As we move into the month of October, our students and community will be offered a wide array of events that are simply fantastic. We start the month with two weekends of Austin City Limits Music Festival which really impacts our community whether you are a music fan or not. Traffic wise, we’ll see lots of visitors from out of town, which can give those of us who call Austin home a feeling that we are in an unfamiliar place. Next Friday, we will have an early release day followed by the Lake Travis football game. Saturday, WHS will host the Marching Band Festival and the following Monday, 10/10 is a student holiday. Oh, yeah, it is also Texas-OU weekend. Tuesday, 10/11 is "No Homework Night". Mid October will see the end of our first grading period, Homecoming and the Formula One weekend. That is a whole bunch of activities outside of the normal school schedule/routine that we all keep as families.
As adults, we all know how to plan and prioritize. But even with all of our preplanning, we can get overwhelmed with trying to be a part of all that Austin has to offer. This month is a fantastic time to talk to your students about prioritizing and planning ahead. This might be the month to sit down, get out the calendar, and discuss all the options in front of them. The end of our first grading period is October 14th so this may need to be a part of the conversation. The important thought is to make this an engaged conversation as opposed to creating a calendar for them. As folks mature, they want to be able to show maturity by making good decisions and to be acknowledged for those decisions. This is true as people grow in high school, in their professional lives, and as they continue to develop throughout their lives personally. This month can be a nice stimulus for growth and praise. And if you have to rein them in a bit, do that as well!
It's always a great day to be a Chaparral!
September 29, 2016
Megan Wham Joyce, English I PreAP (Freshman)
Lee Carnes, English IV AP (Seniors)
Both teachers were interested in unearthing ways to help their students engage with the literature they read, using the most effective technologies and collaborative techniques.
Vertically Aligned Visual Expansion of Literature
In both the freshmen and senior classes, students have had opportunities to express their understandings of the literature they are reading using visual media and to share their ideas with others in their classes
Steve Ramsey: WHS Principal Blog
Principal's Weekly Reflections