I am so proud of the work our students do, both in and out of the classroom. One such example of outstanding leadership has been in the works for a few months now.
Last semester, several Jr./Sr. students approached me about wanting to support a few 9th grade boys who were struggling academically, behaviorally, and/or socially. These upperclassmen students saw a lot of themselves in the 9th graders, and wanted to be the peer mentors they wished they had when they were younger.
Since that time, 4 seniors: LaRonn Woods, Dimitrius Marks, Chaun Smith, Mike Hill, and 1 junior: Leon Hale, have been meeting with EHS staff to plan the mentoring group. They identified 9th grade students to meet with during lunch hours and began this week. They are calling their group "Fellowship of Young Men" or FYM.
I applaud each of these outstanding young men for the intention and commitment behind this effort. They are great examples of Wildcat excellence! I am excited to see what comes from this endeavor, and know the freshman boys are in very capable hands!
I'll keep you posted!
January events and news:
As of TODAY, Semester 1 grades are available on Infinite Campus. Please check your student's grade report, and contact the appropriate grade level office or teacher if you have questions.
As the calendar flipped and 2015 arrived, we are planning for next school year. Next week on Monday, January 12th, EHS will host our annual Curriculum Night. This event allows prospective, as well as current, EHS families the opportunity to learn about enrollment, course offerings, and scheduling. Make plans to attend!
Grade level principal's hosted Class meetings this week to address various topics pertinent to each grade level. Class Meeting presentations are here.
Late Start dates in January: 12th and 26th.
No School Monday, January 19th
Below is the schedule for this week's final exams.
I want to make you aware of a few very important policies during final exams.
Freshman are not eligible to exempt an exam.
Students may NOT take exams early.
Students are NOT allowed to be dismissed early from an exam. This creates a disruption and is not allowed. Please make arrangements to pick up your student AFTER the exam period is over.
If a student misses an exam, and the absence is EXCUSED, they may take the exam during the make-up dates in January, 2015.
Good Luck to everyone!
Winter final exam schedule.pdf
It is incredible to believe our students are almost finished with 1st semester. In case you aren't aware...Final exams begin tomorrow!
Here are my top 5 tips for better performance on your exams.
THROUGHOUT THIS WEEK:
1. PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE. This week is high stakes for many students; your phone is a distraction you cannot afford.
2. GET AT LEAST 6 HOURS OF SLEEP. Pulling an "all-nighter" works against your brains ability to think clearly and remain focused.
3. DRINK WATER. You need to stay well-hydrated, especially when under stress. Your brain needs water to think clearly and remain focused.
4. CREATE A STUDY SCHEDULE, and stick to it. Set priorities giving the most difficult material the top slot. If you organized your study materials a few weeks ago when I suggested, this will be easy. (If not, you need to ORGANIZE FIRST.)
ON EXAM DAYS:
5. RELAX. Take a deep breath and do your best. Staying positive will allow your brain to settle and remain focused. Begin with what you know. Complete as much of the exam as possible, skipping questions if you can't immediately think of the answer. MARK these items to return to.
If allowed, ask for clarification on the items you are unsure of.
Once you complete an exam, let your brain rest a bit (15 min or so), then begin to look over material for the next exam (if allowed).
I want to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving! I hope you have a chance to relax and enjoy family and friends this week. Safe travels to all!
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!