Quote of the Week
“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” Nelson Mandela
–12/9-16, Final week before exams; remind parents/guardians to check grades before exams
–12/9, New application deadline for 2014-15 cohort of 9th grade students
–12/9, Guest speakers from Inter-Faith Food Shuttle in 9th grade Seminar classes
–12/9, Charter school visitors with Mrs. Thomas @ STEM, 8:00-10:00
–12/9, School Improvement Team in Mr. Burgess’ room, 2:30-3:30
–12/10, RM to WCPSS Effective Teacher Framework training @ Rolesville HS, 8:30-4:00
–12/11, Lucy Haagen (former Durham Literacy Center Director) and Chinese educators @ STEM, 8:30-9:30
–12/11, 9th and 11th grade PLTs meet
–12/11, Administrative Team meeting, 2:30-3:30
–12/12, RM and LB to STEM ECHS Business Advisory Board mtg. @ WebAssign, 8:30-10:00
–12/13, RH and TT to WCPSS Registration meeting for 2014-15, 8:30-12:30
–12/13, First Annual STEM ECHS Talent Show @ Witherspoon Hall (NC State), 6:30-9:00
This week marks the end of the first semester for year long courses (and mid-term exams), or the final week before exams for math and Computer Programming I (9th grade Seminar is pass/fail and does not have a final exam). Yesterday, the PTSA President (Latoya Giles) posted exam information via e-mail. This information is also posted on the STEM ECHS website and being reviewed by teachers and students this week. Parents/guardians should closely review this information with their student(s) and contact the appropriate school faculty/staff with any questions or concerns.
During the instructional part of our courses we recommend that students spend at least a total of two hours a night studying their core classes (English/Social Studies; Science/Engineering Design; and math). The STEM ECHS teachers embrace the concept of “being with the subject”–in addition to completing written/verbal/presentation requirements, students should also be engaged in reading ahead, recopying/highlighting their notes, engaging with their peers or tutors about assignments, and identifying questions that they can ask the next day in class. The importance of all of these strategies is magnified in preparation for exams that will count 20-25% of student achievement for the semester or course. Parents/guardians during this week should be monitoring and encouraging good study habits at home, students to ask questions in class this week, time for the students to relax and enjoy their family and friends, and the proper amount of sleep.
Review Day is Friday, December 13th in all classes. Students will be prepared by their teachers about the format of the exam and key topics to focus on. It is fortunate that students have a weekend to finalize their preparation for exams, and we look forward to all of our students coming to their exams confident and rested. We are very proud of the work and determination that our students have demonstrated, and look forward to it producing positive results for the exams and final semester/course achievement.
Robert H. Matheson III