To: Michael Green
From: John Shoup
CC: School Board members
Re: February Review
Here is an overview of the key activities we worked on in relation to teaching and learning this month.
Monday’s: We had three Monday’s this month for staff development time. We used the time to prepare staff for the upcoming student led conferences and Navigation 101 training, and department collaboration time which included a presentation by Asha on the new Common Core standards.
Curriculum Handbook: There was quite a bit of work this month preparing our curriculum handbook for course offerings for the 2013-2014 school year. It seems that literally everyone is involved in this project, but it is critically important as it will culminate in the development of our master schedule for next year.
Other information: A special shout out to Joan Huston and her FBLA students who did extremely well at regionals. We had 32 students qualify for the state competition which occurs over at the end of April. Also, I would like to mention the wonderful “Taste of Jazz” event which Brent LiaBraaten organized. This event had performance by both our band and choir groups as well as having the food catered by Kim Miller’s students.
This is the final big push to prepare our students for the reading and writing HSPE which will begin in March. In addition, many of our seniors will be making their final culminating project presentations during the HSPE testing window. As we prepare students for student led conferences and registration, we took many of our sophomores to the Skill Center for a preview at the end of the month. Mrs. Thorson, Ms. Lindberg and Mrs. Sloniker have been working with the middle school to schedule students for next year. On a final note, we once again survived Valentine’s Day and found ways to make it not too much of a disruption for our students and staff.