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19-23 February - ACSC Basketball

posted Feb 18, 2018, 5:01 AM by HSD Principal   [ updated Feb 18, 2018, 4:54 PM ]

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.

12-16 February - Valentine's, Lent, Sadie's

posted Feb 11, 2018, 3:45 PM by HSD Principal

I haven't heard any horror stories from last week, so I'll trust that everything went smoothly in my absence. I know it can feel like Outdoor Ed disrupts just about everything, but it is such a worthwhile program. So thank you to all who helped sub, cover responsibilities, and supervise students so that staff could be a part of the adventure.

We continue our double-double block month this week. Plans for the activity period on Friday will be shared in the next day or two.

Outdoor Ed seniors should all be back in class Monday, and they may wear their OE shirts that day. They have one week to complete missed work, so they should all be caught up by next Monday, 19 February. 

ACSC Basketball players will be out of class next week. They will be coming around with their planned absence forms in the next day or two. They have some homework time built into their schedules, so feel free to provide assignments they may work on while they are away. They will also have a week to complete missed work once they return.

Tuesday after school there will be an all-staff meeting in Tipunan. 

Here is your final reminder to complete your mid-year goals review if you have not done so yet. 

We don't have too many staff needs for high school next year, but the ones we do have are significant. Be praying that we find the right people to complete our staff next year. So far, we have approved one social studies teacher and will be interviewing a potential PE teacher later this week. Also be praying for our furloughing staff - Sonia Winslade, Kevin Stroud-Lusk, Seth O'Day, Roberta Maxwell, Dave Wolfenden - as they determine their plans for next year.

5-9 February - Outdoor Ed & Double Doubles Begin

posted Feb 1, 2018, 9:20 PM by HSD Principal

This week begins our month of double double blocks. The schedule is in the bulletin, but Rose will also put a paper copy of the schedule in your boxes so that you can have one to reference throughout the month. Take the opportunity to try some new things in your classes to increase student learning.

I, along with several other high school teachers and seniors, will be at Outdoor Ed for the week. You can pray for safety, good weather, and that God would work in everyone's lives.

The list of students traveling has been updated with the ACSC Honor Choir students. Students will still come around with Planned Absence forms the week before they travel, but you can reference the lists now to plan ahead.

This weekend is the final eligibility check for students traveling for ACSC Basketball. We will use the regular Monday afternoon eligibility check on 5 February as the verification point. If you have an ineligible basketball player, Miko will be confirming with you.

Tuesday afternoon, your book study groups will meet again. Many of your groups will be missing several people, but just carry on with those of you who are here.

As opportunities arise, remind your students about what we all learned during SEW and connect it to your teaching.

I'm privileged to work with you all. Have a great week.

29 January-2 February - Spiritual Emphasis Week

posted Jan 28, 2018, 3:31 AM by HSD Principal

It's Spiritual Emphasis Week. Remember that our schedule will be modified this week to accommodate a chapel session almost every day. Keep praying that God would change hearts and lives during this week.

At the end of the day on Tuesday will be some time to prep for your Ministry Day site activities. The sign-up sheet includes the list of all students who will be at your sites and indicates the student site leader in bold. Coordinate with your student leaders to figure out what you will need to prepare and plan for. The Ministry Day Schedule lists the locations where student will be meeting on Tuesday, so check that you will be in the right spot. If you will be on campus, the schedule will let you know how much time you should be plan for each activity.

After school on Tuesday, ASERT will be the next installment of your book study group. Meet in the location chosen by your group last week.

For Ministry Day on Friday, it will be a non-uniform day so students may dress accordingly for their sites - and you may as well. For most of you, the schedule will not matter, but if you are on campus, make sure you plan accordingly for the available time. And if your site has finished it's work, there will be a reflection and sharing time at the end of the day in Tipunan. 

Next week is middle school Outdoor Ed. There is still a lot of work to do this week in preparing for it, so be praying for the program, but also for God to use the time in the lives of the students. I - and several other high school teachers and students - will be participating that week, so be praying for us as well. The participating students will be bringing around their Planned Absence Forms this week to give you a chance to help them know how they can work ahead.

Make sure you have completed your mid-year goals review if you haven't yet.

I did another round of walk-throughs last week and was excited by the learning I saw happening in your classes. Thanks for helping develop a generation of Christ-Like, life-long learners.

