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25-29 September - One Quarter of the Way

posted by HSD Principal

I was in transit yesterday and didn't get around to finishing this, so sorry it's a day late. I didn't get too many emails, so hopefully last week ended smoothly for you all.

I will be wrapping up goals meetings Monday and Tuesday this week. I have really enjoyed hearing your plans for how you hope to help students learn better this year, and I hope we can all encourage each other to keep making progress on our learning goals.

We will be working in biblical integration during ASERT. Whether or not you are doing Truth Project, come to Tipunan and we'll get organized from there.

If you had updates or additions to make to any of your courses on CurriculumTrak, those should be done by the end of the week. If you think you won't quite finish in time, let me know.

As you start to think about October, click on the calendar link above and take note of the sports trips, tournaments, PSAT, etc. taking place during the first three weeks back. A list of students who will be missing school were sent out from Miko last week, so check it twice and give the traveling students any work you are able. Also remember that we will start off second quarter with the all-school assembly at the beginning of the day on 9 October.

We will hold our high school Parent-Teacher Conferences on Friday. Review the conference tips and come ready to have some good talks with parents. If you need a Chromebook so you can access Sycamore during conferences, just pick one up from the high school office on your way over. 

Friday schedule:
  • 7:10-11:00 - half-day schedule, periods 1-8; bell schedule will be posted
  • 11:00-11:45 - lunch in staff lounge provided by parents
  • 12:00-4:00 - Parent-Teacher Conferences in Tipunan
Have a great break! Rest up for second quarter.

18-22 September - Back on Schedule

posted Sep 17, 2017, 2:18 AM by HSD Principal   [ updated Sep 17, 2017, 2:26 AM ]

We made it through a very busy Spirit Week - made even busier due to the unexpected day off on Tuesday. Thanks for being flexible and working through all the craziness. ExCo is still in the process of counting the coins from the coin drive, so it will be a couple of days before we know the official winner of Spirit Week.

Homeroom groups will meet this week for the first time after 3rd period on Thursday. Please fill out meeting locations on this sheet by Tuesday afternoon. We'll post them on Wednesday so students will know where to go. Since your homerooms have met during retreat, hopefully you'll have an idea about whether your group is large enough to make it worth splitting. If you have multiple staff covering your homeroom, feel free to split into two groups if your homeroom would like to. If you don't have a homeroom since you did not attend retreat, feel free to jump into one of the homerooms in your house. More information about how you can spend that time this week will be sent out in a couple of days.

I am remarkably on track to finish yearly goals meetings before break. If you have not completed your goals yet, heed the friendly reminder from Mars to get them completed before our meetings. The teachers I have met with have had some good learning goals; we want to keep serving our students better.

If you have not completed all the sessions for the Truth Project in the past, you should have received an email from me about a week ago alerting you that you will be attending it this year, beginning during ASERT next week. Walt Spicer sent an email with information you will need for the first session. If you completed the Truth Project, we will be doing other learning related to Biblical Integration.

High School Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place next Friday, 29 September on the last day of the quarter. We will have a half day of classes, dismissing at 11:00. Then from 12:00 to 4:00, we will be in Tipunan for conferences. Parents will be able to sign up for 10-minute slots with the teachers they would like to talk with. More information will be coming out in the next week, but in the meantime, keep grades on Sycamore as current as possible so that parents have an accurate picture of how their children are doing in your classes.

Two weeks ago we had issues with students clogging toilets on campus with tissue. This past week, it has been issues with students wasting supplies in the CRs: throwing entire rolls of toilet paper out windows and emptying soap dispensers. The Lambert CRs are the preferred victims. As you are able, pass through the CRs in your areas - even if it's just to just rinse your hands quickly. Right now, it seems like students feel like the CRs are off teachers' radars and therefore their behavior is inappropriate. I want students to feel like they will be discovered if they misbehave in a CR.

I will be off campus Wednesday morning for a Philippine Rugby Football Union meeting scheduling our season for this year. I will also be out on Thursday and Friday this week for a conference in Singapore.

11-15 September - We've Got Spirit!

posted Sep 10, 2017, 3:50 AM by HSD Principal

It's Spirit Week! Be prepared for a wide assortment of costumes, high energy games every day during lunch, and squirrelly students. Here is the Spirit Week info sent out by ExCo last week. If you have a 4th period class, ExCo officers will be coming around briefly each day to tally students in costume according to the daily theme.

