Junior Prom Pictures on the D&C Site

Click the image below to view the D&C picture gallery from this year’s Prom.

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Timelines and Calendars for the 2014-2015 School Year

Click on the links below to view either document:

2014-2015 Reporting Timetable Secondary Final

2014-2015 Greece Rotation Schedule

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Regents Exam Week Proctoring Schedule – June 2014

Click on the links below for the proctoring and transportation schedules.  If you have any questions see John Bellini or Paulette Inclema.

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Athena Update – Week 38

The Athena High School Mission: “Our graduates will be prepared for success in college and career in the 21st century.”  

NYSED School Report Card – As mentioned at this weeks staff meeting, our annual school report card was released last month. This report is generated by the Steve Department of Education and is used to evaluate the quality of each school. This year’s Athena report showed continued growth and improvement across the board in virtually every area of school accountability.  In particular, our graduation rates continue to increase and we are up 3% since the preceding year.  Also of note our suspension rate is continuing to decline which indicates that the work we continue to do to ensure safety and appropriate behavior is a top priority is having a significant impact. We are clearly headed in the right direction.

Need to Know:

  • Tuesday June 3rd there is No Staff Meeting – To accommodate the Senior Reflective Conferences on Friday there will be no staff meeting on Tuesday.
  • Senior Reflective Conferences are on Friday June 6th – Friday will be a half day with all students leaving at 10:15.  We will not modify the schedule.  All staff will be scheduled to participate in conferences from 11:15 to 3pm.
  • Common Athena Syllabus Content – As mentioned at the Staff Meeting on Tuesday, we will all include our collective commitments in each syllabus next year. Click here to download a copy of the common syllabus information.  Please copy and paste this into your syllabus for next year for all courses.
  • June Exam Week Proctoring AssignmentsClick here to review your proctoring assignments for Regents Exam Week.  See Mr. Bellini or Mrs. Inclema if you have any questions.
  • PLC Presentations During Exam Week – Kathleen sent out a sign up sheet with a range of dates and times for each PLC team to sign up to present to the Admin team. Click here for a copy of the presentation description and expectations.

Nice to Know:

  • Congratulations to the Varsity Baseball Team – The boys made it all the way to the Sectional Championship game at Frontier Field this year.  Congratulations on a great season.
  • Greece Youth Hall of Fame Inductees – Congratulation to Latecia Agee and Courtney Olbrich on being inducted into the Greece Youth Hall of Fame earlier this month.  Both are impressive young women with incredible accomplishments.
  • Leadership Positions for 2014-2015Click here for a list of extra curricular and leadership positions you may want to consider applying to be a part of next year. Deadline to let Jason know of your interest is June 10th.
  • Exam Week CalendarClick here for this year’s June exam calendar.
  • Important Year End DatesClick here for the updated list of important dates to end the year.
  • Athena Gives Back – Throughout the year we have had numerous fundraisers and community service events that continue to characterize our school as a compassionate and caring group of people.  Currently, Mrs. Vail’s CIA class has been collecting clothing for the Open Door Mission.  Mrs. Vail’s room is now filling up with bags and bags of clothing.  She predicts it will take 3 or 4 trucks to get the clothing to the shelter.

We only have 10 more days of school with students!

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Common Syllabus Section for Athena High School

Below are the points for the common section on all Athena syllabi for next year. Please copy and paste the bullets below into the beginning of your syllabus for next year.

  • The Athena Mission – “We will ensure that all graduates of Greece Athena High School are prepared for success in college and careers in the 21st century.”
  • The Athena Writing Framework – While there are many ways to write effectively, we use the CSA writing framework as a tool for ensuring that our written communication is analytical and insightful. This means the following:
    • Every paragraph must have a claim
    • Every claim must be supported with evidence, details and analysis
  • The Athena Way Values – We expect that all students and staff live out the following personal characteristics.
    • Respectful
    • Responsible
    • Productive
  • The Athena Response – When students do not follow the Athena Way Values we will respond in a consistent way. If student behavior requires disciplinary intervention the following steps will be taken.
    • Major Offense – Student will be taken to a Unit Office and a referral will be written
    • 1st Minor Offense – Personal conversation between teacher and student articulating expectation and teacher consequences
    • 2nd Minor Offense – Communication of concern and expectations to parent or guardian and teacher consequence
    • 3rd Minor Offense – Any other teacher consequence
    • 4th Minor Offense – Referral to Assistant Principal for administrative consequence
  • The Athena Grading Communication – All teachers maintain grade books in Infinite Campus. All students are expected to check Infinite Campus regularly to check grades and assignment completion. Infinite Campus should be checked prior to asking a teacher about your grades or assignments.
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Athena Staff Update – Week 37

The Athena High School Mission: “Our graduates will be prepared for success in college and career in the 21st century.” 

