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22-26 April - The Music Man

posted Apr 21, 2019, 1:34 AM by HSD Principal

He is risen!

Tuesday for ASERT we will have a full-length HSD meeting. I'll see you in the lounge at 1:45.

The Music Man runs this week. A list of involved students was emailed to you. Those students fall under the policy below from our Activities Handbook. Students will do their best to keep up this week since they will be in class, but for the purposes of school work, they are considered "away" in the same way traveling athletes are.

For students in theatrical productions who are required to be on campus four hours or more each night during the week of a performance, projects and tests scheduled during the week of performances as well as the following Monday and Tuesday may be turned in up to the second Monday after the production without penalty. This would normally include members of the cast, stage crew and tech crew. It would not normally include those with lesser involvement such as the make-up crew.

Students involved in the musical may wear their show t-shirts on Thursday to promote and celebrate opening night. In order to get students home early and allow younger children to attend, the show on Thursday will be a matinee. That means that students who require a longer prep time will miss the end of the school day. I will confirm those students and how much time they require and I will let you know. 

Next week, we will have Wednesday off for Labor Day. To adjust for that, we will have a Wednesday schedule, including chapel, on Monday, 29 April.

The following week, beginning on 6 May, AP and IGCSE exams begin. Check the exam schedules sent out by Joyce and Linda.

He is risen indeed!

15-17 April - Second of the Short Weeks

posted Apr 14, 2019, 3:33 AM by HSD Principal

This is our second short week in a row. Due to Holy Week, we will only have classes Monday through Wednesday. Those days will follow a normal bell schedule. There will not be any classes on Thursday and Friday. Next week, there is actually a full week of school, but don't get too used to it since the following Wednesday (1 May) is off for Labor Day. We will follow a Wednesday schedule on Monday of that week (29 April).

On Tuesday, we will have an HSD meeting after school. We will spend some time reviewing the results from the BCWI survey taken in February. Below are links to the relevant reports if you would like to take a look at them beforehand.
We have been having more issues with students abusing some of our leniencies, so I'm trying to tighten up a few things:
  • Students who visit the Health Office during first period must first check in with their teacher or the office. We have had students turn up late to school and make a quick stop by the Health Office for a pass so they are not marked tardy. The Health Office is aware of this and will be asking students for a pass before they sign in.
  • Also, when students claim not to feel well and ask to rest in the Health Office, the nurses send them back to check with their teachers first. If a student comes and asks to rest, you are welcome to not allow it if you need the student to be present in class. We've had some students stay up way too late and go to the Health Office just to catch up on sleep.
  • We have also had several students sign out of a study hall, but then not go where they said they would be going. For example, we've had students sign out to go to the library or art room, but end up playing basketball, at The V, or cuddling in a dark hallway. I am tempted to not allow students to sign out anymore, but I don't want to jump to that. In the meantime, if you are occasionally able, can you check to see if students are where they told you they would be going? As a reminder, only grade 12 students may visit The V during class time. Any other student must be accompanied by a staff member.
I pray that you would have some time during these busy weeks to point your hearts and minds to Jesus as we anticipate celebrating his resurrection.

10-12 April - First of the Short Weeks

posted Apr 9, 2019, 4:59 AM by HSD Principal

I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend and were able to get some rest and do something fun. These next two 3-day weeks are going to fly by and they are full of activity.

On Wednesday we will hold ExCo elections during chapel time. All the candidates will give short speeches and answer a few questions to explain why they would be good ExCo officers. Students will then vote at the end of the chapel time. We are going to use Chromebooks to vote this year so it's easier to tally votes. We will need at least two teachers at each of the four voting tables to avoid shenanigans during voting. We will get volunteers for that during the assembly. Hopefully, we will be able to announce the nExCo officers before the end of the school day.

Wednesday evening is Sports Awards for track. Come out and recognize the achievements of our third season trackletes.

For homeroom on Thursday, your homerooms/houses will run their own programs. Remind your homeroom leaders to send me their plans if they have not already done so.

Remember that on Friday, 12 April, we will run a Monday schedule and all 8 periods will meet to account for the two truncated weeks in a row.

Friday is also a home swim meet after school. Come watch our students and our visiting swimmers compete.

Within the next day, you will get lists of all students involved in The Music Man. Starting next week, much of their free time will be consumed with production responsibilities. Please help them make sure they are caught up this week so they don't fall further behind during the show.

Due to Holy Week, we will only have classes Monday through Wednesday next week. The bell schedule on those days will not be changed.

1-5 April - Fourth Quarter is Underway

posted Mar 30, 2019, 10:24 PM by HSD Principal

How are we already this far through the year? There are only eight weeks of school remaining before seniors are done with classes and semester exams take place. Plan ahead so you can balance completing your courses with making sure you are not burning yourself or your students out in the process.

