BCHS Staff Newsletter

January 10, 2016

Week in Review

Great first week back from break! I saw a lot of excellent instruction, and there were a lot of staff members incorporating the Ipads and some trying out their new Apple TV's. Please let me know if I can help you in any way with either of these.


Our Robotics Team, DevilBots, is up and running full-steam ahead. They attended their FIRST Kick-Off at Capac on Saturday, and we found out what this year's competition will be. The theme this year is FIRST Stonghold, and the competition can be viewed at this link:

FIRST Stronghold


The students are very excited about this opportunity, and it has created a bit of a buzz around the community. Many people have been curious as to exactly what we are doing with it and when competitions are.


The students will now have exactly 6 weeks to make their robot. At the end of the 6 weeks we will bag it for competition. They will be working 5-6 days a week after school and on weekends for the next 6 weeks to create/make the best robot they can for this year's game. The team has two competitions (they run Thursday-Saturday). The first will be at Kettering University on March 10-12, and the second is at Marysville High School on March 24-26.


Times Herald Article

FIRST Robotics Site

FIRST Scholarships


Anthony helped host a great day of youth basketball on Saturday. We had teams from several different cities in both of our buildings. There were games in both gyms from 9am until about 6pm. Thank you to all that helped make this day a success!

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End of Semester/Marking Period & Exams

The marking period/semester will be ending on January 29th. Last week, I emailed you a copy of the exam schedule. I realize, it is a little different than how you have done it in past years. I do not have any exams starting right at 8:15, due to the fact that I know kids show up late (at times), and during January there is a chance of a late bus. Most exams will either be during the 2nd/3rd hour time slots or the 5th/6th hour time slots.


Also, last week I asked for your number of devices needed during exams (each hour). I have not heard back from very many of you at this point. My plan is to borrow some from the elementary (if needed), and I have already talked to Sean about this. I would like to know how many you need by the end of the day on Wednesday, so I can start marking arrangements of who needs what. Thanks.

Evaluations

I am hoping to complete about 1-2 evaluations a week from now until spring break. If you have something coming up that you would like me see let me know. If I don't hear from you, I will just let you know the week when I will be into your room for this.


I am in most of your rooms on a fairly regular basis, so understand I take all of that into account when looking into evaluations.

Student Learning Objectives

Last week, Sean and I attend a conference on Student Learning Objectives (SLO's) presented by Wendy from MASSP. It was a very informative conference and the information will help as to begin the early stages of using these. I plan to talk about the specifics and how we can use them at Friday's PD. I have attached a link to the resources provided on the MASSP website if you want to look prior to Friday.


MASSP Link

SLO Artifacts

Friday Early Dismissal and PD

Just a reminder that Friday is an early dismissal. Everything will run as normal, except we will dismiss at 1:00. Students will still go to their normal lunch hour, and we will dismiss for the day during 5th hour. Students will attend hours 1st-5th.


PD Agenda

Grades

Couple of Quick Questions:

--Do I have enough grades in Skyward to give an accurate representation of that students' work in my class?

--Are my assignment titles in Skyward clear as to what I am grading? Just putting the date or a general title doesn't always offer much help to a parent or student. Some of you have participation grades (which is fine), however, just make sure the parents and students know what you are looking for in this grade.

--Do my grades include some assessments (quizzes/tests)? If not, they should.

--Have I shared with my students the "weighting" of their exam? If you haven't, this is something that should be discussed in the next couple of weeks.

This Week's M-STEP Meetings

Meeting Schedule/Agenda


Those that are attending the M-STEP meeting, I emailed you the necessary data on Friday. Use this time to find our strengths/weaknesses and use it to help you come up with a plan for the remainder of the year's instruction. Also a reminder that all meetings will be in the Elementary Conference Room (this located in the elementary office).

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PSAT Data

PSAT results were released to us on Wednesday of last week, and were supposed to be released to students on Thursday. However, the College Board site was having some difficulties, so most students probably received their email over the weekend.


Corinne has done an amazing job of getting the 11th grade data broken down to help Audrey and her focus on low areas between now and the SAT (April 12th), in their test prep class. I plan to have Corinne share some of her findings and data break-down process at Friday's PD.


I will be sending invitation codes (to view results) out to some of you, so you can do the same for the grades you teach.


Remember the state test for 11th grade is SAT, for 10th is PSAT 10, and for 9th is PSAT 9. So all three of those grades need to use our Fall data to help improve instruction in our low areas.


I will also be getting into the 11th and 10th grade classes this week to help make sure their PSAT score is properly linked to their Khan Academy accounts. English 10/11 teachers, please check with your students to see that they all have received results (and let me know when you would like to link accounts).

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Upcoming Events/Reminders

  • January 11-15--Rayba Bus Duty
  • January 11--Student of the Week VanBuskirk (8th)
  • January 11--M-STEP Data Breakdown--English (Jarrod half day with Tammy/Joanne) & Social Studies (Jesse half day with Jan/Mike)
  • January 13--M-STEP Data Breakdown--Math (Lou/Lori half day with Jenna/Mike) & Science (Lesley/Maria half day with Cindy/Sharron)
  • January 13--Directed Study 4th Hour
  • January 15--Early Dismissal & Staff PD from 1-3


  • January 18-22--Troshak Bus Duty
  • January 18--Student of the Week Troshak (9th)
  • January 18--Board Meeting @ 6:00
  • January 20--Direct Study 1st Hour


  • Week of January 25th--First Semester Exams
  • January 25-29--VanBuskirk Bus Duty
  • January 25--Student of the Week Grabowski (10th)
  • January 27--No Directed Study (Exam Week)
  • January 29--End of 1st Semester, students half day. HS staff able to leave for half day if participating in graduation.
  • February 1--Start 2nd Semester and 3rd Marking Period
  • February 1-5--SnowComing Week
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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

I had two great opportunities this week to see why we all chose to be educators.


  1. PSAT results came back, and it was like Christmas morning in a way. I was very excited to see how our students performed. I was the first to tell several students their scores, and being able to share this info made their day (if they had a high score)!
  2. At my SLO's Conference this week, I was reminded how we as educators can sometimes get in a rut, because teaching can be "unrewarding" at times. However, I am very excited to talk to all of you about how the data from your SLO can get the same response (from you) as those students who scored high on the PSAT!



I love seeing our students have success, however, we all need to remember the following: If the students are having success so are we as their educational staff. We do great things at BCHS, and I am challenging you to "dig in" during these winter months and bring your best each a every day! We expect our students to bring their best every day, and we need to have the same expectation of ourselves.