Weekly Information

  • 11-15 March - End of Q3
    We've made it through the quarter. Thank you for all your work the past few months and dealing with all the disruptions of student travel.

    The ACSC music festival participants may wear their shirts on Monday when they return to class. It is also a non-uniform day for Kaio and Tharseo for winning different events. 

    Tuesday for ASERT there will be an All Staff Meeting in Tipunan. 

    Wednesday at 5:30 in Tipunan, the Athletics Department will hold the Second Season Sports Awards. Students on the tennis, rugby, and basketball teams will be recognized for their achievements. 

    Thursday is extended homeroom. If you ordered pizza or cash, you may pick it up from the high school office at the beginning of the time. I hope it's a fun, relaxing, and encouraging time with your homerooms.

    Friday, to celebrate the end of third quarter, we will again have a HSD lunch in the staff lounge. Since it's moderately tradition, there will be chili, but we'll branch out this year and include other soup and soup-like options.

    As the quarter ends, post updated grades so students and parents have a measure of their progress. Then take the week of, get some rest, and do some things that will be relaxing and fun for you.

    One more quarter to go.

    Posted Mar 10, 2019, 4:35 PM by HSD Principal
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Thank You

  • Instrumental Festivals
    Thanks to Mijin for organizing our students' attendance at the ACSC Strings Festival last week. 

    And a big thanks to Sarah for organizing the ACSC Band Festival here. It was great to be able to host the students from other schools and showcase their talents.
    Posted Mar 10, 2019, 4:38 PM by HSD Principal
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Teaching Thoughts

  • Teaching through Discussions
    Allison Cook and Dr. Orit Kent talk about how classroom discussions can be intentional teaching tools in Look Who’s Talking: Teaching Power and Responsibility Through Classroom Interactions. They share the story of some teachers' attempts to balance classroom influence and input during discussions. A recurring theme is that students don't know how to engage in effective discussions automatically; they need to be taught the appropriate skills.

    Below are some of the things they say teachers can do in order to "distribute power and responsibility to all students."
    • Give every student more time to talk, to talk with one another, and time without the authority figure of the teacher mediating and evaluating—but give them the tools to talk productively.
    • Give students protocols and routines that give each individual student a time, role and opportunity to contribute and hold them accountable for their contributions.
    • Make sure classroom discourse is not limited to the “big stage” of the full group. Students need time to practice without feeling like they are in front of a big audience.
    • Teach students the words they can use with each other to explore, probe and refine ideas together productively.
    • Make sure students get to ask and pursue some of their own questions and wonderings, not just the teacher’s questions or the curriculum’s, so that students understand that they too are responsible for the agenda and for using criteria for identifying and pursuing questions worthy of study.
    Posted Mar 10, 2019, 4:59 PM by HSD Principal
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