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What have you done today to make you feel proud?

Proud. . . By Claudia Riley, Adapted Physical Education Specialist

I am very proud that I was honored with the CTA's Physically/Mentally Challenged Students Issues' Human Rights Award.  This award is special because it describes my orientation toward students. It also represents  the commitment of both the NUSD Special Ed and regular Ed staff have toward including and welcoming special needs students into their classes and activities. I especially want to mention Coach Ashmore and Coach Weiss for developing schedules that include my students in the gym, weight room, tennis courts and mat rooms. This award celebrates our differences and the variety of all individuals that are served in the NUSD learning community regardless of their abilities.    


Proud. . . By Teachers Lincoln Elementary School  

Laurie Rose

I feel proud of working with my colleagues preparing Family Science Night for the district.  

Christina Kersnick

I feel proud that I take the time to read in small groups with my students every day.  

Sue Bohmann

We have had difficulty helping kids who need help financially with Science Camp costs. I’m happy that more than 75% of our 6th graders can go to camp and through popcorn sales, we have earned the money to help.  

Laura Trickel

Many of my ELL students are reading above the 1st grade spring benchmark. I feel proud of my students’ progress.   Jan MacKenzie I’m proud of integrating technology into my lesson introducing the Ancient India unit in Social Studies. The sixth graders were engaged-Yea!   Eun-Sook Yu I am proud of having a meaningful discussion with my colleagues about making Lincoln a better place.   Cindy Halladay Like so many Lincoln teachers, I am proud that I am able to juggle two different grade level curriculums in my 2/3 combo class.


Proud . . . By Ms. Sena Community Member

The presentation at the Star Lab was excellent. The program covered the third grade required standards in motivating and fun ways. The hands on individual computer lesson, the Planetarium, and the small group sessions were well presented. The game show was a great culminating activity. The student docents were very well prepared and all the presentations were excellent. The student docents are such good role models for our third graders.    


Proud . . . Rich Swift Athletic Director, Newark Memorial High School

You would have been very proud of Mr. Gordon and his MCA students for their efforts at the NCS Boys Wrestling Championships. Their efforts, in union with a volunteer parent, Mr. Bergey, allowed us to have live matches streamed throughout the country on Saturday. Over 1,500 took advantage of this free service. In addition, Mr. Bergey was able to gain use of a screen, our version of a mini “jumbotron”, which allowed matches and information to be projected throughout the two days of the event. Congratulations to Coaches Hess and Gordon for the performance of our Boys team which placed ninth. Special congratulations to Greg O’Connor, who placed 4th and earned a place in the state meet which takes place in Bakersfield this Friday and Saturday. Albert Young earned fifth place, becoming a three-time NCS place winner. Super freshman Victor Pereira placed fifth and capped off this season with over forty wins and only three losses. Coach Bill Choate and our Girls Wrestling team snagged the championship banner at Kennedy High School. Senior Thy Tran, Junior Alyssa Hess and Sophomore Kadie Burdick lead the way by winning championships. Other placers were Sonia Croce—second, Justine Sanchez—third, Lisa Tran— fifth, Laura Choate—fifth, and Paige Natividad—sixth. Although our Girls’ Basketball season ended their season with a loss to Granada High School. This one game cannot take away from the tremendous season our ladies had as they won the MVAL championship and the MVAL playoffs. GREAT JOB to coach Reina and a big thanks to seniors Lauren Ortiz and Danielle Robledo for help in leading the Cougars back to prominence. Coach Ashmore and the boys battled long and hard with a total team effort and defeated Berkeley, which earned the Cougars the right to play in the NCS semifinals at De La Salle.  Thank you to our coaches and the many student helpers and parent volunteers that man the snack bar. Great job by our boosters. Special thanks to the custodial staff, they are awesome.       


