Sunday, May 20, 2018

End of Year

Excellence in Education: 
So obviously I missed this (actually somehow deleted it before sending) but as anyone who saw our spring musical knows, it was a spectacular student showcase of Monticello's diverse talents. From the choreography (Lauren Thomas, Coach Price Thomas) to the accompanying music (Katherine Williams) to the overall direction (Madeline Michel), our students wowed and amazed all in attendance. Thanks for all of you who attended the event and supported the students. 


Need to Knows
Monthly recognition honors (Staff, Teacher, Students) : Due May 23, 2:30pm
Senior Exams (Shannon's Email, with New Link)
The expectation is that if you have a class of mostly or all seniors, you will handle your own exam or alternative assessment during class time.  If you have a mixed-age class, thus making it really tricky to administer a senior exam, or if you simply need the time and help with proctoring, then you are welcome to instruct seniors to take their exams in R110 on the “Senior Exam dates.”  The Senior Exam time slots are Wednesday, May 23rd and Thursday, May 24th at 8:55am, 11:30am, and 1:30pm.  If you wish to take advantage of these time slots, then
a)       deliver to my mailbox or classroom (R110) copies of your exam by the time slot you wish to use,
b)      then remind your seniors where and when they can take their exam. 
We did not assign a certain time period to a certain class block for the last few years and it ran very smoothly. If a conflict arises, just let me know and we will figure it out.  Make-up exams are Friday, May 25th, for students who missed all exam times – in that case, they are instructed to check in with you directly. 

Senior Grades
·         Senior Failures are to be completed using this form by Friday, June 1st.  All teachers should complete this form. This means you should grade the exams of struggling students (students who may not pass your class) first.  Ensure that the student’s counselor is aware of any failures as soon as you enter the grades. 
·       Submit all other senior grades by 4pm on Wednesday, June 6th

Exams and Alternative Culminating Assignments (My Email)
Grading
Midterm and Final Exams/Alternative Assessments account for 20% of student’s first semester grade (Marking Period=40%, Marking Period=40%, Exam=20%). All students are expected to be present during their midterm exam period and their final exam period unless they are exempt.  

Absences from Exams
The expectation is that all students will be in attendance for all exams (unless they are exempt, or unless their teacher has taken advantage of an Alternative Assessment - see below). Under no circumstances will teachers change or cancel exam times. Not including exempt students, all absences from exams require administrative approval. Upon receiving administrative approval, the student and teacher should make the appropriate arrangements.

During exams, students are not permitted in the hallways or cafeteria. Under no circumstances,  should students be sent to other locations, including the library, during exams.  

Exemption from Final Exams
For classes offering final exams, a student is exempt from the exam if he/she meets the following criteria:
·         A 90% or higher in the class for the semester grade
·         No in-school or out-of-school suspensions
OR
·         Student/Class participate in an Alternative Assessment

New for 2018! If a student is exempt from the exam, the teacher must sign the student’s exam exemption letter.

Alternative Assessment
If a teacher elects to use an Alternative Assessment, all students in the class are expected to complete it. All students are expected to attend class until the final class day of school.  They do not need to attend the final exam period for that course because students completing an Alternative Assessment will not have a final exam. The Alternative Assessment will be 20% of the student’s semester grade.

Process for Alternative Assessment Approval
Teachers wishing to give an Alternative Assessment in place of a midterm or final exam should indicate this in their course syllabi.

PLCs should meet to discuss their culminating assessment and should complete the Request for Alternative Assessment Form. One form per PLC is sufficient.  

Format
Formats of the Alternative Assessment will vary. The assessment should align itself with Lifelong Learning Standards, course standards and objectives, and be of an appropriate challenge-level. Culminating projects should be experiential and require students to demonstrate student learning for a significant strand associated with the class.

Options include, but are not limited to, portfolios, presentations, paideias, simulations/role plays, Socratic seminars, performances, research-based projects, etc.

The majority of work for Alternative Assessments should be completed in class and the work completed as part of the assessment should not violate ACPS’s homework policy.

The Alternative Assessment should become part of the student’s Online/Open Portfolio.

Special Education Progress Reports (Ruth's Email)
CLICK HERE to access the spreadsheet for progress report feedback. Our progress reports are due to go out by the last day of school. As busy as this time of year is I wanted you to have ample time to submit feedback. Let me know if you have any questions.

Outstanding Items and Fines and Fees for Students (Rick's Email)
As we come to the end of the school year, we are asking each teacher to compile a list of students who have outstanding items from your classroom.  Examples would be textbooks, calculators, classroom library books, athletic equipment, library books, etc. 

