Great Things Seen & Heard

  • Our school received the highest compliments regarding students following guidelines!
  • Some students apparently thought PDA was allowed because it fits in with Biology class!
  • Our food survey went well, and many new suggestions came up for us to consider!  
  • A student came up with a new way to skip school: he told his mom that we had kicked him out (untrue) while he told us that his mom was in the hospital and that he had to leave town (also untrue).
  • Students in one of the foods classes have been nicknamed with food names—the kids love it!
  • The brain hats were a big hit in Biology class!
  • A student told us that he had a job working in carpentry to count towards Work Experience, but in reality, he was a pumping gas!
  • We have staff members practicing their morning greetings in different languages. I love it!
  • Another language lesson: “would y’as like to” means “would you guys like to?”

Clips & Tips

There are many resources for teaching challenging students on this website, but I especially appreciate the availability of strategies posted under different categories (student needs, exceptionalities, and diagnosed conditions) and subdivided further into easy steps in this section that we’ll be reviewing with our CRM teams:

Bits & Pieces

  • In this week’s team meetings, we will establish the five greatest learning needs in our classes and begin developing strategic plans for meeting those needs using this week’s link (in Clips & Tips).
  • Next bi-weekly collaborative team meeting will be on March 8th after school to check on progress with our CRM teams.
  • At our March 12th PD Day, we will look at what the new Pratt will look at after pandemic measures are lifted.
  • Daylight Saving Time begins on March 14th.
  • Term ends April 1st, the day before Spring Break.

Events This Week

  • Monday, February 22nd: Wellness coach away all day.
  • Monday, February 22nd: Hot Lunch is Beef Barley Soup.
  • Monday, February 22nd: CRM teams meet after school with greatest need documents.
  • Tuesday, February 23rd: Hot Lunch is Moo Shoo Pork and rice.
  • Tuesday, February 23rd: Learning Supports Team meeting at 12:30 PM.
  • Wednesday, February 24th: HP Principals meet in morning.
  • Wednesday, February 24th: Pink Shirt Day.
  • Wednesday, February 24th: Hot Lunch is Chicken Caesar Salad.
  • Wednesday, February 24th: Dual Credit course selection meeting in PM.
  • Thursday, February 25th: Classroom observation in Block 2.
  • Thursday, February 25th: School Board Survey
  • Thursday, February 25th: Hot Lunch is Lasagna and garlic toast.
  • Friday, February 26th: School Board Survey
  • Friday, February 26th: Hot Lunch is Quesadillas.

Great Things Seen & Heard

  • On February 10th, all staff were present all day for the second time this school year!
  • Our front-desk secretary has a task not many recognize: sending escaping students back to class as they try to sneak past the office!
  • In copying text in an email to coaches, I accidentally repeated a volleyball team could have drills to practice “surfing” instead of practicing “serving”!
  • During hallway duty, I accidentally tried to confiscate a bottle of cologne when a student held it up to his nose at his friend’s locker! Oops!

Bits & Pieces

  • We are tweaking our bathroom pass procedure to eliminate congestion in the bathroom hallway; please refrain from sending students to the bathroom for 10 minutes after the bell (and 5 minutes before).
  • We still discover a stash of hallway passes from time to time; please ensure your students do not have free access to your supply.
  • Next bi-weekly collaborative team meeting will be on February 22nd after school for CRM teams. New planning tools will be available later this week, including strategy checklists.
  • Since Maplewood was converted to Edsembli SIS for office staff last week, we are still learning to accomplish some functions we used to take for granted and appreciate your patience!
  • Reminder: only one student per class out of the room at a time, and once per class as well.
  • Reminder to all staff: please remember to pay for any goods and services you have received. That includes fundraising items you have taken home, for canteen lunches, for IA projects and services, for Fashion projects and services, and for Cosmo products.
  • At our March 12th PD Day, we will look at what the new Pratt will look at after pandemic measures are lifted.
  • Term ends April 1st.

Events This Week

  • Monday, February 15th: Enjoy Family Day today!
  • Tuesday, February 16th: Admin Association meeting at 9:00 AM.
  • Tuesday, February 16th: Hot Lunch is Italian Chicken and risotto
  • Tuesday, February 16th: Numeracy Committee after school (designated teacher)
  • Wednesday, February 17th: Classroom observation in first block.
  • Wednesday, February 17th: HP administrators meet at 10:30 AM.
  • Wednesday, February 17th: Hot Lunch is Bean and Corn Quesadilla.
  • Thursday, February 18th: Learning Support Teachers meet all day.
  • Thursday, February 18th: Hot Lunch is Pasta and Meat Sauce.
  • Thursday, February 18th: Classroom observation in third block.
  • Thursday, February 18th: MacEwan presentation at 2:00 PM in Room 133.
  • Friday, February 19th: Hot Lunch is Chef’s Salad.