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How to Deliver what Students Need for the Future

Skills students will need for the future was the topic of our last weekly update.  This week we are going to build on those ideas to talk about how to deliver the skills students will need.  Here are some basic things that I believe:

  1. Our approach will need to be flexible.  There is no one-size-fits-all answer that is good for every student.  We need to look at what each student needs and customize and personalize learning to the student.  This also means that we need to include students in our conversations about their learning.
  2. A variety of methods to deliver content will be necessary.  There is still an art to teaching.  1:1, flipped instruction, personalized instruction, utilizing apps and digital content, creating digital content, and collaboration of teachers will all be part of the future of instruction.  Part of that art involves knowing the right tool to use to reach each student.
  3. It is important to have the right tools.  Technology is a tool–and there are times where it is the right tool to use and other times when other tools are more appropriate.
  4. We must acknowledge that the world has changed and that information is available to us in ways that far exceed what we have experienced in the past.  This changes the resources that are available to teachers and students and expands the curriculum.  We need to expand with the information that is available at the touch of a finger.
  5. One thing will never change–the relationships that teachers build with students will still be one of the key aspects to the success of a student.  Think back to those teachers that had the most positive influence on your development.  My guess is that each one of them had high expectations for you, inspired you, believed in you, and took the time to let you know those things.  The teacher that cares plays a powerful role in the life of a student.  We must never lose sight of this.

PTSC Standouts:

Have you heard that amazing news?  It’s time to celebrate! BGHS English, math, and fine arts teams earned conference championships last night along with the overall conference title! We are so proud of all of the hard work our kids have put in to earn this–they are amazing!  Students who competed were:  Cheyenne Campbell, Taylor Crisman, Dennis Donahue, John Duron, Natalie Dziadosz, Amber Johnson, Zachary Keilman, Jacob Krischke, Austin Kukulski, Abbey Lukas, Samantha Reid, Austin Roche, Tommy Schafer, Athena Schroeder, Isabel Tavaras, Jimmy Tavaras, Ben Tomasik and Bethany Worl.  We are proud of you!

Congratulations to Kristen Buth who got 2nd place in the Indiana Skills USA Computer Assisted Design contest in Indianapolis. Great job to a terrific student and a great representative of BGHS.

Important Dates:

  • April 1, 2014:  Come support the BGHS Girls Tennis Team at Panera Bread from 4-8 pm.  Bring in the flyer below (paper or show on your smart phone) and the team will get a portion of their receipt; the more receipts the higher the percentage.  The team is working hard to earn enough money to buy a set of tennis uniforms for BGHS.  Come out and support our Tennis Team!

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  • April 15, 2014:  American Teens in Crisis Conference (www.pathblazer.org/ATIC2014)
  • April 21, 2014:  Regular day of school–snow day make up day for January 8, 2014
  • April 21-June 4, 2014:  ECA Algebra 1, English 10, and Biology 1 Testing Window
  • April 28-May 13, 2014:  ISTEP+ Multiple Choice Online Testing Window Grades 3-8 (extended window)
  • May 5-23, 2014:  CoreLink Online Assessment Grades 3-8 (extended window)
  • May 23, 2014:  BGHS and BGMS Band Concert at 7 pm at BGHS.  Come out and enjoy the last band concert of the year!
  • June 2, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on January 27, 2014
  • June 3, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on January 28, 2014
  • June 4, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on February 5, 2014
  • June 5, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on March 12, 2014
  • June 8, 2014:  BGHS Graduation

Things to Know:

  • Every Wednesday is a 30-minute delayed start.  If we have a 2-hour delay, students will arrive at school 2 hours after the regular start time for the building.
  • Now hiring substitute teachers!  Please contact Linda Dusek at the administration building if you are interested in substitute teaching and she will help you start the application process and discuss qualifications.
  • We are also looking for bus drivers to drive our extra-curricular runs.  If you are interested, please apply online.
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