A google sheet has been created (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1No-_Owdblf86id6VnZieV0fTPID8a4IlQqCIplC3W3w/copy) to provide a place for you to submit this information.  

Please note, the link will ask you to make a copy of the document.  Be sure to complete all of the requested information and when finished, share the document with Nanette DeFrank and your department chair.  A master list will then be compiled from the responses for follow up with students. 

Senior teachers -- please complete by the end of school Friday, May 18th

Junior, Sophomore & Freshman teachers -- please complete by end of school Tuesday, June 5th

If students return their items after you have submitted the form, send Nanette an email so she knows to cross it off the list. 

If you should have any questions, please email Nanette.




Field Trips and SOLs

SOL Tests (AM/PM)
May 21: Algebra I (Parsons)/Chemistry (Adv)
May 22: Algebra I (Lantz/Allen)
May 23: Reading (AP)/Geography (AP Students), World History (AP)
May 24: Chemistry and Biology (HMSA)/US History (AP)
May 25: US History (Dual Enroll)/World History (AP Euro)

Other Calendar Items
May 21: Last Senior A-Day; Improv Night
May 22: Last Senior B-Day; Awards Assembly (see schedule below)
May 23: Senior Exams, Honor Society Inductions
May 24: Senior Exams
May 25: Senior Make-up Exams

May 29: Special Schedule (see below, no Mustang Morning), Senior Trip

May 31: Senior Awards Night
June 1: Senior Failures Due to Counseling

June 4: Anchor Day (no Mustang Morning, see schedule below)

June 5: B-Day Exams (see schedule below)
June 5: Graduation practice @ 10:30, Senior Picnic Follows

June 6: Senior Grades Due (4pm), A-Day Exams (see schedule below)
June 6: Graduation @ 7pm

June 7: 1/2 Day, Make-up exams (see schedule below)
June 7: Grades due at 4

Birthdays

May 26: Irvin Johnson
May 27: William Trent, Lisa Haney


Useful Information
Activity Period Calendar : Clubs

Technology / Website Permission Request Form Please use this form to request use of a website or any resource that requires student log-in if the site is not already on the approved list. DART approved list




Worth Your Time
Why Johnny Still Can't Read and What to Do About It

What They Said Before and What They Are Saying Now

Why Do School Shootings Keep Happening? We Need to Listen

Bell Schedules

Award Ceremony 2018
May 22, 2018
8:55-10:05       st Period
10:10-12:10     2nd Period


Lunch
Class
Who
1st
10:50-11:25
10:10-10:50
11:30-12:10
Green, Blue, PE/Health
2nd
11:35-12:10
10:10-11:30
Red, Purple, Other
12:15-1:20      rd Period
1:25-2:30        th Period
2:30-3:50        Award Ceremony
*Classes will be called over the intercom


AM CATEC: Normal departure,  Leave CATEC at 11:15am to return for 2nd lunch
PM CATEC: Depart Monticello at 12:10, Leave CATEC at 2:05 to return for Award Ceremony 


May 29-June 1 Bell Schedule
End of Year Bell Schedule
NO Mustang Morning
May 29-June 1
Mondays & Wednesdays: A-Days
Tuesdays & Thursdays: B-Days
Zero Period: 7:40 – 8:40
1st Period: 8:55-10:30 (95 minutes)
2nd Period: 10:35-12:40

Lunch
Class
1st: 11:10-11:35
10:35-11:10 and 11:40-12:40 (95)
2nd: 11:45-12:10
10:35-11:45 and 12:15-12:40 (95)
3rd: 12:15-12:40
10:40-12:15 (95)

3rd Period: 12:45-2:15 (90)
4th Period: 2:20-3:50 (90)
AM CATEC Students:  Normal Departure and return from CATEC by 12:15 (at CATEC from 9:10-11:55)


PM CATEC Students: Depart Monticello at 12:45



June 5-6 Bell Schedule


Final Exam Bell Schedule
June 5: B-Day Exams
June 6: A-Day Exams
1st Period: 8:55-10:25
2nd Period: 10:30-12:40


Lunch
Class
Who
1st Lunch
10:25-11:05
11:10-12:40
Green, Blue, PE/Health
2nd
Lunch
12:05-12:40
10:30-12:00
Red, Purple, Other, CATEC
3rd Period: 12:45-2:15
4th Period: 2:20-3:50

AM CATEC Students: Normal Departure and return to Monticello High School by 12:05

PM CATEC Students: 12:45pm bus departure


June 7 Bell Schedule


Make-Up Exam Bell Schedule
Session 1: 8:55-10:30
Lunch: 10:35-11:05
Session 2: 11:10-12:50

AM CATEC Students: Normal Departure and return to Monticello High School by 10:35
PM CATEC Students: Depart at 11:05 and return to Monticello High School by 12:50

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Finishing Strong

Excellence in Education: Finishing Strong
It's the end of a long footrace. The finish line is in sight. Perhaps friends and families are cheering you on. 

