To: Michael Green
From: John Shoup
CC: School Board members
Re: March Review
Here is an overview of the key activities we worked on in relation to teaching and learning this month.
Monday’s: We used our Monday’s to prepare for Students led conferences, prepare for HSPE proctoring, and the final two Monday’s were for departments to work together. I know several of the departments were very thankful for this time as we had not had any department collaboration time since December 17th.
Honors and Awards: I am very proud of our Health Occupations Students of America club (HOSA) which had 5 sophomores compete in the state leadership competition this month. All five students made it into the top 8 in their event, with Virn Warndahl placing first in his event, medical photography. We also have a small group of students competing in the Skills USA (culinary) competition and the team did great. We have 5 students who qualified for the state competition after their strong regional showing.
Other information: This was a difficult month to develop a rhythm. We had three days of HSPE, four early release days for student led conferences and the official end of 3rd quarter on March 15th . During the state testing window, we had the majority of our seniors make their culminating project final presentations. The adult panels were great and our students did a nice job with only 3 seniors left who have not met standard. Speaking of standards, this year for the second year in a row our underclassmen were evaluated against a rubric during their student led conferences. This helped to bring another level of seriousness to the conferences. Students have the ability to earn ½ credit in for the advisory work and this student led conference is a major component of receiving that ½ credit.