Weekly Information

  • 19-23 February - ACSC Basketball
    Double Double Blocks continue this week. During Friday's activity period, homeroom leaders will have a training session, the ExCo representatives will have a parliament meeting, and students going on the March break ministry trip will meet with Mark Ellis. Once again, any remaining students get a long lunch.

    The ACSC Basketball players will be traveling this week. Pray for them as they travel, play, and relate to students from the other ACSC schools. At this point, the week of 12 March is the only week left this quarter during which students will not be traveling.

    You should also have gotten a link to this Homework Survey via email, but if you haven't yet, take a few minutes and fill it out. I have had numerous conversations with teachers about students not completing assigned homework, so I'm on a mission to figure out why that is and what we can do to help mitigate the problem. This survey is the first step in that process.

    Please have updated grades posted for all your classes by this Friday, 23 February. We will be letting parents know that mid-quarter grades will be available at that time.

    There will be an all school chapel Tuesday of next week, 27 February. We will focus on our theme for the year: In Christ, We Do Hard Things. It will mess up our double double schedule, but I'm not sure how yet. If you have a brilliant idea of how to adjust for a 45 minute chapel that morning, let me know. My current thought is to make Monday odd blocks and have shorter periods 1-8 on Tuesday, but I know that messes up lesson planning between classes.

    Our accreditation visit is coming up on 5-8 March. As you plan ahead, remember that the team requested that all classes be engaged in active learning during that time. That means you may not be giving extended written assessments, showing movies, or other "hands off" activities. Let me know if you have any questions about that.

    The accreditation team would also like to meet with you as a group, so the divisional meeting that Tuesday will be spent doing that. Two of the team members will meet with you all as a group in the high school lounge. They will likely be asking questions about the school, its programs, and your involvement. It is not a time to air grievances or express complaints you may have.

    On Tuesday I will be with the team at the Senate hearing for our EIIC bill. Pray that we represent Faith and its mission well and that we find favor with the senators with whom we will be sharing.
    Posted by HSD Principal
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Thank You

  • Service for the Kingdom
    Thank you all for your work on Ministry Day on behalf of all the communities served. 

    And thanks to Mark Ellis and ExCo for their work in partnering with the ministries to set everything up.
    Posted Feb 1, 2018, 9:22 PM by HSD Principal
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Teaching Thoughts

  • Training Students Away From Plagiarism
    Michelle Navarre Cleary wrote an awesomely helpful article in the Phi Delta Kappan: Top 10 reasons students plagiarize & what teachers can do about it. It's lengthy, but worth the read. To entice you to read on, here are the ten reasons she addresses:
    1. They are lazy
    2. They panic
    3. They lack confidence
    4. They think they are supposed to reproduce what the experts have said
    5. They have difficulty integrating source material into their own exposition or argument
    6. They do not understand why people make such a fuss about sources
    7. They are sloppy
    8. They do not understand that they need to cite facts, figures, and ideas, not just quotations
    9. They are learning
    10. They are used to a collaborative model of knowledge production
    Each of the above reasons gets helpful advice on what we as teachers can do to help students correct for those reasons. And in case students don't fully grasp what plagiarism is...

    The poster below, created by Curtis Newbold of Westminster College, can be used to help students understand all the practices that are encompassed by the term plagiarism. I like how comprehensive the initial set of questions is.

    Posted Feb 18, 2018, 5:44 AM by HSD Principal
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