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 from 6pm- 7:30pm at Cleveland State University
Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 from 6pm- 7:30pm at Cleveland State University
Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 from 6pm- 7:30pm at Cleveland State University
Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 from 6pm- 7:30pm at Cleveland State University
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 from 6pm- 7:30pm at Cleveland State University
Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 from 6pm- 7:30pm at Cleveland State University
FREE PARKING WILL BE PROVIDED FOR ALL MEETINGS
Agenda for this Week
Monday, August 15, 2016
CSU (12) College Tour: JCU & Notre Dame
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
CSU (12) College Tour: Lake Erie College and Ursaline College
Thursday, August 18, 2016
CSU (12) Eastern Michigan Instant Admit Day
Friday, August 19, 2016
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Open Fab Lab at Cleveland State University from 10am-3pm
PARKING IS AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE
Aug 15- Sep 30, 2016- STAR English Grades 9 -12
Aug 15- Sep 9, 2016- WEBXAM Pre-Test Engineering Grade 9-12
Aug 22- Progress Reports DUE
Aug 22- Sep 9, 2016- Pro-Core Social Studies & Science Pre-Test Grades 9-12
Aug 26- Progress Report DISTRIBUTION
Sep 5, 2016 Labor Day – NO SCHOOL
Sep 6-Sep 30, 2016- NWEA Tests Grades 9 & 10
Sep 8. 2016- CAO APs/CISs Roundtable
Sep 15, 2016 Open House 6:00pm – 8:00pm (Student dismissal at 12:50pm)
Sep 6- Freshman Picture Day
Sep 7- Sophomore Picture Day
Sep 8- Junior Picture Day
Sep 13- Parent Advisory Committee Meeting 6pm – 7:30
Week of September 19- Spirit Week
September 23- Homecoming- Student Release at 12:30
Sep 24 –Oct 10 2016 FALL BREAK No School for Staff or Students