Practice is Thursday, May 19 at 10am.


Graduation is Friday, May 20 at 5:30pm at Thompson-Boling Arena.


7. End of Year Lunch Celebration: We will have a lunch to celebrate the end of the year! More details will follow from Mrs. Johnson.


8. Retirement Celebration: Please plan to attend a retirement celebration for Cheri Boring & Dr. Gillespie on May 19 at 2pm.


9. Summer School: Please remember to identify summer school students/notify parents. If you have any questions regarding this, please see your grade level administrator.


10. Teacher Check Out: Please be on the lookout for a teacher check out

form in your email. One week left!


If you have announcements or pictures to share in the update, please send them to Melissa Glover by each Friday at 4pm.

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Roadrunner Spotlight-David Goff

1. Where are you from?


That is a complicated question for me! I was born in Washington D.C., and spent most of my youth in the Maryland suburbs of that city, except for a year in Denver, Colorado when I was in 2nd grade, and two years in Clarksburg, West Virginia, which happened to be my freshman and Sophomore years of high school. As an adult, I continued my parent's pattern of moving around a lot, living in Pennsylvania, Southwest Virginia, and Tennessee. Tennessee has been my home now for almost 30 years.


2. What is your favorite movie?


The original Star Wars (since retitled A New Hope). A close second would be the Lord of the Rings movies (which of course are not as good as the books, which are my favorite books!).


3. What are you currently reading?


I typically read 3-4 books at a time.

Currently

I am reading The End Games, a young-adult novel; Star Trek and Philosophy: The Wrath of Kant ; Doing Ethics : Moral Reasoning and Contemporary Issues ; and The Fall of Atlantis.


4. What are you currently listening to?


I have a very eclectic love of music. I like something in just about every genre from classical to country, though not every song in any one genre. "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten is one of my current favorites.


5. What is your favorite thing about teaching at AE?


There are two main reasons that I like being at Austin-East. First of all, I love working with our students! They are what keeps me

here,

and in the field of education. All of our kids are fun to interact with, and I enjoy being around them. My greatest joy, however, is coaching our Ethics Bowl team. It is so exciting to see these students struggle intellectually and morally with the challenging cases that we address. I am often astounded by the clarity of their reasoning and the depth of their insights as they discuss issues that adults have a hard time grappling with.


Another, very personal reason for my commitment to serve at A-E is because of my faith. Most of you know that I am a Quaker (Society of Friends) Pastor. For me, that is less about talking or preaching to others than it is about service. I believe that the time I spend working with our students is a true "ministry", not because I preach religion to them (I don't), but because it enables me to help them learn to make wise decisions that will impact the rest of their lives.