The Weekly Roar

Notes from Nick Novak: Friday December 11, 2015


again to Bruce Strunk and the entire football coaching staff for being recognized with the John H. Cox sportsmanship award at the state football championships. Awesome accolade for our program, our school, and our community!

To Rick Lawrence, Chris Campbell, Will Zuccarini, and Toby Morris for their wonderful winter concerts this week. Festive and fun. Great time!

To Jon Pieper for spearheading our "Hour of Code" activities this week. Thanks for helping promote the value and fun of computer programming. Jon also coordinated a scheduled visit from Dr. Foose this afternoon to showcase the PLTW program and where coding can take you as a student.

To Danelle Brennan, Ron Capurso, Julia Carter, Shea Conway, Nikolett Devries, Curtis Galbreath, Brian Gertzen, Matt Jens, Michael Kaplan, Stephanie Mabrey, Matt Mindel, Shannon Ryan, Rashel Taylor, and Veronica Valentine for all their hard work with middle school articulation the last few weeks. Great job making connections with our feeder middle schools!


Here are some helpful reminders for the upcoming week:

1) The last Lionstime of the year is this Wednesday 12/16. Let's make it a good one!

2) Two great events on Friday 12/18: social committee pot luck in the career center and planning period meetings. Grab some food and drink and come check out our 2015 staff Gallup results over in the student services seminar room.

3) Winterfest will be the afternoon of Wednesday 12/23--a great way to send us into our Winter Break. Demetrius will be sending out details soon, but plan for shortened classes 1-6, then two activity sessions in the afternoon.

4) Mark your calendars for February 11, 2016! That's the 2nd "Strutting with the Staff" competition. We are looking for lots of guys and gals to REPRESENT for the Lions. We need to show the county why Howard is the best and that means we need YOU!!! Email Jen DiPietro if you're ready to show you've got moves like Jagger (or even if you have two left feet).

Staff Birthdays

Happy Birthday to the following staff members celebrating this week:

12/13 James Tamba

12/14 Allison Ose

12/16 Sharon Flanagan

12/18 Masami Stratton

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Instructional Tidbit

From "Disillusionment" to "Rejuvenation"

Many of you may have seen this graphic that depicts a 1st year teacher's (or any teacher's) emotional state over the course of the year. Many of you have probably even felt it! If a greeting of "Happy Holidays" at work can only inspire a "Bah Humbug!" from you, you just might need a few ideas for rejuvenating over winter break and getting back your mojo:

1) Remember why you became a teacher in the first place.

2) Recall those moments when teaching made you feel ALIVE--as if you were "running on all cylinders."

3) Think of a time when you made a difference in a student's life.

4) Appreciate your colleagues.

5) Reflect on the contribution you are making to the world.

Need more encouragement? Read the whole article here.

You Tube 2015

If you recognize a lot of people in this video, odds are you watched a few YouTube clips this year!
YouTube Rewind: Now Watch Me 2015 | #YouTubeRewind


In partnership with families and the community, it is the mission of Howard High School to cultivate an environment of collaboration, empowerment, and engagement that exhibits world-class support for staff and inspires students to thrive in a dynamic world.