Weekly Information

  • 20-24 November - Blood Drive, Academic Bowl
    The NHS blood drive is Monday. Students wanting to give blood during your class should be checking in with you first. If you have the time and inclination, you are also free to donate your cells as well.

    We will be hosting the first semester high school Academic Bowl on Tuesday. Students who will be missing class should have brought absence forms around to you.

    I will be sending out feedback forms on the double double block weeks in a few days. I'm working on the questions now, so if you would like to contribute or if there is a specific question you would like either students or staff to answer, you can add things to this document.

    In about a week, I will be asking your plans for your end-of-semester assessments. So if you haven't thought that far ahead yet, start planning so we can figure out our exam week schedule.

    Also in about a week, we will put out the initial poll for academic awards for first semester. Your departments will need to coordinate to determine which awards you would like to give. Awards for this semester will be tied to specific SLRs, so you can start thinking ahead about how you would like to handle that for your classes.

    For those celebrating US Thanksgiving, we will not have after school activities or sports practices on Thursday this week - 23 November.
    And as we finish the semester, please make sure you are flagging all students who are performing poorly in your classes as ineligible each week. We want to make sure students and their parents have had ample warning and time to catch up if they are in danger of failing.

    Posted Nov 19, 2017, 1:18 AM by HSD Principal
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Thank You

  • Any Number Can Die
    I hope you were all able to see the Advanced Drama play this week. It was a fun play - my kids wanted to see it multiple times - and showcased the skills of our students.

    Great job, Lori and cast! And also to Dave, Jason, Glen and the rest of the crews who pulled it off.
    Posted Nov 19, 2017, 12:02 AM by HSD Principal
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Teaching Thoughts

  • Fake News & Real Disagreements
    Educational Leadership published this article on how to help students distinguish real news from fake news. There are several pieces of advice you can give students and some skills you can teach them to help determine the truth of something they find online.

    And for the fun part, there is a list of five online articles at the end you can share with students to have them put their new skills into practice.

    Kids, Would You Please Start Fighting: The NY Times published this article on the importance of knowing how to disagree well. The premise is that productive argument is hidden from students and they can end up not knowing how to disagree with someone without getting mad.

    While the focus of the article is on younger children, the concept would be helpful to our high school students as well. As we send them out, we should make sure they know how to interact with people with whom they do not agree. Here is a bit of the author's summary:

    Instead of trying to prevent arguments, we should be modeling courteous conflict and teaching kids how to have healthy disagreements. We can start with four rules:

    • Frame it as a debate, rather than a conflict.

    • Argue as if you’re right but listen as if you’re wrong.

    • Make the most respectful interpretation of the other person’s perspective.

    • Acknowledge where you agree with your critics and what you’ve learned from them.

    Posted Nov 19, 2017, 12:34 AM by HSD Principal
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