In place of meetings during ASERT this week, you may help your houses during their final presentation preparations and rehearsals in Cadd. We will run activity vans on Tuesday in the hopes that all students will be able to attend and participate. If you were part of an accreditation committee that was scheduled to meet that afternoon, you can email your committee chair to let him or her know that you will not be attending.

On Wednesday, house presentations will take place during chapel time, but that hour has been moved to the end of the school day. The adjusted schedule has been posted in the Daily Bulletin and is also on the HSD Events Google calendar. Coaches have been alerted that students will be late to practice so that everyone can stay and make sure materials used by their houses are cleaned up and any borrowed items are returned immediately. 

Wednesday this week is also our scheduled lock-down drill. At the sound of the alarm, you should turn off the lights and aircon in your room, lock the door cover your windows if possible. Refer to the Crisis Plan Manual for full instructions. It is during 8th period, so it is likely we will need to wrangle wandering seniors into classrooms. Make sure students remain quiet for the duration of the drill. After the completion of the lock-down drill is announced, have your students practice a Drop, Cover, and Hold drill as outlined in the Crisis Plan Manual.

Mars has been busily scheduling goals meetings for those of you who have completed your goals sheets. If you haven't finished yours yet, get it done as soon as possible. Then be on the lookout for a calendar invite for your meeting time. Along with your goals, come ready to share what's been good or hard about this school year so far along with your furlough plans - as much as you know them at this point.  

The business office was able to activate a new SIM for the HS principal cell phone number, so I can now be reached at the number that was published at the beginning of the school year - it's in the sidebar. But I will also maintain my personal cell phone number so you don't have to all update your contacts.

There are only three weeks left in the quarter, so make sure you keep your grades up to date as much as possible and use the eligibility procedure to flag students in academic danger.

4-8 September - Double the Fun

posted Sep 2, 2017, 1:09 AM by HSD Principal

This is our first Double Double week. I emailed the schedule last week, but it is also at the bottom of this post for your reference.

We have our first fire drill at 8:05 on Monday morning. Turn off lights and aircon in your room, but don't lock your door. Please make sure your students are quiet on their way down to the elementary court and while they are on the court.

It doesn't feel like it with all the days off, but we are more than half way through first quarter. So students and parents can have an accurate reflection of their progress so far, please post grades by the end of day Wednesday, 6 September.

If your primary responsibility is high school this year, you should have received copy of your goals sheet from Mars this week. Complete it by this Friday, 8 September. We will begin goals meetings next week. If you complete your sheet early, I may try to get some meetings in this week as well.

Two procedural reminders:
  • As you are giving assessments, make sure to check to see which of your students have ESSPs and provide the appropriate accommodations.
  • Use the eligibility reporting procedure (policy) to alert students and parents about academic concerns, but pair each eligibility report with a conversation with the student involved to make sure you both correctly understand the situation.
And two reminders about rules:
  • Enforce the English Only Policy and give demerits as needed. From 6:30 until 4:30, you should not hear students speaking in other languages in classes, hallways, or other activities.
  • We have had some problems with students disrupting chapel; please spread yourselves out in Tipunan and call students on disruptive behavior. Again, feel free to knock students with demerits for inappropriate behavior.  
One week until Spirit Week: break out those costumes.

double double schedule

29 August-1 September - Back to Reality

posted Aug 27, 2017, 1:44 AM by HSD Principal   [ updated Aug 27, 2017, 3:56 AM ]

I don't know how you all felt, but that was a pretty great retreat. I hope you all got a chance for some good interactions with each other and with students. As you have the opportunity in your classes, help students recall what Pastor James spoke about and connect it with your subject matter.

Hopefully you all have had a chance to rest and will enjoy having a bonus day off on Monday. Except for that day off, we will be following a regular bell schedule this week. 

Tuesday's ASERT will be an HSD divisional meeting. We'll meet in the staff lounge starting at 1:40. Bring whatever you need to work on lesson plans for the following week.

Homeroom time on Thursday will be given to houses to continue planning for Spirit Week presentations.

Next week we will have our first double double block week; we'll spend much of our staff meeting preparing for that time.

So you can put it on your calendars now, we will have our first fire drill next Monday, 4 September, at 8:05. Students will be told it's coming that week, but will not know exactly when.

FYI, I will be off campus Wednesday and Thursday this week - 30-31 August - for the Admin Retreat. Yes, you heard correctly, I get two retreats in the span of a week. But this one will have 100% fewer students and pig feet.

