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23-27 April - Carol Foutz Day & Junior/Senior

posted Apr 21, 2018, 12:52 AM by HSD Principal

It was a long and busy week and it was great to watch the Wizard of Oz, seeing the result of over 100 staff and students working together to pull off a fantastic show.

We are down to five weeks of classes before semester exams. I can't believe so much of this school year is already behind us. So you know, I did agree to be high school principal for at least one more year, so I'll be in the office again next year.

Tuesday, 24 April is Carol Foutz Day, celebrating her 25 years of service to Faith Academy.
  • Feel free to dress as a literary character on Tuesday to recognize Carol's support of literacy.
  • There will be a short assembly at the beginning of the day at the flag pole to kick off the day.
  • We will be helping to stock a library, so bring a new or like-new book to donate.
  • During 7th period, there will be three short bells marking the beginning of our school-wide reading time for 1988 seconds. If your schedule allows it at that time, have your students stop and read - and you should stop and read as well! There will be three more short bells marking the end of the time.
  • After school, there will be a reception in Tipunan to honor Carol.
This Friday is the Junior/Senior Banquet. Students in grades 11 and 12 who are attending the banquet and are academically eligible are excused from classes that day. If you are struggling to get work in, feel free to use the inactive status this week to incentivize students to get work turned in by Thursday so they can be excused on Friday. 

Next week, since we have Tuesday off for Labor Day (enjoy your last bonus day off before the end of the year), we will hold a single block schedule on Monday, 30 April. Wednesday and Thursday will be double blocks with singles again on Friday.

That Saturday evening, 5 May, is the End of the Year Staff Banquet, during which we will honor staff members for their years of service and say goodbye to staff who will be leaving. The event is expected attendance for all staff, so respond the email form that the banquet committee sent out last week.

The following Monday, 7 May, we will have the grade 9 orientation and shadowing, inviting up all the current grade 8 students. If you teach grade 9 students during 6th period, they will have grade 8 students shadowing them for that period.

Think ahead to whether or not you will be giving a final exam during exam week. Shortly, a survey will be sent out asking your plans for your class(es). 

If you teach an AP course, the applications will be sent to you this week for review. Next week, they will be sent out for students to apply for the classes for next year.

Take a deep breath; it's the beginning of the end.

16-20 April - OZ!

posted Apr 15, 2018, 1:49 PM by HSD Principal

Seriously, go see The Wizard of Oz this week. You will be so happy you did.

Here again is the list of students involved in the musical who have leniency on work that is due this week.

Double double blocks pick up again this week. Here is the schedule we will follow. Remember that our week begins on an even block schedule with period 2.

The activity period on Monday means that seniors will often have an extended lunch and be able to leave campus with parental permission. However, seniors may not leave campus if they are ineligible. So feel free to hold that privilege over your seniors who may be slow at getting assignments turned in. Since eligibility checks are on Tuesday, the previous week's lists will be used to determine who may not leave.

Our ASERT meeting will be a high school division meeting this week. I will try to keep it short and sweet, so make sure you are in the staff lounge by 1:40 so we can start on time.

Next Tuesday, 24 April, will be Carol Foutz Day to celebrate her 25 years of service. There will be an after school party for her, and for a brief time during the day, the entire campus is going to drop what it's doing to read. As soon as I hear specifics, I will let you know what that means for our schedule.

Next Friday, 27 April is the Junior / Senior Banquet. The class of 2019 is hosting the event to honor the graduating class of 2018. Since the banquet falls on a Friday, those attending have permission to miss school that day. I am sorry for that unexpected inconvenience; I did not stay on top of the event and was backed into a corner. A Friday banquet will not be an option next year.

The day before Jr/Sr, NHS will be holding its second semester Blood Drive. As usual, students may not miss your class to give blood without your permission. 

Each house has about 7000 Php available to use for house events this year. If you are a house coordinator, either you or one of your house leaders may make a proposal to me for how you would like to use those funds. Do something fun to get your house together.

This week I will start having conversations about roles for next year with some of you. We have some potential teachers in the application process and I need to be sure I know what positions we still need covered for next year. Be praying for that process; Jessica Ransom and crew are scrambling to respond to each hint of interest as quickly as possible so we can get the teachers we need on campus.

10 - 13 April - One more short week

posted Apr 9, 2018, 4:41 AM by HSD Principal

I hope you all enjoyed the extra long weekend as we get the final quarter rolling.

You should have seen an email from Brian: Tuesday's ASERT will be the Truth Project or your book study. Meet in your regularly scheduled location.

Beginning next week (16 April), we will return to running double double blocks. To give you all Fridays to run assessments and wrap up learning, we will swap the Monday and Friday schedules. The full schedule will be shared in a day or two.

Next week is also show week for The Wizard of Oz. You should go see it - really. During show week, students who are involved in the show are given leniency on turning in work. A full list of involved students with the policy from the student handbook will be emailed to you. This is an early warning as you plan for the coming week.

Also Oz related, the Thursday show will be a matinee that will begin at 4:00. To make show time, some students involved will miss the end of school in order to prepare. 

Buckle up. It's a busy ride to June.