Tuesday for ASERT, we will have a short HSD meeting. The rest of the afternoon is your time to work on your CPoE requirements or self-directed PD. This is the final Tuesday dedicated to those activities; PD reports for the year are due during ASERT on 14 May, so plan to de done with your PD work by that day.

The MUN team will return to class on Wednesday. They may wear their conference shirts that day.

Thursday is the NHS Blood Drive. Students should get teacher permission before missing class to give blood. You all are also encouraged to give blood if you are able.

Several students have asked for more latitude in planning their own homeroom activities. As of now, I don't think there are any required topics that need to be covered in homeroom this quarter, so we will allow homeroom/house leaders to determine how they will use the remaining seven homeroom sessions. If something comes up that needs to be done, student leaders will be given a week's notice.

ExCo is sponsoring a Pancakes and Pajamas day on Friday. Activity period will be moved before first period and a pancake breakfast will be offered in Tipunan while classic cartoons play. It will be a slightly relaxed non-uniform day; expectations will be explained in chapel on Wednesday.

This coming weekend is Family Home Weekend. There are no school activities Saturday-Monday and no homework should be assigned to be done during those days. Also, long-term homework should not be due on Tuesday or Wednesday. Due to the Day of Valor, there will also be no classes next Tuesday, 9 April.

Remember that since there are only three class days next Wednesday-Friday (10-12 April), that Friday will be a Monday schedule and all 8 periods will meet.

Begin thinking about whether or not your course(s) will need exams at the end of the semester. All courses are expected to have some culminating assessment, but that assessment may take different forms for different courses. A survey will be send out in a few weeks asking what your plans are. Let me know if you have questions.

11-15 March - End of Q3

posted Mar 10, 2019, 4:35 PM by HSD Principal

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.

4-8 March - Music Festivals

posted Mar 3, 2019, 3:11 PM by HSD Principal

It's only two weeks to March break. I'll keep this update short since we have a divisional meeting this week.

Monday afternoon at 3:30 is the combined MSD/HSD Instrumental Concert. Come enjoy the products of our students' efforts.

Tuesday for ASERT there will be an HSD meeting in the staff lounge.

On Wednesday, the ten students participating in the ACSC Strings Festival will leave for YISS through the end of the week. Then on Thursday, the ACSC Band Festival begins here on campus. Mars emailed out the list of involved students last week.

This Thursday in homeroom we will finish our AXIS series on self harm and suicide. Your homeroom should also finalize plans for extended homeroom next week. Remember that we need to know by Friday if you either will be ordering pizza or if you need your cash up-front.

Make sure you are ready to post updated grades at the end of next week so you can enjoy your break without grading hanging over your head.

25 February-1 March - Senior Trip Already

posted Feb 24, 2019, 1:54 AM by HSD Principal

We had one week of student travel, then one week off. Now we're back to two traveling weeks in a row before the end of the quarter.

Monday evening is the NHS induction. Come celebrate the accomplishments of our student inductees.

After school on Tuesday there will be an All Staff Meeting in Tipunan. The PAC picnic (PACnic?) is also happening that afternoon; you may choose to attend after the All Staff Meeting concludes. See PAC's email for information.

Seniors will be gone on Thursday and Friday for Senior Trip. Keep them and their chaperones in your prayers this week.

Since seniors will all be gone on Thursday, we are pushing back our final AXIS homeroom this month to next week. 

Friday during activity period, Crystal and I will be meeting with students interested in running for ExCo next year. 

Next week (7-9 March) are the ACSC instrumental festivals. Names of involved students will be sent out in the next day or two, along with the students' planned absence forms. We are hosting the Band Festival, so pray for Sarah as she is coordinating it. You are welcome to attend the final concert next Saturday afternoon. 

Keep praying for our staffing situation for next year. We are in need of several teachers in high school - most significantly an English department. We do have confirmed teachers coming for science, ELL, and art, and I'm thankful for their plans to join our team.

11-15 February - Outdoor Ed & ACSC Basketball

posted Feb 8, 2019, 5:54 AM by HSD Principal

With everything going on, it's going to be a bit of an odd week. Don't let that stop you from continuing to engage your students and promote good learning.

The Outdoor Ed seniors will be gone all week, along with about six high school staff - and me. In my absence, Carolyn has volunteered to be OIC for the week. Try not to cause any problems for her.

The ACSC boys will only be in class on Monday. They will have dedicated study time, so don't hesitate to send some work along with them on their trip.

The ACSC girls will be out of class Wednesday through Friday. As you are able, come out to support them in their tournament. If your class schedule can handle a bit of an interruption, you may bring students down to watch games during the school day. If any students would rather not attend with your class, they may work in the library.

We also want to be gracious hosts, so be welcoming to the visiting teams who will be on campus this week.

