Weekly Update #20

February 1 - 5, 2016

Shout Outs

Great work on the #unconference yesterday LQHS!!!2 days ago by DesertWebber

Thank you Amy for letting me sit in your final! It was an awesome experience and all of your hard work was evident!4 days ago by Suzanne

Shout out to Security who always makes me feel safe and always says hello and makes me smile!5 days ago by Amy

Shout out to the counselors, Mr. Schneider, and all the office staff who have to deal with schedule changes!5 days ago by Amy

Shout out to Suzy T. who always wants to learn new things! What a great role model.

Now that you are re-energized with todaysmeet - please keep posting to recognize your colleagues.


Word of the Week - tension

REMINDER: Each week we give six students a backpack with a gift certificate in it when they can tell us the word, what it means and use it correctly in a sentence.

Please post the word of the week green paper in your classroom.

Last Weeks' winners were: Harrison Adams (11), Iris Mendez (10), Alyssa Morales (11), Luka Nier (12), Donavin Robertson (11).

Please take a minute to recognize these students if you have them in your class

Information and Updates

  • I would like to thank you all for your participation in Monday's PD. So many of you were engaged and prepared to learn to increase your effectiveness as teachers. We are in a time of change which can be filled with tension and difficult. Many of you are gracefully embracing, accepting, or dipping your feet into a different way of teaching. I appreciate and applaud all of you for your efforts! Your hard work will help to keep our students on top and well prepared for their futures.
  • Consider this from a recent survey: https://www.aacu.org/leap/public-opinion-research/2015-survey-falling-short : When hiring recent graduates, employers place the greatest priority on a demonstrated proficiency in skills and knowledge that cut across majors. Of 17 outcome areas tested, written and oral communication, teamwork skills, ethical decision making, critical thinking, and the ability to apply knowledge in real-world settings are the most highly valued by employers.* 87 percent of employers agree that they are somewhat or much more likely to consider a graduate as a job candidate if she or he has completed a senior project.
  • Front and Center is a newer program which allows schools to showcase their programs at the district office. On this week's agenda are the CTE programs from all the DSUSD high schools. Our students will be on hand to speak about and showcase our CTE programs. Please stop by if you have some free minutes Tuesday evening. It's at the DO, before the school board meeting on Tuesday.

  • On another note: Dr. Signoret, is really coming on Wednesday. I'll be walking classrooms with him from 8:30 - 10:30.

Week's Happenings

Monday - Leadership Team Meeting - 2:50 p.m. in the Staff Lounge

Tuesday - Front and Center: District Office 6:00 p.m.

IB Orientation - 6:30 p.m. in the Staff Lounge

Wednesday - Dr Signoret (Assistant Superintendent of Personnel) site visit.

IB Orientation - 6:30 p.m. in the Staff Lounge

Professional Development Time - SPAC Meetings

You will meet with your Specialized Academic Program.


Athletic Arena (Varsity Sports)

Monday - Boys Soccer v Indio @ 5:00 p.m (if you haven't been to a soccer game: please take a minute to cheer on our boys - this will be a good game!

Boys Basketball v Indio @ 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday Boys basketball v Coachella Valley @ 6:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball @ Coachella Valley @ 6:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer v Coachella Valley @ 5:00 p.m.

Girls Soccer @ Coachella Valley @ 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday -Girls Water Polo @ Palm Springs (@ PS Aquatic Center) @ 3:15 p.m.

Thursday - Boys Basketball @ Palm Springs @ 6:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball v Palm Springs @ 6:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer @ Palm Springs @ 5:00 p.m.

Girls Soccer v Palm Springs @ 5:00 p.m.

Girls Water Polo 1st round carousel @ IHS