Captain’s Blog November 5, 2012
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. ~ Albert Einstein.
Happy Birthday!!! 11/5! !
Don’t forget to vote!!!
Gradua&on Rates Increase!!!!! The ﬁnal ﬁles for calcula/ng school’s Gradua/on Rates just came in. The ﬁnal gradua/on rates for MHS are: 4 Year Gradua/on Rate (Federal Uniform Rate): from 78.46% to 82.3% 4 Year AT-‐RISK Gradua/on Rate (Federal Uniform Rate): from 53.45% to 58.3% There is no doubt in my mind that a lot of the increases that we have seen also include the hard work that each of you contributed in ensuring that this data was accounted for accurately. Thank you to all of you for the hard work you are doing with our students!
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Buddy Taylor Middle School Bunnell Elementary Bunnell First United Methodist Church First AME Church of Palm Coast Hammock First Baptist Church Hidden Trails Community Center Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Pellicer Community Center St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church St. James Missionary Baptist Church Wickline Center
4500 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast 305 N. Palmetto Street 205 Pine Street, Bunnell 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast 5328 Oceanshore Blvd, (S.R. A1A) 6108 Mahogany Blvd, Daytona North 75 Pine Lakes Parkway South, Palm Coast 1380 C.R. 2007, West Flagler County 108 Knox Jones Ave., Espanola 609 State Street (U.S. 1) Bunnell 800 S.Daytona Ave., Flagler Beach
Please make checks payable to the Flagler County Board of County Commissioners. (Mail to Flagler County Administration,1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bldg. 2, Bunnell, FL 32110) Non-perishable food donations can be dropped o at the Government Services Building, Palm Coast City Hall, Flagler Beach City Hall, the Chamber
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Common Core is Coming!
As we are quickly approaching the implementa/on of Common Core standards at the high schools, we always want to know what the assessments will be for our content areas. You may have already heard of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, PARCC. The PARCC spans across 23 states and will provide Florida a beZer tool to compare our students with the na/on in Reading, Wri/ng and Mathema/cs achievement. All content areas will play a vital role in preparing our students for the PARCC. This is the primary reasoning for a signiﬁcant increase in wri/ng across all disciplines. Students will be given wri/ng prompts and open-‐ended ques/ons that will bridge mul/ple content areas during their assessments. The link below will take you to a page for Mathema/cs, Literacy, and Generic Rubrics which are located on the le] side of the page for High School Grades 6-‐11. No maZer what you teach, please take a few minutes and look at the sample ques/ons by clicking on this link: hZp://www.parcconline.org/samples/mathema/cs/high-‐school-‐mathema/cs
Education Articles Twice as much instruction time may boost student success in algebra
Pushing students to take algebra in eighth grade, rather than in high school, may not be the answer to greater math achievement, researchers say. Instead, increased math success may be the result of "double-dose" algebra, a curriculum adjustment that offers struggling students an extra period of algebra every day, according to a group of university researchers who investigated the results of extra algebra in districts, including Chicago Public Schools. Education Next (1/2013) Can math problems trigger physical sense of threat?: A recent study found similar neural activity occurs in individuals with high math anxiety and those facing physical harm. Researchers using brain-imaging technology studied subjects' neural patterns when faced with a fear-inducing math problem. "I'm really interested in understanding the source of the anxiety so that we can help all students perform up to their best in this important area," said Sian Beilock, a University of Chicago researcher and an author of the study. CNN/The Chart blog/The Chart (10/31)
Do teenagers have the necessary skills to decipher graphs, charts?
Information presented in a colorful chart with slick graphics may be eye-catching, but it's likely many teens cannot grasp the important data the chart contains, suggests former teacher John Tierney. To help students learn how to navigate around a complicated chart or graph, Tierney suggests sharing charts found with students and asking them to explain the main point of the chart, as well as as pointing out charts that do a poor or even deceptive job at presenting data. The Atlantic online (10/30)
6 ways students use technology to help change the world
Teachers can use digital tools to help students make a difference in the world, teacher Bill Ferriter writes in this blog post. He offers six ways students can use such technology to help support causes, including one at his own school in which students used the microlending service Kiva to assist entrepreneurs in developing countries. Ferriter also writes about students who have used blogging to spread the word about projects they are passionate about. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (11/1)
MATANZAS HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE November 5-November 10, 2012
ALL WEEK Fall sports a]er school prac/ce Winter sports prac/ce Smile Train fundraiser, Interact-‐-‐Dining Hall MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2012 5:00 PM Girls soccer AWAY vs. Crescent TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2012 all day Mock Presiden/al Elec/on, Media Center all day Girls Bowling to State Tournament, Orlando 5:00 PM Girls soccer HOME vs. Clay 5:00 PM Boys soccer AWAY vs. Crescent City Girls basketball Pre-‐Season Classic AWAY at
7:00 PM Atlan/c WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2012 6:30 PM Pirates Touchdown Club, Media Center THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2012 I was visiting classrooms on Friday and saw a coule of things that I thought were worth sharing from Karin Feist’s room. In the first picture, Karin uses three small dry erase boards for her word wall. In the second picture you can seee how she uses paiter’s tape t separate her board into grids. She lists the EQ, agenda and HW assignments for each of her classes. You can also see her using a digital timer that is projected on her screen. Nice job Karin!
Service Learning classes to Kennedy Space Center
Herﬀ Jones-‐cap and gowns sales, Lower both lunches Spot 5:30 PM Boys soccer HOME vs. St. Augus/ne
Girls basketball AWAY vs. Titusville at Atlan/c
5:30 PM HS 5:30 PM FSDB Football Game, ASL ﬁeld trip FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2012 all day
Blood Drive #2, Theatre Lobby and side of front parking lot
ROTC program in Gym in Honor of Veterans Day Herﬀ Jones-‐cap and gowns sales, Lower both lunches Spot Boys football HOME vs. Atlan/c: SENIOR 7:00 PM NIGHT SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2012 all day
CROSS COUNTRY AWAY: FHSAA 3A Region 1 Championship Herﬀ Jones-‐cap and gowns sales, Pirate Conference 9-‐11:00 AM room
The Smile Train Matanzas High School's Smile Train project is underway. The Smile Train provides free cleft surgery “which takes as little as 45 minutes and costs as little as $250, and can give desperate children not just a new smile — but a new life.” Donations are gratefully accepted. If you are able to do so, bring your spare change to the Hispanic Club students' table in the Dining Hall or stop by Ms. Yvonne Valdivieso's classroom, 6-218. Smile Train bracelets will be on sale during first lunch. Last year, we were able to pay for one child’s operation. This is a wonderful humanitarian cause. Imagine if we could help another child this year, too! On behalf of the children, Thank you.
Matanzas JROTC took a Mixed Raider Team to I was sitting in Mrs. Winfree's class as competition for State Qualifier last Saturday and did a student learning about a free online exceeding well. We are very proud of them. tool that gives the teachers a place to 1st Place Rope Bridge 1st Place Cadet Challenge (Accumulated number of Push-up & Sit-up) 2nd Place Academic Test (Map Reading & First Aid) 2nd Place 3 Mile Run Overall 1st Place and First time State Qualifier The students who participated include: Connor Crider, Austin Gumz, Michael Harbater, Juanita Fulton, Angel Perez, Nathan Hutches, Chandler Wood, Michael Cobb, Kaitlyn Stanfield, Anthony Allgor. Congratulations!!
give a formal/informal assessment with instant feedback. It was awesome! The site is http://socrative.com and I will ask her to put together an idea for teachers to use this application in classrooms. Students can use their phones to input data. The kids loved it. John