Tuesday for ASERT you will have self-directed PD time. If you need some options, they are on slide 4 of our last meeting presentation. Think through what would be the most helpful for you as you work through this quarter.

Homerooms will continue the AXIS series on Thursday. We are going through this series instead of doing a CST chapel this term, so please make sure your homerooms go through the material this month. Also, start to think about the extended homeroom time at the end of the quarter and brainstorm what you may want to do.

Remember that on Monday, 18 February, classed have been called off so that teachers can have a bonus work day. Sleep in a bit, but plan on being at school about 8:00-2:00 that day. We will have a high school meeting at 11:00 followed by lunch in the lounge. The rest of the day is yours to use. Again, some PD options are in the slides from our last meeting.

Updated grades also need to be posted by Monday, 18 February. If you post regularly, just keep on your schedule. But if your class has more infrequent assessments, make sure you've got something in your gradebooks so students and their parents can gauge progress this semester.

Have a great week. And if a lot of your students are out this week, it's a great time to build relationships with those who are still in your classes. 

4-8 February - The In-between Week

posted Feb 3, 2019, 3:14 AM by HSD Principal

I was challenged and encouraged by Pastor Mike's messages last week. Please continue to pray that God will work in the hearts of our students - and our own.

Students traveling next week for Outdoor Ed or ACSC should bring around planned absence forms early this week. 

On Tuesday, we will have an HSD meeting in the lounge. You will all need a device, so bring one or check a Chromebook out of the HSD office.

This Thursday, we will begin another homeroom series by AXIS. This one will cover suicide, depression, and self-harm (which was the highest-voted topic by both students and teachers) and will run the month of February. At the beginning of homeroom, willing girls will take a survey as part of an AP Research project; forms will be in homeroom leaders' boxes.

As part of the great office purge of 2019, there are now six 3-drawer filing cabinets available, as well as a cabinet of wide map/poster drawers. If you could use one, let me know this week, or else we will send them to the office supply graveyard in the basement bodega.

If you use filing folders, but don't need new ones, there are now hundreds that can be retrieved from the office. We also have hundreds of brown 8.5x11 envelopes and clear pages. You can ask Mars or Rose to see if there's something you can use.

This is the last week to claim books from P19. If you've got any use for anything in there, please help yourself. If you know of anyone else who may be able to use them, send him or her. I would really like to find new homes for our unused books.

In two weeks on 18 February, the Monday following ACSC and Outdoor Ed, classes have been called off for a teacher work day. There will be no students on campus, but it is an expected attendance day for teachers. I will provide lunch in the high school office, followed by a short HSD meeting. Instructions for the remainder of the day will be sent out later. This is also a required grade-posting day, so each class needs to have representative grades posted by end of day.

So you can plan ahead, 19-22 February will be a regular schedule - two sets of block classes.

Have a great week of learning.

28 January-1 February - Spiritual Emphasis Week

posted Jan 25, 2019, 9:08 PM by HSD Principal

It's SEW this week. Take note of the special SEW schedule - especially the fact that the week will begin with even blocks on Monday. Continue to pray for Pastor Mike as he speaks and our students (and ourselves) as they hear God's word through him. And plan on attending all of the chapel sessions.

The final eligibility check for travel to Outdoor Ed and ACSC basketball will be on Tuesday. Please submit any student about whom you have concerns. Final lists of students traveling will be sent out later this week and students will receive Planned Absence forms.

Tuesday after school we will have another ELL workshop. Everyone should meet in Tipunan and come ready to share progress on your ELL goals for the year.

On Friday morning, ExCo will be providing pancakes for breakfast! Get yours beginning at 6:30 in the Tipunan courtyard before chapel begins at 7:30.

Thanks to everyone who signed up for Ministry Day. If you have not yet, don't fret, you are still welcome to participate. 
  • The bus going to Kalayaan Ministries in Tondo will leave at 7:30 on Friday. That group will miss the final chapel that day, and will not be back in time for the 2:30 vans.
  • The vans to Gentle Hands will leave at 8:30 after chapel. That group should meet in front of the high school office. 
  • Todd's vehicle to Destiny's Promise will also leave at 8:30. 
  • The group going to Cuatro Christian School will gather in Tipunan after chapel and walk down to Cuatro (the big gate should be open to make that easier). This group will return to campus about 12:30 and will eat lunch here. I do need someone to drive one personal vehicle down since we will need to transport a lot of snacks for the day. Let me know if you are willing to do that.
Dress, food, and other site recommendations will be announced during chapels this week.

An email will be sent to parents in a few days, but so you know, there will not be a Tiwalan this year. We began the year hopeful that a student group would be able to produce a book, but that did not happen. Jan Pieren will continue to compile material and we might be able to distribute electronic copies of what he was able to accomplish this year, but even that is not certain.

I appreciate your work on behalf of our students, and I hope SEW is a blessing to you all as well as to our students.

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