Friday, August 29, 2014

Weekly Update 8/29/14

What a great first week of school!  Thank you to the students and faculty for a smooth transition.  Cannot wait for week number two.

This weeks SHS Faculty PD is out!  Great info on grading and GAFE.

I started reviewing the feedback from the Google survey.  As I thought, we are all over the place.  We will take the data and start to create some different PD sessions for all of you over the next few weeks.  One thing we will start with next week will be the "Google Hour".  Mr. Hassell and I will be available in the admin conference room to work with individuals or groups on specific topics or questions you may have.  Please check out the school calendar for next weeks times.  If this is successful and useful, we may continue each week.  All we ask is that you bring your device, have an open mind and be patient with us as we are certainly not experts with Google (not yet).

We will be having an assembly on Tuesday for grades 9, 11, 12 during advisory.  This will be with Paul Barrette to roll out the Google emails.

A couple of shout outs!
Thank you Jeff Macari for taking care of the MLD posters for the building.
Thank you custodians for getting the building ready for the start of school.
Thank you Kristine Sarro and Liz Russillo for organizing the freshmen mentors on orientation night.
Great job Mike Hassell!  Quickly acclimating to SHS.
Great job Rosie Cabral for figuring out Google Docs this week!
Thank you Donna Macksoud for leading Rosie down the correct path.

Check out Mrs. Morisseau's video from the PD day.

Some interesting things from Twitter this week
What the word branding really means.
Check out some "digital icebreakers"
NEWSELA + Google Docs = Differentiated Collaborative Reading
Check out this course outline from the Naval Academy

Have a great three day weekend!  See you Tuesday!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Weekly Update 8/22/14

Good afternoon!  One more day until we welcome back our awesome SHS students!

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new!"

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This weeks SHS Faculty PD is out.  Lots of great resources and information.

PD Day on Monday.  Please be seated in the auditorium at 8am.

Get your picture taken - 7:30
Opening Session 8-9:15 - Auditorium
SHS Mtg 9:15-10:30 - Portion of this will be outside on the football field!
Grading Practices 10:30-12 - Special guest speaker - Library
ALICE training 12-1:30 - Math Hallway
ALICE Debriefing 1:30 - Library

Freshmen Orientation - 6-8:30 on 8/25.  Come out and join us!

Check out the school calendar for the class meetings this week. We have CPT and Faculty meeting this week.

Student picture day is Thursday!

Tech News!  We are going 1:1.  Our freshmen will be receiving Google Chromebooks late fall.  How is your transition to Google going?  Class of 2018 work should be completed in Google.  Start thinking about what types of PD you need to help with the transition.

Cool stuff from Twitter this week:
Six motivational videos for back to school
Brain Pickings
Cheat, but you won't get a zero...
The power of "blend" in blended learning

See you all bright and early Monday morning!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Weekly Update 8/16/14

Hello everyone!  One more week!  We are excited to start off the new school year with all  of you. 

Great quote from today's #satchat:  "If you never fail, then you haven't stepped outside of your comfort zone. Great things only happen outside the comfort zone."

Congratulations to Mr. Atkinson - Brynn Evelyn Atkinson was born Thursday at 6:50 pm.  7 lbs 7 oz.  Everyone is healthy!

This weeks PD magazine.  Lot's of great items on grading.  

Some random articles and blogs from twitter this week.  
Teachers back to school checklist

Why should I change how I grade?

Cheat sheet for Google docs

26 questions for students to answer

Check out  Interesting resource. 

School committee meeting Monday night starts at 6 pm.

Have a great week!  

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Friday Update 8/8/14

Good afternoon!  Happy Friday!  Big excitement in the Kelley household today.  My daughter is heading to the One Direction concert tonight.  I am thankful that I am not attending.  

SHS is closed on Monday for VJ day.  

If you have dates you need to get blocked off on the calendar please send them to Faith. 

A couple of interesting blogs I read this week.  

If you have a few minutes check out this Ted Talk.  

Here is this weeks PD Newspaper.

Have a great weekend!  

It's August Already....

" A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. "

Hope all of you had a restful July.  It has been great to see many of you popping into the building to organize, paint, chat, etc.  

It appears that most of the staffing is set.  Sad to lose Kaitlin Kenneally to GMS and Julia Tanski to Winsor.  

We are starting the waterfall on the schedule today so schedules are pretty much locked.  A few minor changes may still happen.  

We have been working on an online newspaper focused on PD topics at SHS.  It is called SHS Faculty PD and is hosted on a program called PaperLi.  Right now the topics are grading, CCSS, and GAFE.  It comes out every Friday.  I will be including it in my Friday emails.  You can also subscribe to get updates if you like.  This weeks edition may be found at

Lisa Petrone is selling a fish tank.  You can see a picture at the link below.  Email her if you are interested.  

Our new assistant principal, Mike Hassell, has been working hard on updating the diploma system policy, graduation handbooks, and portfolio docs.  Lots of positive changes happening here.  

Welcome back letters will be going out around August 14th.  

Enjoy the last few weeks!