MC2 STEM High School
Parent Weekly Notes: 08/15/2016
OUR MISSION: INNOVATING EDUCATION TO ENGAGE & ENRICH STUDENTS
Quote of the Week: “If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.” - Jim Valvano
MC2 STEM High School Communication
Week 2 Recap
I walked in and out of classrooms this week and was so happy to see all of the interactive learning that was happening. From students mapping star patters using balloons, rulers, and tape (in Mr. Gorski’s class), to students designing pencil’s that can do anything from teleport you to defend you in a zombie apocalypse (in Mr. Bucur’s class), to students explaining the Chemistry of sandwiches (In Ms. Tate’s class). I saw more than just curriculum though, I saw support, courage, and engagement. I saw students agree to help clean up a mess that wasn’t theirs, with no prompting. I saw students explain fraction conversions to each other while smiling happily through the work. I saw students take a stand, and express their concern verbally, without fighting, without arguing, without accusing.
Way to go Students! Way to go Teachers! Way to go Parents!
Read! Read! Read!
Teens aren't reading for fun like they used to. Only 19 percent of 17-year-olds read for fun every day in 2012 – down from 31 percent in 1984, according to a 2014 report from Common Sense Media, a media and technology education and advocacy organization.
"If we can get them to enjoy reading, the reality is their reading skills are going to improve overall," says Megan Knight, associate principal of instruction at Elk Grove High School in Illinois.
Improving reading and engaging students in reading is the best way to improve scores and performance.
Here are 10 ways to keep your teen on track to succeed in high school.
1. Help high schoolers find books that interest them
2. Prioritize reading and model behavior
3. Make required reading relevant
(read the full article here: http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/high-school-notes/2015/02/16/how-high-school-teachers-parents-can-encourage-teens-to-read-for-fun)
Sign-Up for Parent Advisory Committee
The poll is still open, if you haven’t done so yet- please do! This year, in an effort to improve school-parent-student-teacher communications and events, we will be growing our Parent Advisory Committee. The Parent Advisory Committee (PACS) is comprised of parent representatives from each school. They meet with the Principal and other school staff and administrators on a monthly basis during the school year. Our meetings will be held on the following dates:
Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 from 6pm- 7:30pm at Cleveland State University
Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 from 6pm- 7:30pm at Cleveland State University
Tuesday, December 13th, 2016