Weekly Information

  • 28 May-1 June - The End
    And just like that, we're at the end.

    Monday is the last day of classes for the seniors. If you have them, make sure they have returned all materials and you sign them out on their checkout forms. It is also the last day for them to get work turned in for the semester, because...

    Senior grades are due on Tuesday. Make sure all your grades are entered, and follow these instructions to make sure comments are made, deportment grades are included, and - very important - that senior grades are posted correctly. I know it may make underclass grades incorrect for several days, but we need senior grades on Tuesday.

    Tuesday at 1:30 will be our final All-Staff meeting of the year in Tipunan.

    Tuesday through Thursday semester exams will be held. Please make sure you are present for any exams or proctoring duties assigned to you. Students only need to be on campus when they have exams, except...

    All students need to be present on Thursday for Academic Awards. That ceremony will be held in Cadd Theater and more information will be coming your way about that event.

    Thursday evening is Baccalaureate, and Friday afternoon is Commencement. You are expected to be at both of those events unless you talk to me beforehand.

    Your check out forms will be in your boxes early this week. Feel free to work through those as soon as you are able. Here is the end of year info for your reference and instruction.

    Friday is the last day of the year. We will run a very short schedule so you have time to connect with your students, sign them out for the year, and exchange any materials. Before the closing ceremony houses will meet to elect two chairmen for the coming year. If you are a primary house sponsor, help your house organize this time.

    Thank you, thank you for all your work on behalf of our students and our God this year. May you be blessed in the coming months, whatever they may bring.
    Posted May 27, 2018, 7:08 AM by HSD Principal
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Thank You

  • External Exams
    As we head into IGCSE and AP exams, let's give a big thanks to Linda and Joyce for all their work in organizing the exams and working out the details of schedules, rooms, proctors, and requirements.
    Posted May 5, 2018, 12:44 AM by HSD Principal
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Teaching Thoughts

  • Eliminating Anxiety - and Fostering Something Better
    Gina Picha wants to help teachers recognize and alleviate math anxiety. Anxiety, she says, can manifest to look like misbehaving, off-task behavior, or avoidance of work. Here are the signs she says to look for:
    • lack of response: freezing when a math problem is encountered
    • tears or anger: more so in younger grades, but look for overly emotional responses
    • negative self-talk: you've heard them (you may have said them!) - "I'm bad at math." "I'll never be able to do this."
    • low achievement: anxiety can keep students from performing, resulting in poor grades, reinforcing their already-held beliefs about math
    So, what can you do to help alleviate math anxiety in your class? Picha's suggestions:
    • Provide students with the time to understand why. Math can be seen "as a series of nonsensical steps," and it takes being intentional to help students understand why they are doing what they do.
    • Use healthy and accurate messages. Talk through the "I can't learn math" myth and provide examples of how people use math outside the classroom. And, as we talked about in fostering grit, reinforce proper methods, strategies, and persistence instead of just right answers.
    • Allow think time when asking questions. Try to avoid asking questions that put students on the spot.
    • Use mixed-ability groupings. The tendency can be to put low-performing students together so they can be given additional instruction. But that can reinforce the idea that they are "slow" and mean the instruction they get is expecting less of them.
    We always want Faith promote a positive learning environment. Tom Hierck and Kent Peterson cite research that says people are most likely to flourish in a culture if people experience at least three positive emotions for every negative one. They sough out to discover what behaviors would most encourage such an environment. Their Positive School Culture Inventory (PSCI) identified 19 student and staff behaviors "that are most likely to contribute to a positive school culture." 
    • .Showing pride in school
    • .Collaboration
    • .Kindness
    • .Taking pride in one’s work
    • Leadership
    • .Helping others
    • .Using time wisely
    • .Being prepared
    • .Love of learning
    • .Making good choices
    • .Active listening
    • .Cooperation
    • Using appropriate communication 
    • .Caring 
    • Self-reliance
    • .Perseverance/resilience
    • .Making an insightful comment
    • .Organization
    • Going above and beyond
    Notice their findings connects those behaviors not only with students, but also with staff. Never underestimate the part you play in creating our school culture!
    Posted May 20, 2018, 12:21 AM by HSD Principal
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