Saturday, September 27, 2014

Free Lunch from Mr. D!


Have you ever thought about whether it's better to record a moment or just experience it? This article presents that very question. I would love to get your take on this question, from the perspective of a high school student.

Also, I will pick up and bring back lunch from the local restaurant of choice for the first three students who can identify for me where the author's phrase "thousand-points-of-smartphone-light" is borrowed from. Hint:  It is borrowed from a U.S. presidential candidate, during a presidential election year.

If you know or can find the answer, send it to me in an e-mail:

Live the moment!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lifelong Learning


Do you ever wonder what your teachers do on those Early Out days?

Well, let me tell you:  Our goal is to use that time to become better at what we do by working together and learning from each other's successes and failures. Is there a better way to teach this concept? How do you handle it when [insert situation] happens in the classroom? These are the kinds of questions your teachers ask each other, and these conversations lead to better teaching in the classroom.

This year, we are using our Early Out days to conduct book studies in small groups with all of our teachers and campus administrators. We want our students to see us set a good example of being a lifelong learner.

Students: Ask your teachers which book study they are doing, and what they have learned from their readings and discussions.

No one ever knows it all. There is always more to learn!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Don't Call It A Comeback

Eagle Family,

Let's celebrate!

Last night, our Lady Eagle Volleyball teams (9th, JV, & Varsity) all defeated Georgetown East View, our outstanding Theater program put on a hilarious night of Improv, and our Varsity Football team defeated Bryan Rudder by a score of 33-13.

While most of our community's attention is directed at our football team, as last night's victory was a very special one, we continue to embrace our vision of Student Connectedness, and we celebrate our students' success in every area.

Last night, we tossed aside an old garment that never fit us.

The football losing streak began before most of our current students were at Ellison, it took on a life of its own long ago, it was hard to overcome, but it was never who we were.

That's why I say, "Don't call it a comeback; we've been here for years!"

Let's celebrate this special victory and all it means, but let's carry ourselves as champions who have never expected anything different.

That is who we are.

Thank you to our student-athletes and coaches who never stopped working, and thank you to Eagle fans everywhere who never stopped believing.

Go Eagles!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Own Your Learning


Wow! It's hard to believe we are already in the second week of school!

Thank you for making the beginning of the year such a positive experience for all of us. I hope you remember the message from our assemblies the first week of school:  You own your learning. Your time in the classroom belongs to you, and I urge you to use it to the fullest to prepare yourself for the next step in your life after high school is over.

Are you seeing the Learning Target every time you enter a classroom during the day? All seven periods? You should! If you don't, ask your teacher.

Own Your Learning!

Go Eagles,