Athena Staff Update – Week 24

I hope you all had a great week back from break.  

The Athena High School Mission: “Our graduates will be prepared for success in college and career in the 21st century.”  Since we adopted this as our school mission statement and focus, we have been reflecting on what it takes to be ensuring that our graduates are prepared for success after graduation. Over the next few weeks and months you will begin to hear more about this renewed focus on the announcements, in the halls, in meetings and in conversations.  The Athena Improvement Team has been focused on this over the past several meetings and will continue to explore this topic on Monday at our March meeting.  In particular we will be discussing a possible common set of statements for all Athena course syllabi as one of many strategic steps we are taking to continue to align our work with this new mission. Please join us if you are interested.

Five Keys to Effective Teacher Learning Teams: An article was place in your mailbox on Friday afternoon from the Education Week website titled “Five Keys to Effective Teacher Learning Teams” by Gallimore and Ermeling. As you all know, I believe strongly in the power of Professional Learning Teams.  I also believe that the only thing preventing us from continual improvement is our own willingness to grow and learn.  This article spells out 5 simple tips for ensuring that we get the most out of our time spent in PLC Teams.  I would encourage you to take 5 minutes and read it over.  You will find that we follow some of the tips already as a part of our embedded school culture. You will also find that there are areas we have to continue to work on together.  As you reflect on your own professional and collaborative practice through this article, I know you will find areas that will be helpful in your growth as a team.

Need to Know:

  • Tuesday Staff Meeting is PLC Time: PLC Teams should begin the next CFA development cycle.
  • AIT Meeting this Week: We will meet on Monday at 2pm in room 272.
  • Zone Printing Coming Soon: We will be moving to zone printing in the next few weeks.  This means we will have several high quality, super fast printers installed around the building that will replace all the inkjet printers we currently have.  No one will need to walk more than a few rooms to get their copies.  The new units are laser printers and are extremely fast and the ink is far less expensive. When I have a confirmed replacement date I will let you know
  • Budget Freeze: All purchases must be in to Agnes by Monday at the latest or they will not be processed by the freeze.
  • Roster Verification: Due to glitches in the NYSED process some of you have not been able to verify the rosters.  If you were not able to do so, try again in a few days. Click here for more information.
  • Building Fire and Safety Inspection: As you know we routinely have safety inspections.  If you need a refresher on the regulations read this document.
  • June Regents Exam Schedule: Click here to view the schedule.

Nice to Know:   

  • Boys Basketball In Section V Championship Game: By the time you read this, they will have played the game.  Click here for video of the semi-final game.
  • Senior to Senior Dance: Click here for the Channel 13 Bright Spot video.
  • Hockey Team and Andrew Longwell: Click here to view the video.
  • School Team Visit: A team from Webster Schroeder will be visiting us next Friday afternoon.  

Athena Data Point of the Week: Each week I want to start sharing a different data point with you relative to a different aspect of Athena cultures  The admin team already looks at and analyzes four broad categories (Attendance, Discipline, Instruction, Intervention) on a rotating basis.  I will begin sharing summaries of this data each week. This week we looked at intervention data.

  • Semester 1 students earning credit recovery – 10
  • Semester 1 students earning quarter recovery – 53
  • Semester 1 students earning full course credit – 23
  • Students currently enrolled in twilight for quarter recovery – 81

The data is very clear.  The strategic and targeted interventions we are employing are making an impact.  Thank you for your continued efforts with each of these students and for your support of the Twilight and Academic Center teachers who are working hard to ensure that the consequence of not learning is learning.

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