21-25 August - Retreat Week

posted Aug 20, 2017, 1:56 AM by HSD Principal   [ updated Aug 21, 2017, 8:36 PM ]

High School Retreat is this week! The ExCo officers with Etta and Crystal have worked hard to put together a great experience for everyone. Look out for information and travel logistics for Thursday, but your cabin groups, discussion groups, and retreat responsibilities can be found here.

Eligibility checks begin this week. Hopefully you will not have any students in need of a submission, but you should have gotten a reminder from Mars giving the eligibility policy and instructions for submitting eligibility information via Sycamore before Tuesday morning. Beginning this week, you will receive an email every weekend reminding you to submit eligibility information, and and email on Tuesday listing students who are affected that week.

Tuesday we will have odd double blocks. As you talk through your weekly plan with students on Monday, remind them of this.

Thursday schedule:
We have a half day of school before we leave for retreat, but we will not have classes that day. Instead, we will spend time doing some non-academic start-of-year things that we need to get done:
  • 7:10-8:10 - Class Officer Elections; attend if you are advising a class
    • Home Ec: grade 12
    • Drama Room: grade 11
    • Meeting Hall: grade 10
    • Tipunan: grade 9
  • 8:10-8:30 - Explanation of service hours for grade 9 and new students in Tipunan
  • 8:30-10:30 - House meetings to begin planning for Spirit Week; all available HSD staff attend
    • L4: Anastasis
    • Drama Room: Machaira
    • Meeting Hall: Kaio
    • Tipunan: Tharseo
Your house email groups have been updated. House advisors and student house reps have the rights to send emails to the groups, so feel free to use them as you begin to plan for Spirit Week.

In your boxes you should have received new copies of our Vision/Mission and SLR posters. Please display them in your teaching space, office, common area, etc. If you received more than one set, they should have been labeled with where they should be placed. The blue Mission/Vision poster should be more prominent, so it should go either on the left or on top, depending on how you arrange your posters.

If you book Chromebooks, but end up not needing them for your class, please remove the reservations from Google calendar so they are freed up for other classes. At the very least, contact Mars or Rose that you don't need them so they know they are available for others.

I am leaving the articles and resources on using longer teaching periods down in the Teacher Talk section. If you haven't looked through them yet, read through them before our divisional meeting on 29 August.

And remember that Monday, 28 August is a day off. Enjoy the extra day of sleep after retreat :)

14-18 August 2017 - Our First Real Week

posted Aug 12, 2017, 1:47 AM by HSD Principal

We made it through our first full week of classes, complete with four kids who may still smell like onion, some displaced sports try-outs, and four hours of AXIS presentations. 

Thanks for accommodating your schedules so we could host the team and allow them to speak to our community. As you are able, help your students recall concepts they spoke about and connect their presentations to your course content. Also, I've already received an email from one of them expressing a desire to return to work here "as soon as this tour is done", so we may end up getting a teacher out of the deal too!

Divisional devotions and prayer will begin officially this Tuesday morning. Join us in the staff lounge at 6:50 to start your day off being encouraged by the Word and each other. The schedule for leading devotions is here and in the sidebar.

This Wednesday is our HSD Meet the Teacher afternoon. Unless cleared it with me, all teaching staff are expected to be in their rooms from 2:40 until 4:15 on Wednesday afternoon. You should have one session per course you teach; check the schedule to see when parents will be visiting you. And here are some brief guidelines for how to spend the time. If you only have a few parents, feel free to break script and just informally chat with them about your class and their work. To make up for having to stay late on Wednesday, there will be no after school meetings or responsibilities on Tuesday - unless you are a cross-over teacher.

High School Retreat is next week. If you haven't yet, fill out the chaperone form so ExCo can work out adult roles for the retreat. The day we leave for retreat - 24 August - will be a half day at school, but we will not have classes. Students will spend the time electing class officers and beginning to plan for Spirit Week.

A reminder from the library: Study Hall teachers may send up to five students per period to the library. Other classes may not send students to the library unless accompanied by the teacher. If you plan to bring your class to the library for class activities, make sure to reserve the space you plan on using (conference room, IT room, open commons) in Google calendar to ensure multiple classes aren't expecting to use the same space at the same time.

The Tuesday before retreat - 22 August - we will have the odd double blocks on the same schedule we used during the AXIS week.

In getting ready for our double double block week, I've provided some resources below in the Teacher Talk section. Look them over before our divisional meeting 29 August.

