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27-31 May - It's the end of the world as we know it.

posted May 26, 2019, 6:39 AM by HSD Principal   [ updated May 26, 2019, 4:03 PM ]

This is it. We have made it to the final week of the school year. It feels like all the things are happening this week, so I'll try to make sure you've got all the information you need. Please read everything below carefully.

Monday is the final day of classes. This will be the last time you see students before exams - or possibly just the last time if you are not giving an exam. Make sure you provide any information they need for the week. You will see them briefly on Friday just to return materials and check out.

Monday is also all seniors' last day. They should come around with their check-out forms for you to sign. If students have returned all books and materials, you can sign them out in your class. If you have seniors first period, please let them know they will need to get their lockers checked either during period 8 or immediately after school.

Senior grades are due for all classes on Tuesday at 4:00PM. After that time, Mars will begin to print report cards, transcripts, and other end-of-year documents. Please, please, please, make sure seniors' grades are current in Sycamore - and posted! - by that time. It is a real hassle to have to reprint senior reports because a grade was not updated. If underclass grades are not in, posting senior grades may temporarily alter their semester grades, but just let them know if you expect that to be a problem. Here is a link to the instructions for preparing grades for reporting. It's written from the perspective of first quarter, but everything happens in the same way. Remember that since we use semester grades in high school, you will only see quarter 3 grades for second semester.

Tuesday through Thursday are semester exams. Refer to the exam schedule and make sure you turn up for any coverage you've been assigned. Students may come and go from campus during those days, but they do need to be in specified locations if they stay on campus when they do not have an exam. During the week, hallways should be kept quiet as students may be taking make-up exams during study blocks, and extended time exams are being proctored in L12 and P19. If you hear noise in your hall, please stick your head out and ask students to be quiet, even if it's not an official exam time.

Tuesday for ASERT, we will have our final All-Staff Meeting in Tipunan. It should be fairly short so you'll have time to finish up those senior grades by 4:00 :)

Wednesday morning is our final All-School Chapel. Students may not be around that morning, but everyone who is on campus should proceed to Cadd at 7:15. This is expected attendance for all staff who work on Wednesdays.

Thursday is our Academic Awards at 11:30. Because of the senior brunch, this will also be held in Cadd. This is required attendance for all high school students and staff. Mars will give your department reps the awards certificates to be presented at that time.

Thursday evening Baccalaureate begins at 6:00. It is seniors' final community worship service as part of our school. There will be corporate music and charges/challenges by some parents of the senior class. The service is about an hour long and there will be a light merienda afterwards provided by the parents of the Class of 2020. Attendance is highly encouraged for all high school staff, but everyone is welcome to attend.

Friday is the last day of the 2018-2019 school year! It is a half day and school will end at 11:00 - see the schedule on the last page of the exam schedule. Students in grades 9-11 will come around that day with their check out forms for you to sign. From 9:05 to 9:25, students need to get their lockers checked. If you teach in Lambert or the second floor of Poppinga, please be in the hallway during that time to sign locker forms. A locker can be signed off only if:
  • there is no damage
  • there are no stickers, tape, adhesive, etc. stuck inside or outside
  • it is not "rigged;" you should not be able to open the locker without using the combination
If there is a problem, note it on the student's check-out form. Also, please check that students are signing out the locker listed on their forms. Sometimes students switch lockers during the year, but they are still responsible for their originally-assigned lockers.

At the end of the school day on Friday, we are going to try something new. Seniors will come to campus with their caps and gowns at the end of school. They will then proceed to walk through the hallways of whichever division they first attended at Faith. As they walk, students will cheer for them, then follow them to the circle for the closing ceremony. More information and instructions will be given during the awards assembly on Thursday.

Commencement is on Friday at 1:00 (not 2:00 as the school calendar said as of two months ago) in Cadd. Our seniors have worked hard to get to this point, so come honor their achievement. The ceremony is usually about 90 minutes and is expected attendance for all staff.

Teacher check-out forms should be in your boxes. Before you mentally check out from the school year, please be sure you have completed all items on your form and turn it in to the office. I will be available to sign forms Saturday and Monday morning, but the offices (business, IT, library) are not open on Saturday, so if you are leaving during the weekend, make sure to get those clearances by Friday.

All semester grades are due at 4:00PM on Monday, 3 June. Again, please make sure you have followed all the end of term instructions. Double check that everything is complete. Once we roll the year over in Sycamore - which will likley happen mid-June - you will no longer have access to your grade books from this year.

The end of year also means our ref in the staff lounge gets its annual purge and clean. If you want to save something in the ref, please label it with your name and move it to the bottom shelf in the drink ref. Anything left in the staff ref as of Tuesday, 4 June will be discarded so the ref can get its long-overdue deep clean.

We are also going to sort our mugs and tupperware collections. If you have personal mugs, plates, tupperware, etc. that you would like to maintain, please take them home or put them in your mailboxes when school ends. All mugs, plates, bowls, etc. left in the cupboard will be labeled HSD and put into circulation for general use next year. Tupperware left will be given to Home Ec. or Tipunan kitchen. And if you have taken any cutlery from the lounge to your class, please return it.

