What’s up This Week, Chap. 2 (I told you it was coming!)

Early Release Day and Teacher Workshop Day

Parents, please take note that students will be dismissed on Thursday at 11:15 am and there is no school for students on Friday. All teachers will be engaged in professional development activities during this time.

February 6th Digital Learning Day

Digital Learning Day is a national campaign that celebrates teachers and shines a spotlight on successful instructional practice and effective use of DLDlogotechnology in classrooms across the country. The inaugural Digital Learning Day boasted tens of thousands of teachers representing nearly 2 million students.

The second annual Digital Learning Day is gaining momentum with ongoing activities, ideas, and collaboration opportunities leading up to February 6, 2013. Join the wave of education champions who seek to engage students, celebrate and empower teachers, and create a healthy learning environment, personalized for every child. Participation is free and easy. To sign up click here.

What is MYIHS?

MIYHSOn February 4th our students will be administered the Maine Youth Integrated Health Survey (MYIHS). The MIYHS was first administered in 2009 and will be offered in February of odd-numbered years. The MIYHS is the result of collaboration between the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (Maine Center for Disease Control and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services) and the Maine Department of Education. Its purpose is to quantify the health of Kindergarten and Grade 3 students through parent interviews, and the health-related behaviors and attitudes of 5th through 12th graders by direct student survey.

Parents and Guardians received a letter explaining the purpose of this survey and how the state would be using the results to help set in place plans to help our kids lead healthier lives. If you have any questions about the survey, please call the Main Office and ask to speak to the Principal.

On Monday, February 4, we will have an extended Advisory in the morning and then run a schedule as if we had a 1 hour delay. So, the schedule will be:

7:35 – 7:55 – Advisory
7:55 – 9:00 – MYIHS Administration
9:00 – 9:45 – Period 1
9:45 – 10:30 – Period 2
10 :30 – 11:15 – Period 3
11:15 – 12:30 – Period 4
11:15 11:40 – 7th Grade Lunch
11:40 – 12:05 – 8th Grade Lunch
12:05 – 12:30 6th Grade Lunch
12:30 – 1:15 – Period 5
1:15 – 2:00 – Period 6
2:00 – 2:10 – Advisory

Lost and Found Department

lostnfndI am always amazed at how much clothing, lunch boxes, footware and water bottles our students lose. As you enter the school through the main entrance, we have a display of all of the things that have been left in our hallways, playing fields and classrooms, presumably by our students. We like to think that as the kids exit the school they will notice their really nice fleece jacket that Aunt May gave them for Christmas and remember to pick them up. Unfortunately, they never seem to pick them up.

Here are some pictures of “stuff” that currently reside in our lost and found department.


Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

One of my favorite quotes from Mark Twain is “There are lies, damn lies and statistics”. I have used this very quote many times when I talk to folks about test results of students and what the results actually mean. I have also used the quote in many other ways because it fits so many situations… and, quoting Mark Twain makes you look smart!

So, I thought could combine two things that I like in this posting, Mark Twain quotes and TED Talks. Here is a very tongue in cheek look at using statistics to create the perfect TED talk by using statistics. I hope you enjoy it.

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