Last evening I was planning an event and realized we are 6, short weeks from Winter break! With Thanksgiving just around the corner, that means students have exactly 20 school days until final exams begin.
20 school days.
For freshman, this will be the 1st time they take a comprehensive final exam for each course. The priority at this stage is to ORGANIZE STUDY MATERIALS. What does that look like?
Ask teachers about final review study guides
Gather semester notes from each course
Organize notes into units of study
Begin to review the most difficult material nightly, 10 minutes
Talk with classmates to form study groups
Over the next few weeks, teachers will discuss expectations and begin to set review dates for exams. Keep in mind that stress can wear you down, so be proactive. Think about good sleeping habits, eating well and taking breaks to balance additional study time. Doing small things well adds up over time, and allows your brain and body the ability to perform during times of high pressure.
Hang in there! Break is coming....SOON!
Tonight, November 6th is opening night for ETC's production of Roger and Hammersteins's OKLAHOMA!
Performances begin at 7:00 pm in the large Theater.
Hope to see YOU there!
Eureka PTO will host the first parent meeting for the Class of 2018 on Tuesday evening, November 11th, 6:30 - 8 PM in the PD Classroom (see below*).
This informational meeting will present parents various options for getting involved through PTO. Class Representatives information, fundraising activities and Senior Celebration are just 3 important topics that will be addressed this evening. I will join the discussion and add my insight on parent involvement at our school. You don't want to miss this meeting!
If you have any questions, please contact EHS PTO Vice President of Classes – Becky Sparling via email at email@example.com or call at 314-276-9003.
***The entrance to the PD Classroom is located in the Commons across from the cafeteria serving lines, closest to the Art & Ceramics hallway. There will be signs posted as you enter the Commons, directing you to the correct location.
The following is from EHS PTO Vice President of Classes – Becky Sparling :
FRESHMAN CLASS OF 2018
The time between Freshman and Senior year passes quickly, and before you know it your student will be graduating from Eureka High School and wanting to attend Senior Celebration. For those of you who are new to EHS, Senior Celebration is a drug and alcohol free lock-in "party" for graduating seniors that is held at Eureka High School the night of graduation. The students all have a great time celebrating with their friends in what is the last time that they will all be together. There is plenty of food (and they are all hungry!), casino games, inflatables, music, a hypnotist, Bingo (surprisingly they like the Bingo too!), diving for dollars in the swimming pool, and basketball, to mention just a few of the activities.
We will be holding our first parent meeting for the Class of 2018 around the end of October/beginning of November, and you will want to make every effort to attend. It will be an informational meeting about the PTO's Class Representatives program, fundraising activities and Senior Celebration. We will announce the date as soon as we have it set and hope to see you then. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact EHS PTO Vice President of Classes – Becky Sparling via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am always on the lookout for interesting ways to promote STEM, while encouraging new thinking centered on how best to engage students in STEM fields. I read a short article last night and it reminded me of a defining moment in college that led to a significant change in my passion to study Biology. It came about during a lesson in Calculus.
My professor was trying desperately to teach calculus of finite differences. He paused in the middle of an excruciatingly long problem, and asked us "WHY are we doing this?" I looked up at him and then quickly to the floor. I thought it was a trap; one in which eye contact made the difference between survival and pure humiliation. He asked again, "WHY?" Not a sound.
We had been on this same topic for what seemed an eternity that week, and maybe he'd come to his breaking point. I kept busy doodling and erasing, anything to remain invisible. He instructed us to close our eyes and picture a pinecone. I complied, scared/confused, and waiting. I thought he has lost it; one to many equations. "Consider the pinecone, a sunflower, a Nautilus."
What followed was an amazing conversation about the intrinsic beauty of numbers. Nature and Math: who would've guessed?
THAT's what amazing teachers do. They make the difficult, mundane, or otherwise unrelatable concept REAL, ATTAINABLE, BEAUTIFUL and ENTICING. That's the day I fell in love with an amazing phenomenon known as the Fibonacci Series.
You'll find it in the Mona Lisa, DNA's double helix, and a bowl of Cheerios. The spark had been ignited. THANK YOU, Fr. Gregg!
Your student started high school.
What a difference 6 weeks has made! The freshman class has integrated so well into life at EHS; they are engaged in classes, participating in athletics, clubs and activities throughout the week, as well as enjoying the freedoms that come with being in high school. Every day I am in classrooms humming with the business of learning.
As Progress Grades post to Infinite Campus, try not become too alarmed if your student is struggling a bit. This is a natural part of transitioning to high school. Many families underestimate the impact this change will have on their student. We are seeing them grow through the challenges, and learn how to find the appropriate balance of school, home and teenage activities.
Thank you for choosing EHS for your child. We love them, and are so glad they are WILDCATS!
If a student needs to leave campus and has parent permission, please remind your student to also make their classroom teacher aware ahead of time, if possible.
It allows us to accurately reflect attendance for your student.
EUR-EKA is ranked 387 according to The Daily Beast! Here's the link for more information about the ranking: http://www.thedailybeast.com/features/2014/america-s-top-high-schools.html
We have the BEST KIDS and STAFF around - why expect anything less! CONGRATULATIONS to everyone!
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- Monday is a LATE START day; meaning school begins at 9:46am. (Regular dismissal time.)
- After school, is the Freshman Activity Fair, beginning at 3:15 through 4:00pm in the Commons. All 9th graders are invited to attend and learn about clubs and activities available at EHS. We have music and attendance prizes planned, and will dismiss students just before the start of the 9th grade home football game. Hope to see you there!
Tonight marks the 1st Wildcat Football game of the 2014 Season! We are playing our 109 Rivals the Lafayette Lancers. It should be a great game, as both schools have great programs.
Game time is 7:30 at LHS, and tickets can be purchased at the gate. CATPOUND is dressing in Hawiian shirts tonight!
Hope to see everyone there!