And, before you leave campus for the summer, please be sure your room is clean and organized. If you have personal belongings, please secure them or take them home. I am not worried about theft, but rooms get all sorts of work over the summer months and your things may be moved around during cleaning, repairs on blinds or desks, painting, etc. 

I think that's all. I hope this final week is a good one for you and you feel like you have ended the school year well.

20-24 May - The Last Week of Classes

posted May 19, 2019, 4:53 AM by HSD Principal

Wait... What!?

I have been counting down the weeks until summer and the fact that we're already on our final week of classes surprised me. You have six more class days to impart all the remaining learning to your students.

After school on Tuesday, our seniors will be giving their Transitions Presentations. It's a good experience to see what a Faith finished product looks like. See the information sent out by Steve Hong last week.

Friday evening is the end-of-year party, the ExCo Circus. If you would be willing to chaperone and help run our carnival games, fill out this form; you don't need to commit to the dunk tank in order to chaperone, but it would be fun if you did.

If you have any remaining requirements from last Tuesday's ASERT time, please complete them ASAP. The list and instructions are here.

This week, think through your last days on campus and plan how you will use your time. Make sure you've got the time you'll need to clean up your space, put away materials, and wrap up grading. Before you can check out, you will need to:
  • verify all grades have been posted
  • verify course materials are stored and accessible
  • return all library materials
  • return all equipment to ITS (including school Chromebook if you borrowed one) and fill out their end-of-year form
  • turn in keys if you are leaving
All of those things will be on your teacher checkout forms you will be getting shortly. 

Please continue to pray for both the staff transitioning away from Faith Academy, as well as the staff who will be transitioning to Faith next year. Right now, I only know three names of new high school staff: Ashli Moon and Nikki Nisly who will be teaching art, and Anthony van Engel who will be teaching biology. That's a short list compared with all the people we will be losing. Keep praying.

And, if you have not already done so, respond to the links below... right now.

13-17 May - Three weeks to go

posted May 12, 2019, 2:01 AM by HSD Principal

We are down to two weeks of classes left before semester exams. Keep on keeping on with your students to finish the school year well. 

Monday is Election Day. Rose will be off and Mars will be leaving at 2:30 to vote so the high school office will be closed after school. 

Tuesday for ASERT, we will be meeting in Tipunan for an all teaching staff meeting. There will be time after that meeting to wrap up your PD for the year. 

I will be gone on the Lead Team retreat during school on Wednesday and Thursday. In my absence, Maddy will be the high school OIC.

On Friday during activity period, houses will elect their chairmen for the 2019-2020 school year. Each house will elect two chairmen who may be any grade and gender.

Friday is the deadline for senior grades to determine who needs to take final exams. If you've got seniors in your classes, any who have a grade below B- as of Friday need to take your final exam next week.

Friday is the final high school concert of the year. Come enjoy students' talent while honoring students and staff who are leaving.

Saturday is the White Elephant Sale. If you are buying or selling, come out to the middle school court that morning. If you are not, you may want to avoid campus that morning since it tends to be a bit of a zoo during the sale.

6-10 May - The Beginning of the End

posted May 5, 2019, 5:13 AM by HSD Principal

We have a full-on HSD meeting on Tuesday for ASERT, so I'll keep this short.

There are three full weeks of class before we hit exam week. Some students will be in and out for external exams, but your class schedule won't be interrupted for the remainder of the year. However, there are lots of additional things happening and several dates to keep in mind; see how the Coming Soon sidebar has gotten super full this month.

Monday, from 7-11, the grade 8 students will be visiting high school. Thanks to the teachers involved in working with students during that time. For most of you, it will be a normal Monday.

Tuesday for ASERT, we will have our final HSD meeting in the staff lounge.

Wednesday after school will be the middle school and high school baptisms at the pool. Come celebrate the faith decisions of our students with them.

See you Tuesday after school.

29 April-3 May - One Last Weird Week

posted Apr 28, 2019, 5:13 AM by HSD Principal

Since we have this Wednesday off for Labor Day (enjoy your last bonus break of the school year), the Wednesday schedule has been moved to Monday. So we will start the week with even blocks, including chapel.

Tuesday for ASERT, there will be an All-Staff Meeting in Tipunan.

Sleep in on Wednesday, and convince your students to as well (see below). 

Thursday, homerooms/houses will continue to follow their individual plans. In a couple of weeks, I'll ask for feedback on how those times have gone for your homeroom/house.

Friday during activity period, Sunny will be hosting a short reception in the Cadd lobby to display some of Dave French's art work he's done over the years. Come and see some of the treasures discovered in the recesses of the art room.

Saturday is already the end of year staff banquet. Attendance is expected unless you have spoken to me. Since it is May the Fourth themed, bonus points if you come as Darth Maul or an Ewok.

Next Monday is the grade 9 orientation. Grade 8 students will be joining us in high school for the morning, but will not be attending regular classes to avoid disruption to teaching in the final month of school.

All your PD for the year is due to be complete in two weeks on 14 May. During ASERT on that day, you will be given time to log all of your PD activities on your record, finalize your goals sheets, and submit your CPoE paper if you were working on it this year. Before the end of the year, try to get one more classroom visit in to help you stay inspired in your own classes.

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.

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