Saturday, October 8, 2011

PSAT Info, Explorer Info, & This weeks resources

PSAT Info
Students who have registered for the PSAT’s being offered at the school on Saturday, October 15 should report to the school by 7:20 a.m. with:
·         Two #2 pencils and eraser
·         An approved scientific or graphing calculator and extra batteries

Students taking the PSAT’s who are NOT Smithfield High School students must bring a photo I.D.

All students are encouraged to review their Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT and to get a good night’s sleep! Students should be finished by 10:15 a.m. Results will be returned to the students with an explanation in December.

Smithfield Police Explorer Meeting
"The Smithfield Police Explorer program is hosting an Orientation Night on Monday, October 10, at 7:00 pm at the Smithfield Police Department for youths ages 14 to 20. The purpose of this program is to educate and involve youths in police operations and to interest them in a career in law enforcement.

Two Interesting Articles - Thank you Principal Larkin Burlington High School 
In his Op-Ed piece in the yesterday's Sunday New York Times, the man best known for his book The World is Flat discussed the continuing evolution of the world in which we live. Friedman described our world as one that has changed quickly from "connected" to "hyperconnected" and he discussed the implications for schools as follows:
            "In the hyperconnected world, there is only “good” “better” and “best,” and managers and entrepreneurs everywhere now have greater access than ever to the better and best people, robots and software everywhere. Obviously, this makes it more vital than ever that we have schools elevating and inspiring more of our young people into that better and best category, because even good might not cut it anymore and average is definitely over."

In this article for District Administration, Richardson discusses the importance of students being able to think beyond some of the things that they always believed and build new understandings.  Like Friedman, Richardson expresses concern for our classrooms and a shift that needs to happen to ensure that our students will be able to compete globally.
"...the students in our classrooms need to be adept and agile unlearners, as well. At a moment when knowledge is expanding at an ever more rapid rate, much of what they “learn” from us will be obsolete or irrelevant in short order. They’ll need to be constantly able to unlearn and relearn using the technologies of the moment as part of an ongoing interaction with knowledge."

Excellent Links!
Teachers

Rigor

Do they really know it?

Students

Parents

Scituate Art Festival this weekend!