Weekly Information

  • 1-5 June - Done.
    School's out for summer!

    You are done. No more Zooming, no more grading, no more responding to emails about why something was not completed. You are done. 

    No more meetings, devotions, or other gatherings until August. There are just a couple of things you need to wrap up:

    Underclassman Grades:
    Grades for students in grades 9 - 11 are due Monday afternoon by 4:00. Do your best to make sure all your grades are updated  - and posted! - by that time. For students not leaving Faith, there isn't as much of an issue with changing grades later, but it is nice to be done and not have to think about it. Also, at the end of June, we will roll over the year in Sycamore and your gradebooks from this year will not be accessible anymore. So you won't be able to just drop a number in your gradebook and see a new final grade.

    Please include comments on any grades below a B-. Comments are preserved on report cards, so they are the only way we would know why a student received a poor grade (e.g. low assessment scores, not turning in classwork/homework, etc.).

    If a student has failed to turn in summative work, feel free to give a grade of Incomplete (again, with a comment). You can do that by ticking the 'Incomplete' box under Grade Postings (see image below). But, given the nature of this quarter, it is up to your discretion if you decide giving credit and a modified grade is appropriate. As much as possible, we want grades to reflect students' attainment of course benchmarks and not how well they worked during online schooling. We will be looking at students who receive incompletes and seeing if there are instances for which we should give some additional time or allow students to make up work over the summer. If that applies to any of your classes, I'll be in touch in about a week.

    You may overwrite a course grade for a student if you decide it's merited. Changing the entry in the 'Letter' column (see above) will change what appears on student's report cards, but if you want to change the grade on a transcript, you need to change the number in the 'Transcript' column. That is what gets ported over to student transcripts. That's important, so I'll say it again: If you want to adjust a student's grade, make sure you change the entry in both the 'Transcript' and 'Letter' columns. If you don't change the transcript number, I start getting emails asking why report cards and transcripts don't match. 

    Mars and I will update grades and generate report cards on Tuesday. 

    Checking Out:
    Normally, at the end of the year, teachers walk around their their checkout forms, getting signatures from various offices around campus. We will not be doing that this year, but I still gave you all a checkout form so you can walk through the kinds of things you should be paying attention to. 

    You will not have student checkout forms or fine reports this year, but please keep a copy of your assigned textbooks in a safe and accessible place so we can try to track down missing books.

    You do need to return anything borrowed from IT and make sure you're cleared with the library and business office.

    In your classrooms, just make sure things are tidy and materials are stored safely. You may want to put personal items in your desk or closet to prevent possible damage during summer cleaning and maintenance. 

    Everyone needs to return their mailbox keys if they've got them. But if you will be on staff come August, you do not need to return your classroom/lounge/etc. keys. If you are furloughing, turn your keys into Mars and we will keep them as a set until you return. If you are leaving Faith, yes, please turn in all your keys to the office. 

    I think that covers the important things. I will be in the office this week, so feel free to stop by if you've got any questions. 

    Once again, thank you for your flexibility and persistence during this final quarter. Nothing was perfect, but you all made it work. All our seniors were able to graduate, and we completed what we needed to to get done.

    As of now, we plan to start classes again on 24 August (the earliest date currently allowed), but there is great uncertainty on many significant fronts. I wish I could be more certain about things, but we are in a bit of a holding pattern until we know what the government, DepEd, and LGUs will allow at that point. We are hoping to have more clarity in the first week of July, so as soon as I know anything, I'll let you know. But for now, try to fret about tomorrow; today has enough worries of its own. (I heard that somewhere.)

    Congratulations, and thanks again.

    You are done.
    Posted May 31, 2020, 2:40 AM by HSD Principal
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Thank You

  • Out and about in the community
    Thanks for everyone's work on Ministry Day last week. We could not have done everything without you.
    Posted Mar 1, 2020, 3:58 AM by HSD Principal
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Teaching Thoughts

  • Some follow-ups from last week
    As you are processing what Jan shared with us over the past, here are a few complementary resources that have come through my feeds in the past week:

    Mark Ward at The Gospel Coalition wrote an article titled Teacher, Watch Your Jargon. While ward is specifically writing to non-professional teachers who may be teaching the Bible in various contexts, his main points apply equally well to your classrooms. He says that as teachers, you need to:
    • Know Your Audience - Although Ward usually writes heavily academic material, he writes that, "one of the great privileges of my life was to lay aside every weighty word, and the syntax that doth so easily beset me, for the souls I preached to every week for five and a half years in an urban mission work... I loved whittling away words that weren’t simple and clear; I loved working to find the words that were appropriate to the ears in front of me." As you plan your classes, think through what words will communicate meaning to your students - particularly your language learners.
    • Distinguish Between Words and Things - A single thing - or concept - can be communicated through a variety of different words. We need to make sure we are using the right words to ensure our students understand the things that make up our benchmarks. "Our words are an offering to others, or at least they’re supposed to be. They’re a service. We must ask ourselves repeatedly: Will my audience know this word? Will they know this thing?" 
    This month's Educational Leadership is focused on developing readers, so there's a lot it in about developing language. One article - and accompanying video - is Show & Tell: A Video Column / Using Language to Learn. Authors' Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey argument is that:
    When it comes to teaching adolescents, specialized language approaches are important... But adolescents also need more all-purpose approaches to literacy. Generic approaches to literacy, such as note taking, vocabulary learning, and summary writing, are transportable from content area to content area. Such tools help students navigate routine tasks and allow for more specialized, disciplinary skills to develop. For example, annotating texts generically opens the doors for students to notice differences in the structures of various texts used in specific disciplines.
    You can see some of those language skills being developed in a home ec. class in the video linked in the article. 

    One final thought from Ward: "Edification requires intelligibility; you won’t build people up if they don’t understand what you’re saying."
    Posted Mar 1, 2020, 4:47 AM by HSD Principal
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