3-6 April - Race to the End

posted Apr 2, 2018, 4:57 AM by HSD Principal

It's 4th quarter already! I hope you all have had a restful break and feel ready to tackle the last stretch of school before summer. To ease you back into waking up early, we will have two 4-day weeks to start off the quarter.

Our first day back from break, Tuesday,3 April, we will be celebrating Tine and Jan Hardeman's 60th year. Classes will be a bit shortened and there will be a ceremony at the end of the day in the eponymous gym. The bell schedule for the day is below. You should have seen in Anette's email, but we will all be wearing band-aids in recognition of Jan's long-time service in the nurses' office. 

7:10 - 7:46
7:51 - 8:27
8:32 - 9:08
9:13 - 9:49
9:49 - 10:15
10:19 - 10:54
11:01 - 11:37
11:43 - 12:19
12:24 - 1:00
Hardeman Celebration
1:05 - 1:30

As is the first day back to school after the ACSC Track tournament, the students who travelled may wear their tournament shirts and track jackets on Tuesday, 3 April. Some may also wear medals they won so you can congratulate them on their performances.

The remainder of the first two weeks back we will run a normal bell schedule. Remember that Family Home Weekend is 7-9 April, so do not assign work over that weekend. There will be no classes on Monday, 9 April.

Beginning the week of 16 April, we will again run Double Double Blocks. As it is our year of trying out bell schedules, we will try one more variation that will put all the single blocks on Friday. I heard from several of you that not having all your classes on the last day of the week makes it hard to run your scheduled assessments and wrap up units, so we'll move the single block day to Fridays. That does mean that the week will start with even double blocks, so students will need to remember to go to period 2 first thing on Monday mornings.

If you haven't looked in a while, now is a good time to review your goals for the school year and check what progress you have made. You still have a quarter to adjust practices or try out new methods to help you meet your goals.

19-21 March - End of the quarter

posted Mar 18, 2018, 4:42 PM by HSD Principal   [ updated Mar 18, 2018, 4:52 PM ]

Our seniors are gone on Senior Trip this week. Pray for their safety and that they will make good use of their time as a class before their final quarter.

Tuesday after school in the staff lounge we will have a discussion about student device use during school. The discussion is completely optional, so feel free to opt out if you have something else to do. 

Wednesday during lunch, we'll have our annual high school chili lunch! 

Before you head off to break, clean your food out of the ref in the staff lounge.

Also, make sure your grades are up to date this week so parents have a gauge of how their children are doing. If you think it is more appropriate, you can overwrite a student's letter grade with an I (incomplete) in Grade Book > Grade Postings if he or she is missing significant work.

Our first day back after break, 3 April, we will have a celebration for Tine and Jan's 60th anniversary at Faith. Classes will be shortened so we can finish the school day at 1:00 and have a shindig in the newly-rededicated gym in their honor.

The first two weeks of quarter 4 will be 4-day weeks. We will run a normal bell schedule those two weeks. The first weekend - 7-9 April - is Family Home Weekend, so don't plan on assigning work over that weekend.

Beginning 16 April, we will return to double double block weeks. Several of you told me it was difficult to finish weeks without the single blocks on Friday for unit wrap up activities and assessment. So since this is our year of experimenting with schedules, we are going to switch the single block day to Friday. This means that there will be even double blocks on Mondays and students will need to remember that they will start the week with period 2. 

Thanks for all your work on behalf of students this quarter. I hope your break is restful and you are able to return energized to finish the school year.

12-16 March - Internal Exams and Last Full Week

posted Mar 11, 2018, 4:27 PM by HSD Principal

It's the last full week of the quarter and all of our students are back on campus. Since all the things were happening last week, this week's update will be fairly short.

This week the IGCSE Internal Exams will run Tuesday through Thursday. Grade 9 and 10 students will be off schedule as they prepare for and take their exams. For most of you, that just means that you won't be seeing underclassmen in your classes. Those of you with responsibilities should have heard from Linda with what you'll need to do.

Senior trip begins this weekend, and seniors will not be in class the three days next week. If you need things from them for this quarter, make sure you get it this week.

As a heads up, next Tuesday after school (20 March) we will be holding an optional discussion about student device use on campus. I will send out some articles and information later this week so you can do a bit of prep work if you'd like. If you would like to come to the discussion, you may, but it will not be required.

Next week before break, we will run single blocks for those three days. Wednesday, 21 March will be our annual high school end of third quarter chili lunch. Come to the staff lounge and enjoy lunch with all your coworkers.

5-9 March - Accreditation Week

posted Mar 4, 2018, 3:56 AM by HSD Principal   [ updated Mar 4, 2018, 4:02 AM ]

It's accreditation week, so just about all of this update will deal with accreditation happenings. The team members have all arrived in country; I just had dinner with them and they are very friendly and understand Faith's identity, so don't be intimidated by them.

As you think of it, pray for the accreditation team and the process. We want them to understand our entire community and acknowledge all that we have done and will continue to do.

The team will be visiting your classes during the week, so please:
  • dress nicely and wear your name tag
  • have a chair available near your door for team members to use while they observe
Other than that, just carry on as normal. Team members do have the authority to interview all staff members, so if they talk to you, take the time to answer their questions as best as you can.

