Feedback, feedback, feedback-leads to fabulous conversations and discussions. Feedback is crucial in the educational practice and in any organization. If something is going on with your child or concerns you as a parent, please contact us at any time. Please feel free to stop by our administrative and counseling offices or to schedule a meeting. We believe this is the best way to support you as parents. I will am also available for the hour before our monthly PTO meetings. I will be in the CHAP Room from 11 am – noon on September 23rd. Stop on by, and we can discuss any school related items you wish. It is an open invitation and open ended forum.
One of the goals of our weekly newsletter is to highlight teachers doing what they love to do-teach! We have decided to call this our Teacher Feature. Our first feature is below. We also want to communicate how we are supporting your students in all areas-academics, social, emotionally, and in their 21st century skills. Please also read about our Base Camp for our students in the world of technology. These features will be presented by our instructional partners Valerie Taylor and Dillon Finan. Our educational technologists Lisa Johnson and Kacy Mitchell will be showcasing our campus as well.
The 2nd Annual iPad Base Camp for Freshman will be held Tuesday September 20th. All Freshman will experience hands-on stations (during their Science class) that will support them with reaching optimal instructional and organizational usage of their device and applications like Notability and Google Calendar.
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
September 15, 2016
Mrs. Natalie Wyll, Calculus and Engineering Teacher.
This week Mrs. Wyll’s Calculus class is engaged in a multi-day engineering design challenge called Barbie bungee. Students will create a mathematical model that can accurately predict the number of rubberbands needed for Barbie to safely bungee jump from any specified height. While the bungee jump needs to be safe it also needs to be exciting, so students try and get Barbie as close to the ground as possible without her hitting the ground.
The Inspiration, Engagement, and Beyond
Natalie is passionate about having her students apply math to solve real-world problems in fun and exciting ways. The smiles on her students faces and the laughter that fills her room is evidence she is meeting her goals! Learning doesn’t stop at the end of this project. Later in the year Mrs. Wyll plans to revisit Barbie bungee and students will use integration techniques to calculate the work done on a spring - in this case the rubber band bungee. Additionally, they will be using calculus to calculate the spring constant of a rubber band, and ultimately the spring constant for the Barbie bungee. Mrs. Wyll exemplifies the engaging high quality education happening at Westlake High School which is why she was chosen for our teacher feature.
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