Research Points to Ponder: We all know that student engagement is a critical factor in the effectiveness of our pedagogical practices.  However, what instructional strategies are proven to lead to increased engagement.  Recent research out of Michigan State University indicates the following. “Student engagement (versus bordem) is a key correlate of success in high school, and some teachers are much more successful at engaging their students than others..Connective instruction practices were seven times more effective at fostering student engagement than academic rigor and lively teaching.” This is powerful.  So, what exactly is “connective teaching” and how do we do it?  Check your mailboxes for more information.

Article of the Week: This week you will find an article in your mailbox titled “Research SummaryTeaching Strategies that Engage High-School Students”. This article is a summary of the research mentioned above by Kristy Cooper.  As you take time to look over this article you may find yourself surprised at what has been proven to increase engagement in high school students. I would encourage you to try out some of the strategies in this article.  You might find that you already employ some of them.

Need to Know:

  • May 27th is a Staff Meeting – We will meet in the cafe and cover the Senior Reflective Conference expectations, complete another close read on College and Career Readiness and complete our annual RtI survey.
  • Give Last Check Point # 3 to Jason– This was due to your Admin last Friday.  If you haven’t handed yours in yet, give it to Kathleen by Tuesday afternoon.
  • Turn in the College and Career Readiness Close Read – Please give your responses to the Close Read activity from Tuesday to Kathleen if you haven’t turned it in to an Admin yet.  If you missed the meeting, click here to complete it.
  • Senior Reflective Conference Day – Everyone will be scheduled to participate on the Senior Reflective Conference panels on Friday June 6th between 11:30 and 3pm. This will be a half day for students… we will only have the first 3 classes this day.
  • No Staff Meeting on June 3rd – There will be no staff meeting on June 3rd as the Senior Reflective Conferences on Friday might go until 3pm.
  • PLC Presentations During Exam Week – Next week Kathleen will be sending out a sign up sheet with a range of dates and times for each PLC team to sign up to present to the Admin team. Click here for a copy of the presentation description and expectations.

Nice to Know:

  • The Annual Awards Ceremony – Thursday night we celebrated the best and brightest of Athena academics.  We honored many incredible students and gave out literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships.  Thank you to all the staff who participated.
  • Leadership Positions for 2014-2015 – Click here for a list of extra curricular and leadership positions you may want to consider applying to be a part of next year.
  • Exam Week Calendar – Click here for this year’s June exam calendar.
  • Staff Meeting Calendar – Click here to view the staff meeting calendar for the rest of the year.
  • Important Year End Dates – Click here for the updated list of important dates to end the year.
  • Independent Course Proposals – These are due by June 1st.

Digging Into the Data:As you know, I periodically try to share significant data trends that indicate how things are going overall in our school.  Here are a few points worth pondering. This data is focused on the changes in our referral trends comparing this year and last year.

  • We Have Less Behavioral Incidents Per Day – Since February we have seen a significant decrease in the number of behavioral incident per day as documented by written referrals.  In particular in the month of May so far we have the lowest referral rate per day since September with under 7 referrals per day. Click here to see the month by month trends.  This also represents a significant decrease per day over last years rates for the same time period.
  • We Have Less Behavioral Incidents in Halls and Cafe – Earlier in the year many of you requested that we focus on addressing behavioral issues in the halls and cafe.  Compared with last year (during the same period of time) we have seen a decrease by 12% of the number of behavioral incidents that are occurring outside of the classrooms.
  • We Have More Behavioral Incidents in the Classrooms – During this same period of time we have seen and increase from 60% to 73% of all behavioral incidents occurring in the classroom.
  • We Have Less Incidents of Disrespect – During this same time we have seen a decrease in incidents of disrespect from 29% to 22%.
  • We Have More Incidents of Tardy – During this time we ahve seen an increase in the number of tardy referrals from 385 to 569 or 27% of all referrals to 36%.

Analyzing the Data:

  • Our Collective Impact – When we collectively commit to and focus on an issue we have a powerful impact.  This year the Athena Way Committee helped us as a staff focus on respect and increasing our hallway presence.  The data is clear that we had a impact in both of these areas.
  • Areas to Target Next – The combination this and the previous data sets indicate that the Athena Way Committee will likely focus its efforts for next year on aligning our classroom expectations and mini lessons for students around classroom behaviors and tardiness as those are clearly the areas of greatest concern.