The following students will be meeting with the accreditation team on Monday from 10:15-11:00 in the library conference room. Please let them out of class at 10:10 so they can be on time. 
JuHwan Kim, Zach Hagen, Jan Pieren, Caleb Arguna, Erika Isleta, Ariel Yu, Grace Baik, Hojean Jin, SaeYoung Hong, Isabel Kuy, and Scott Gocon

The following student leaders will be meeting with the accreditation team on Tuesday from 11:20-12:00 in the library conference room. Please let them out of class at 11:15 so they can be on time. 
Jaden Hong, Mikayla Hagen, HaEun Baik, Melissa Reyes, Sunny Kim, Fernando Martinez, Bekah Lehman, BeomSu Choi, Michelle Ishak, Cameron Henderson, Grace Ransom, Harry Nam, and Mim Farkas

As Brian mentioned in his email, there are two mandatory staff meetings associated with the accreditation process. 
  • Tuesday afternoon: HSD staff will meet in the staff lounge with team members
  • Thursday afternoon: the team will share their findings with the school community in Tipunan
Both of the above meetings will include snacks!

    And a few non-accreditation-related items:

The MUN trip is still underway, and those students will miss the first part of the week. On Wednesday, after chapel, the ACSC choir (click the next tab on the sheet) will leave for their trip and will miss the remainder of the week.

To prepare for their upcoming concert, students in the instrumental ensemble classes - strings and band - will have combined rehearsals with middle school during homeroom this week. If the accreditation team has finished classroom visits by then, I will ask you to release those students from 3rd period early so they can maximize their rehearsal time. I'll confirm that for you by Wednesday.

Students in grades 9 and 10 will be off-schedule next week - 13-15 March - for IGCSE internal exams. Linda should have emailed you the details if it affects you, but plan ahead if you teach underclassmen.

And while you are planning ahead, all seniors will be away on the senior trip the 3-day week before break - 17-21 March. So the last day you will see seniors in your classes this quarter is Friday, 16 March.

The three days before break - 19-21 March - will be single block schedules and we will not have chapel that week.

Since it's happened twice, it's tradition! We will have our end of third quarter chili lunch in the high school lounge during lunch on 21 March.

26 February - 2 March - Week of Ceremonies

posted Feb 25, 2018, 3:43 PM by HSD Principal   [ updated Feb 25, 2018, 4:36 PM ]

All ACSC basketball players should be back in class Monday. A few parents emailed and said they were keeping children home, but this will not be an excused absence.

There are two ceremonies honoring students this week that you are welcome to join: NHS inductions are Monday night, 26 February, at 6:30 in Tipunan. Second season sports awards are Thursday night, 1 March, at 5:30 in Tipunan. Come and celebrate our students' accomplishments.

Mid-quarter grades should have been posted last Friday, and tomorrow I will be emailing parents, asking them to check up on their children's grades. If you don't have current grades in your classes posted, get them up today.

We will have an all-school chapel first thing on Tuesday morning in Cadd. It will last 45 minutes and then we will have shortened periods 1-8. To accommodate chapel, we will run double blocks on Monday and Wednesday. See the full week's schedule below. Right now, the plan is to have an extended lunch for everyone on Friday with available playground-type games in the circle.


     Odd Doubles


   Chapel with periods 1-8


   Even Doubles


   Odd Doubles


  Even Doubles


7:10 - 8:45

  All School Chapel

7:10 - 7:55


7:10 - 8:45


7:10 – 8:38


 7:10 - 8:38


8:00 - 8:33


8:50 - 10:25


8:38 - 9:11


 8:50 - 10:25


  8:43 - 10:11


 8:43 - 10:11


9:16 - 9:49


 10:25 - 11:05


9:54 - 10:27


   10:25 - 11:05


   10:16 - 10:45

  Activity Period

 10:16 - 10:45


10:27- 10:58


  10:45 – 11:19


10:45 – 11:19


  11:10 - 12:45


11:03 - 11:36


  11:10 - 12:45


  11:24 - 12:52


 11:24 - 12:52


11:41 - 12:14


12:50 - 2:25


12:19 - 12:52


12:50 - 2:25


    12:57 - 2:25


12:57 - 2:25


12:57 - 1:30

Our ASERT this week will be a follow-up session on SLR #2. Plan on meeting in Tipunan at 1:40.

The MUN team will leave for their trip and miss school Friday this week; They will be gone through next Wednesday. Some of the students will also join the ACSC Honor Choir trip next week and will miss the whole week of class.

Remember that next week is our accreditation visit, so avoid test or videos Monday through Thursday; the team wants to see you teaching. As part of the visit, they will meet with different groups of students during the day, so some high school students will miss an hour of class Monday and Tuesday. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we are working according to the team's schedule for the week. They will meet with you all after school on Tuesday.

Next week is also International Week in elementary. Friday will be the annual Parade of Nations in which all the ESD students dress up in international garb and parade around the circle. The parade should be at the end of period 1 / start of period 2. You are welcome, but my no means required, to bring your class out to watch the parade.

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.

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