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, conduct student led conferences, prepare for HSPE proctoring, and one Monday for department collaboration. This was quite an array of different activities, but all necessary.
Opportunity Time: We continue to get positive anecdotal comments from seniors regarding opportunity time during senior interviews. Most students are appreciative of the time and attention they are getting. Friday Rewards have been a positive motivator for many students and we are finding that overall the program is being received well by staff and students. The down side is that we have 80 students who currently have 2 or more failing grades, but on a bright side, I can tell you each of their names and a little about their struggles.
Other information: This was a difficult month to develop a rhythm. We had three days of HSPE, early releases for student led conferences and the official end of 3rd quarter on March 26th. In fact, of the 19 school days this month, we were only able to run a "normal" schedule on 8 of those days. State testing did go well and although there were fewer days of testing, it appears the students are working longer each day of testing, so we are glad that we left the test window at 3+ hours per day.