22-26 February - The Prep Week

posted Jan 21, 2018, 5:26 PM by HSD Principal

We're pushing through January pretty quickly. Thanks for getting students off to a strong start this semester.

We have had several issues recently with students skipping classes. If a student is not in your class who others say is on campus that day, send an email to Mars. Some seem to think attending classes is optional. Skipping a class gets students an immediate detention.

Also please keep up on students with dress code. I am nabbing students every day for not wearing uniforms, and I'm in the office most of the day.

For ASERT on Tuesday, those participating in the Truth Project will meet in their normal locations. All other teaching staff will assemble in the library to break into book study groups.

Thursday during homeroom (weather permitting) we will take an all-school photo. If you can afford to let your 3rd period students out a couple of minutes early, that would help us get set up quickly. We will be asking that no one wear hoodies that day - at least during the picture - so everyone is in a uniform top.

Friday we will have our assembly with Josh McDowell. We will use a Tuesday schedule through 7th period, then hold the assembly in Cadd Theater. Students in 8th period classes should be prepared to go immediately to class after the event. The schedule will be in the bulletin.

Thursday afternoon the Hardeman Tournament begins. Check out the game schedule and come cheer on our basketball players. And Saturday on Sy Field, we will host the rugby league finals for our high school and middle school boys teams. So you can bounce between rugby and basketball games on Saturday and cheer until you have no more voice.

Next week is SEW, so be praying for our speaker, Benji, and our students in preparation. If you are at a site, think about the best way to use the Tuesday prep time for Ministry Day and come prepared to help students get involved. Except for Friday, most of the week is pretty normal, with just slightly shorter periods. Here is the schedule so you can plan. The reflection / sharing time on Friday will be held loosely as several sites will not be back in time for it. But groups that are finished and back on campus should plan on attending.

The following week is Outdoor Ed. Here is a list of students who will be missing that week. As I confirm groups traveling for other reasons, I'll update the other tabs and reshare that sheet. Students will also bring their planned absence forms around before they leave.

And if you are going on Outdoor Ed, make sure you get subs sooner rather than later. That week is a scramble to cover things with all the traveling staff.

Have a great week!

15-19 January - The last normal week for a while.

posted Jan 14, 2018, 5:15 AM by HSD Principal

Tuesday during ASERT, we will have a high school divisional meeting in the staff lounge, so this will be a shorter update.

Please let me know ASAP if you have any schedule issues. There are still a few students out there who were trying to get into classes last week.

Hopefully there will not be any reports, but we will begin running eligibility checks this week. Please keep your grades as up to date as possible; with so many students traveling this quarter, we need to keep a close watch on academic performance.

If you were given your department's budget sheet, but have not completed it, bring it to the staff meeting on Tuesday. You will have an opportunity to work through it with your departments.

Also, if you have not yet distributed your Student Feedback to Teachers forms for last semester, do so this week. If you click on the Professional Development tab above, you should see your folder in the right hand frame. Your feedback form is in that folder and can be sent to students electronically.

It's uncommon to have this many students new to Faith high school starting in second semester. As you have the chance, make sure our new students are adjusting well, feeling welcome, and have all the information they need to succeed this semester.

Talent Night is coming up this Saturday. Go see it.

I'll see you all on Tuesday.

8-12 January - Back in the Game

posted Jan 7, 2018, 4:35 PM by HSD Principal

Welcome to second semester! I hope you all had a restful break and are ready to engage in learning again. It seems like there isn't much of a chance to catch your breath second semester, but we have at least a couple of weeks before things get busy again. Here's some stuff you should know:

Mr Todd Eichenauer has returned from a semester furlough and will resume teaching Concert Choir.

Mrs Sunny Kim has started work as the new guidance counselor. She's here part time - for now - and will begin by helping students plan for life after Faith. Stop by and introduce yourself when you get a chance.

We are halfway through the year, so it's time to record progress on your goals for this school year. In your yearly goals folder on Google Drive (it should be 'lastname, firstname - 2017', eg. 'Barner, Mark - 2017'), update your goals form with your progress to date by next Friday, 19 January.

We need to complete our student feedback process from first semester. By the end of Monday, 8 January, you should have a Google form copy of Student Feedback to Teachers in your yearly goals folder. Choose at least one period of students to send the form to. If you want to add specific question(s) to get feedback related to your yearly goals, feel free to do so.