7 - 11 August 2017

posted Aug 5, 2017, 1:20 AM by HSD Principal   [ updated Aug 6, 2017, 4:45 PM ]

You made it through the first week! It felt longer than three days, so hopefully you were able to get some rest over Family Home Weekend. 

I'm going to try using the format of the HSD web page again so you can always check back here to find information and links when you need them.

Monday is the final day for student-initiated course changes, so by the end of the day your class rosters should accurately reflect who will be in your classes this semester. If the office needs to make changes for some reason, we will inform the teachers involved. 

Starting on Tuesday, begin taking attendance on Sycamore at least for the first period of the day and the first period after lunch - normally periods 1 and 5, periods 2 and 6 on Wednesdays. You don't need to worry about marking absences excused/unexcused, just indicate when students are not present.

I was unable to convince a student to be our office aid to deliver mail during 5th period, but JinSeong Kim volunteered to deliver mail during 6th period. So for this semester, student mail will be delivered during 6th period. Rose will still deliver mail during 5th period on odd double block days.

This week is our AXIS seminar, so Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday will have special schedules. Full details of the seminar can be found here.

We have our next divisional meeting this week, so you'll hear more then. Meet at 1:40 in the HSD staff lounge.

Thank you for all your work in getting the school year started. 

One last time...

posted May 28, 2016, 1:49 AM by HSD Principal   [ updated May 28, 2016, 8:02 PM ]

Here we are at the final week!  Praise our faithful Lord who sustains and gives grace in abundance! Final reminders and FYIs for this last week…

- EXAMS: Please review the Exam Guidelines if you are giving or proctoring an exam. While the open campus policy is in place, students may not roam campus during an exam period. There are designated areas for them to stay if they are on campus but don’t have an exam. Kindly help enforce this even if you are not proctoring or giving an exam. A reminder: Staff attendance from Tuesday to Thursday is expected even if you are not giving or proctoring an exam.

- GRADES: Please do your final posting of Senior grades by Monday, May 30 at 8am. We need to have their transcripts ready by Friday. All other grades are due on Monday, June 6. Again, if you have students who are receiving Ds or Fs, please make sure to discuss their grades with me first before the final posting.

- CHECK-OUT: Teacher check-out packets are in your boxes. Student check-out sheets will be distributed by 1st period teachers on Friday. [First period teachers - student sheets will be in your boxes toward the end of the week.] I will be here on Saturday if you need a signature.  However, Mars is proctoring for the SATs that day, so please process other exit items with her on Friday (June 3) or even if possible on Monday (June 6).

- LAST DAY: Please note that the revised bell schedule for the last day of classes has very short class times and includes a session for houses to meet one last time before break. Flag Lowering Ceremony will begin at 10:45. Please be sure to dismiss you house meeting in time for the students to get to the circle.

- SENIOR EVENTS: Please be reminded that all HSD staff members are expected to be at Baccalaureate and Commencement. Baccalaurate begins at 6pm on Thursday, June 2. Staff call-time for Commencement is 1:30 pm on Friday, June 3. Please do not be late especially for Commencement call time as instructions (including walking partners) will be given out then. Professional dress is required for both events, which includes appropriate footwear ;-). Please see Wendy if you have any questions about attire.

Have a blessed final week!

Can you believe it?

posted May 20, 2016, 5:24 PM by HSD Principal   [ updated May 21, 2016, 10:57 PM ]

Last FULL week of classes.  Some things never cease to amaze…

- EXAMS: Apologies that the exam schedule has not been completed yet. With Joyce away, we have needed to scramble a bit.  Please bear with us. It will be out early this week. Seniors who need to take exams will of course do theirs this week sometime if not done already.  

- END of YEAR: There are many details and dates to remember this last month of school. For your convenience, please keep this End of year - need to know 2016 handy.

- SENIORS: This is their last week. Check out forms should be distributed on Thursday by first period teachers. The forms will be in your boxes by Wednesday. Grades for Seniors are due on Monday, May 30 at 8am.

- ACADEMIC AWARDS:  This will take place on Wednesday this week during our regular chapel time. On Monday, I will send out specific instructions as to how this will be run this semester. In the meantime, as before, lead teachers and department coordinators, please make sure you have appropriate blurbs for each award. 2-3 sentences is more than enough. By the way, the list of awardees has been finalized.  There were only a few awards where your second choice awardee was given the award. Ask us if you want to know.

- ASERT: There are no formal ASERT activities scheduled this week, although early release is still happening. Many of you are trying to finish off your Curriculum Trak and Curriculum folder work. Please feel free to use the time as necessary.

Have a great week!

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