Perhaps you hate the final sprint; finding it redundant. For you the whole race has been a sprint. A final sprint can be an uncomfortable one that your body wants nothing to do with. 

Of course, we're nearing the final sprint. Teachers of seniors lead the race. The 90+ temperatures this weekend served as a reminder of how close the June 7 is. But, we're tired. We're stressed. Our to-do lists are long and growing. It's a chaotic time--Who's testing today? When will Cindy have my SOL scores?

Amidst the chaos, I encourage you to take a step back. Take a deep breath. Reflect on your successes and why you became a teacher. Use this to propel you to the finish line. Take advantage of this time to inspire your students and give them something to remember you by. 

Throughout the year, you've built relationships with your students. You've invested countless hours to their growth and success. Use the last weeks and days to continue to make a difference. 

Ways to finish strong
  1. Take risks. Perhaps there's a lesson that you've always wanted to try during the school year but didn't have the time for, or maybe there's a technology tool you want to try out. Be intentional with your lessons.
  2. Give students control of their own learning with a passion-based project relating to your subject.
  3. Celebrate your students and the relationships that your students built. Create an award for each student and have your own awards assembly in your class. One of my favorite activities was to have my students sit in a circle with an envelope and strips of paper. Have students put their names on the envelope and pass the envelope to the left. When students receive an envelope they write a compliment on a paper strip and place it in the envelope before passing it on. After everyone has had an opportunity to write about all of their classmates, return the envelope to the correct student. Students can then read a statement aloud to their classmates and try to guess who wrote it. You may want to establish a rule or two about what can/cannot be written.
  4. Communicate with parents. For even your most challenging student, you have something positive to say about him/her. Provide parents with some suggestions of things that they can do over the summer so their child can continue to grow. An phone call or a hand-written note shows how much you care and goes a long way to building the Monticello family. 
  5. Get rid of the junk. Take a couple of minutes each day to organize yourself and trash the unnecessary stuff. When was the last time you purged stuff from your cubby or your workspace? This will make the start of next year much easier and chances are that more teachers will be sharing classrooms next year.
  6. Have fun!

 Need to Knows
 Tech Newsletter from LEAD featuring a couple of our own!!

Faculty Meeting Google Slide Presentation 

Reminders about AP testing - Testing will run from Monday, May 7th  through Friday, May 18th.  Although AP exams do not begin until 8:00 AM or 12:00 PMall test takers have been asked to arrive to the cafeteria at 7:30 (AM exams) or 11:45 (PM exams) on test day.  Most of AP testing will take place in the small gym, but we will also be testing in the wrestling room and in the counseling office.  The tables and chairs that will be set up in the gym will be placed so that we adhere to the spacing requirements set forth by the CollegeBoard (the organization in charge of AP exam).  For this reason, once the tables are set up, we do not move them.  We are asking that the small gym and wrestling room not be used by other groups (classes, athletic teams, clubs etc) during AP testing.  Additionally, the main gym will be closed during Mustang Morning.

Each day I will email a roster of the students who will be testing the next day.  The absences will be coded in PowerSchool.  School policy for AP testing states that students are excused from their classes on the day of their AP exams, assuming they have given a signed note to attendance.  Athletic eligibility is not compromised by this absence, as AP testing qualifies as a school related activity.  If a student chooses to attend classes before or after their AP exam, please know that they might be arriving late or leaving early.  If a student chooses to attend school before or after an exam they are expected to participate in class.  They should not miss your class to study in the media center or spend class time studying for AP exams

Potential Senior Failures Due May 16 Please complete this form for any senior who is at risk of not passing your class at this time. If you have no seniors or have no seniors that you are concerned about, please complete the form and place "None" in the Student Name Section. It is imperative that any senior who is at risk is included in this report. Thank you.