 

We only have 14 more days of school with students! Finish strong!

 

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Year End PLC Team Presentation Expectations

Purpose: To share how your team engaged in professional growth and collaboration to inform your instruction, intervention and feedback to students

Timeline:

  • Review of Expectations – April 29th PLC Meeting
  • Planning Session 1 – May 6th PLC Meeting (half of the time)
  • Planning Session 2 – June 10th PLC Meeting (half of the time)
  • Planning Session 3 – Exam Week 1 (if needed)
  • Presentations – Exam Week 1 or 2 (exact time TBD)

Topics and Questions to Cover:

  • Self Assessment of the Team: Where do you rate your team on each of the first 3 Check Points? (provide evidence)
  • CFA Procedures: Describe your CFA development, administration and analysis process this year?
  • Adjustments Made this Year: Based on your CFA data, what instructional adjustments and interventions have you implemented?
  • Continuing Our Improvement: What do you feel is the most important area of instructional growth for your team moving forward into next year?
  • Bright Spots: Include at least one bright spot for each member of the team.  Suggestions may include personal or professional growth, successful strategies or techniques, technology integration or anything else you may want to share.

Guidelines:

  • Length – Presentations must be no more than 20 minutes
  • Presenters – Each member of the PLC Team must be a part of the presentation
  • Content – Address each of the “Topics and Questions” listed above
  • Supporting Technology – Presentation must include at least one of the following: a PowerPoint, video, graphic organizer, SMART Board activity, blog post, prezi or other resource.
  • Summary of Presentation – Draft a 1-2 paragraph summary of your teams progress this year.  It will be posted on the staff blog, along with the supporting technology.
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Leadership and Extra Curricular Positions for 2014-2015

Click the link below for specific information about many of the building leadership stipend positions offered next year. This list does not include the positions outlined in the contract or the STLE grant.

If you are interested in any of these positions please email Jason by June 10th with a description of why you feel you are interested in the position.

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Close Read: College and Career Ready Inventory

Click on the links below to download the close reading activities we completed as a staff on College and Career Readiness. These activities are based on excerpts from the book “College and Career Ready” by David Conley.

Activity 1Key Cognitive Strategies Required to Succeed in College (5.20.2014)

Activity 2General Characteristics and Example Performances of College and Career Readiness (5.27.2014)

 

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Athena Staff Update – Week 35

The Athena High School Mission: “Our graduates will be prepared for success in college and career in the 21st century.”  

Thought to Ponder: “College and career readiness is NOT about all students attending four-year colleges or universities; its about access to the middle class.”  I came across a great thought this week from The Future Ready Project and was profoundly impacted by the power of this statement.  Our goal is not to get students to fit into a certain box or role.  Rather, we are seeking to ensure that all of our students are equipped with the tools and options necessary to help them achieve success.  For most students that will involve further education of some sort, beyond Athena.  For some it will take the form of apprenticeships or internships.  For others it will involve military service.  For all students it must involve four years of high school that prepares them for college and careers in the 21st century.

Article of the Week: This week you will find an article in your mailbox titled “College and Career Readiness and Economic Competitiveness”.  Take the time to look this document over and familiarize yourselves with the current economic realities that face our students when they leave us. They are entering a very different world then the one that we faced leaving high school.

Need to Know:

  • May 13th is the Last PLC Meeting – This week you will have time to wrap up your last CFA Cycle and complete the last Check Point 3 Rubric of the year.
  • Turn Check Point 3 Into Your Administrator by Friday May 16th – This will be done on Tuesday with your PLC Team.  It will be used to compare to your prior Check Point 3 from earlier in the year and determine next steps
  • AP Exams Continue – Do not allow anyone out of your classroom unless it is an emergency.
  • Wear a College Shirt on 5.22 Day – Help promote college and career readiness on our 5.22 day by wearing college gear.

Nice to Know:

  • Athena Student Faith Gruver Wins Congressional Art CompetitionClick here for the details.
  • 5 Ways Ed PaysClick here to view an incredible infographic video that aligns with the new college and career readiness posters in the commons area.  Consider showing this to your class if you have 2 extra minutes.
  • Field Testing on May 21 – We will have a few classes taking NYS field tests.  Information will come from Susan soon.
  • Exam Week CalendarClick here for this year’s June exam calendar.
  • Staff Meeting CalendarClick here to view the staff meeting calendar for the rest of the year.
  • Important Year End DatesClick here for the updated list of important dates to end the year.
  • Independent Course Proposals – These are due by June 1st.

We only have 25 more days of school with students! Finish strong!

 

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