If you received a green 2018-2019 budget sheet in your box, please fill it out and return it to Mars by next Friday, 19 January. If you have any questions or problems, come see me.

Tuesday for ASERT, we will start with a brief All-Staff meeting in Tipunan for an update on the accreditation process. After that, we will split into groups for either biblical integration or Truth Project.

This week and next we will follow normal schedules. There will be a modified schedule on the 26th to accommodate an assembly with Josh McDowell, who is in town for an event that weekend. The following week is Spiritual Emphasis Week (SEW) and there will be a modified schedule with chapel each day.

If you are planning on attending Outdoor Ed in a few weeks, shoot me an email so I know who will be gone, then work on finding subs for your classes for that week. There will be 15 seniors attending OE that week, and that begins about a month of different traveling, with different students gone for each event. We'll send around planned absence forms and provide lists of who is attending each trip.
  • 5-9 February: Outdoor Ed
  • 20-25 February: ACSC Basketball Tournaments
  • 2-7 March: MUN
  • 7-10 March: ACSC Honor Choir
  • 17-21 March: Senior Trip

27 November-1 December - Race to the holidays

posted Nov 26, 2017, 4:52 PM by HSD Principal

I don't know where this semester has gone. There are only two weeks of classes left before exam week and the holiday break.

This Wednesday we will be following a special schedule in order to give Fine Arts time to rehearse for the Prism concert the following day. The periods and chapel will be shortened to allow 8th period to begin at 1:00. The schedule is below (just pretend the date says November 29, 2017):

On that note, make sure you attend the Prism concert this Thursday evening to see the results of the students' effort.

You will be getting a semester exam survey later today. Please fill it out by this Friday so we can plan the schedule for exam week.

You will also receive an academic award form in the near future. Respond to that form by Friday as well.

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.

Also, there are many students who have F's in Sycamore right now. I am hoping not all of those students are actually in danger of failing for the semester. If you do have students who are in danger of failing and not getting credit, please email me directly with their names this week.

20-24 November - Blood Drive, Academic Bowl

posted Nov 19, 2017, 1:18 AM by HSD Principal

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.

6-10 November - Double Double Doubles

posted Nov 5, 2017, 1:57 AM by HSD Principal   [ updated Nov 5, 2017, 3:42 AM ]

This week begins our second run of double block weeks this semester. After next week, we will get feedback from teachers and students to see how it went and determine what we will do for next semester. Here is the schedule we will be running for the next two weeks.

Since the double weeks provide us with two additional activity periods, here is how our extra time will be used over the next two weeks:
  • Homeroom, 9 Nov: planning for next week's extended homeroom activity (more below)
  • Activity, 10 Nov: combined meetings for all ExCo committees, training for student homeroom leaders
  • Homeroom, 16 Nov: extended homeroom activity, combined with lunch
  • Activity, 17 Nov: house games in the gym organized by ExCo
ExCo echoed the sentiments you expressed at the last HSD meeting that it would be good for homerooms to have some longer, unstructured time to spend together, so we have scheduled that for next week. This week you will have a chance to plan an activity with your homerooms for that time - it will be just over an hour. If you would like to leave campus, your students will need to get permission slips and you'll need to organize transport. If multiple homerooms would like to coordinate on an activity, that is ok as well.

I will try to get more classroom visits in this week. I enjoyed the ones I got to before the long weekend; there was a lot of diverse student learning happening. If I visited your class, the feedback will be in your goals/PD folder for this year. If I did things correctly, you should be able to find it by clicking on the Professional Dev't link above. Your folder should be in the box on the right side of that page; you can click on the responses tab in the walkthrough form to see your feedback.

Here's your next reminder to schedule some teacher to teacher visits if you have available time this week. Once you visit a class, have a quick conversation with the teacher you observed, telling them one thing you appreciated, found effective, or hope to use in your own class.

If you class borrows Chromebooks for the period, remind them to sign out and return the Chromebooks at the end of the period. We often have Chromebooks go wandering as students don't return them - unintentionally or otherwise.

This week, we will continue looking at biblical integration during ASERT. All teaching staff not involved in the Truth Project should assemble in Tipunan. Next week we will have a high school divisional meeting, so let me know if there are any topics you would like addressed during that time.

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.

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