Field Trips and SOLs


AP Tests (AM/PM)
May 14: Biology/Physics
May 15: Calculus/French Language, Comp Sci
May 16: English Language/Macroecon
May 17: World History/Stats
May 18: Human Geography, Microecon/European History, Latin

SOL Tests (AM/PM)
May 14: Algebra 2 (Boyce, Eddy, Remchuk)/World Geography (Skelton--AA)
May 15: Algebra 2 (Harveycutter)/World Geography (Waidelich)
May 16: Earth Science (AA/Standard)/Biology (Honors)
May 17: Geometry (Remchuk/Robbins)/Earth Science (Honors)
May 18: Geometry/Chemistry (Honors)
May 21: Algebra I (Parsons)/Chemistry (Adv)
May 22: Algebra I (Lantz/Allen)
May 23: Reading (AP)/Geography (AP Students), World History (AP)
May 24: Chemistry and Biology (HMSA)/US History (AP)
May 25: US History (Dual Enroll)/World History (AP Euro)

Other Calendar Items
May 21: Last Senior A-Day; Improv Night @7pm
May 22: Last Senior B-Day; Awards Assembly (see schedule below)
May 23: Senior Exams, Honor Society Inductions
May 24: Senior Exams
May 25: Senior Make-up Exams

May 29: Special Schedule (see below, no Mustang Morning), Senior Trip

May 31: Senior Awards Night
June 1: Senior Failures Due to Counseling

June 4: Anchor Day (no Mustang Morning, see schedule below)

June 5: B-Day Exams (see schedule below)
June 5: Graduation practice @ 10:30, Senior Picnic Follows

June 6: Senior Grades Due (4pm), A-Day Exams (see schedule below)
June 6: Graduation @ 7pm

June 7: 1/2 Day, Make-up exams (see schedule below)
June 7: Grades due at 4

Birthdays


May 16: Kaitlyn Yachim
May 19: Diane Clark

Useful Information
Activity Period Calendar : Surveys to be completed

Technology / Website Permission Request Form Please use this form to request use of a website or any resource that requires student log-in if the site is not already on the approved list. DART approved list




Worth Your Time
When School Dress Codes Ban Students' Bodies A 45 minute podcast worth listening to

Veteran Policymaker Says 80% of Special Education Students Don't Need That Label  

Why So Many Gifted Yet Struggling Students Are Hidden in Plain Sight

Bell Schedules

Award Ceremony 2018
May 22, 2018
8:55-10:05       st Period
10:10-12:10     2nd Period


Lunch
Class
Who
1st
10:50-11:25
10:10-10:50
11:30-12:10
Green, Blue, PE/Health
2nd
11:35-12:10
10:10-11:30
Red, Purple, Other
12:15-1:20      rd Period
1:25-2:30        th Period
2:30-3:50        Award Ceremony
*Classes will be called over the intercom


AM CATEC: Normal departure,  Leave CATEC at 11:15am to return for 2nd lunch
PM CATEC: Depart Monticello at 12:10, Leave CATEC at 2:05 to return for Award Ceremony 


May 29-June 1 Bell Schedule
End of Year Bell Schedule
NO Mustang Morning
May 29-June 1
Mondays & Wednesdays: A-Days
Tuesdays & Thursdays: B-Days
Zero Period: 7:40 – 8:40
1st Period: 8:55-10:30 (95 minutes)
2nd Period: 10:35-12:40

Lunch
Class
1st: 11:10-11:35
10:35-11:10 and 11:40-12:40 (95)
2nd: 11:45-12:10
10:35-11:45 and 12:15-12:40 (95)
3rd: 12:15-12:40
10:40-12:15 (95)

3rd Period: 12:45-2:15 (90)
4th Period: 2:20-3:50 (90)
AM CATEC Students:  Normal Departure and return from CATEC by 12:15 (at CATEC from 9:10-11:55)


PM CATEC Students: Depart Monticello at 12:45



June 5-6 Bell Schedule


Final Exam Bell Schedule
June 5: B-Day Exams
June 6: A-Day Exams
1st Period: 8:55-10:25
2nd Period: 10:30-12:40


Lunch
Class
Who
1st Lunch
10:25-11:05
11:10-12:40
Green, Blue, PE/Health
2nd
Lunch
12:05-12:40
10:30-12:00
Red, Purple, Other, CATEC
3rd Period: 12:45-2:15
4th Period: 2:20-3:50

AM CATEC Students: Normal Departure and return to Monticello High School by 12:05

PM CATEC Students: 12:45pm bus departure


June 7 Bell Schedule


Make-Up Exam Bell Schedule
Session 1: 8:55-10:30
Lunch: 10:35-11:05
Session 2: 11:10-12:50
AM CATEC Students: Normal Departure and return to Monticello High School by 10:35
PM CATEC Students: Depart at 11:05 and return to Monticello High School by 12:50