Proud . . . By Mary Clements District Business Services Office

  • I’m proud of the Special Education aides who work with the students in their classrooms with that extra care and consideration for them. These employees work in partnership with certificated employees to make a difference in the lives of these students. 
  • I’m proud of the custodians who know each student by name. Even with the significant shortage of our custodial staff, our custodians work diligently to give our children an atmosphere conducive to learning.
  • I’m proud of the Child Care workers who care so much about the children that they create a safe environment for our children to attend. These children remember those who care for them and call out to them in a crowded place even after they graduate from high school. 
  • I’m proud of the library clerks who work hard to ensure responsibility of the students toward care of the books, and timely returns. Many of these Library Clerks max out their paid hours and still work on things like putting together Young Author events. 
  • I’m proud of the site office staff that makes it possible for the administration to attend their meetings and tend to their responsibilities. Often times, the clerical staff know where an administrator is supposed to be even when the administrator doesn’t know themselves.
  • I’m proud of those who work in our cafeterias to bring healthy meals to our students. These are the friendly faces that the students see when they have breakfast in the morning and lunch in the afternoon. At some locations, students have their very first form of work experience as they serve food to their peers. 
  • I’m proud the Maintenance Crew who work many hours through the year to make necessary repairs and keep the school grounds clean and safe for our students. This group of employees has been dwindling over the past few years and even watched some of their own work outsourced. 
  • I’m proud of those who work behind the scenes providing copies for our teachers to reduce outside costs for necessary instructional and informational materials. 
  • Proud of those who make the deliveries and keep stock of items in the warehouse and IMC; those who process payments, receivables, and payroll for our entire district in order to make sure our finances are tightly managed and those in information technology who work hard to ensure computers are functioning at peek performance.


Proud . . . By Joan Carter Administrative Assistant, Ed Services Department

I just want to share with you how incredibly supportive Miranda Dinsmore has been to me, particularly recently, and thank her "publicly" for the tremendous help she has given me. I had been feeling more than a little overwhelmed, but Miranda, in her quietly observant fashion, in addition to doing all her own jobs, has helped to straighten things out for me. During the last eight weeks she has singlehandedly entered every single EL SASI Coding form from every school.  It is a most tedious job which we have always done together - this year she did it all with no help from me. In addition to the  innumerable small tasks Miranda regularly does to ease my days, she also took on several jobs (that for me had become huge and complicated) and completed them with great speed and efficiency -  the Tech Ed Survey Results for one example! You may have noticed that I appear far less stressed. And you can actually see my desk and the surrounding book shelves for a change.  Next time you see Miranda you can thank her for me!




Proud . . . By Soleste Hilberg Assessment Coordinator, Ed Services Department

I would like add that Miranda has helped tremendously with the new OARS assessments. In addition to the usual sorting, packing and sending of the district assessments, she is now also serving as an OARS tech administrator, resetting passwords for teachers who forget them, printing additional bubble sheets for new students, and helping make the new OARS assessment system work for us. Sincere appreciation, Miranda!  


Proud . . . By Bill Kuzma Ed Services Department

I too would like to acknowledge Miranda. She is always right there, ready to help and always seems to have the information needed. Great job Miranda!


Proud . . . By Pam Comfort Assistant Superintendent, Ed Services Department

It certainly takes teamwork to accomplish all of the tasks that fall to Ed Services and I appreciate very much Miranda's leadership and dedication -- as well as all of the hard work and leadership from members of our team on a daily basis! We have a lot to be thankful for, and I am particularly thankful for being surrounded by competence and good humor.   

 Proud. . . By Kathleen Waffle, Principal, Kennedy Elementary School

I am proud of the participation of the Kennedy Learning Community in the Martin Luther King, Jr. service on Sunday, January 11, 2009 where John F. Kennedy Elementary School was invited to display seven large display boards and a large mosaic poster featuring pictures and written works honoring Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Kindergarten through sixth grade students participated, as well as the Kennedy childcare program and the I’M READY! Special Day Class. These works were displayed in the church fellowship hall and viewed during the hour-long dinner. Community members are welcome to see the display currently in the Kennedy School Library.

The program featured Assembly Member, Alberto Torico, and a representative for Congress Member, Pete Stark. Several local ministers and choirs also made presentations. Poetry readings and reflections were shared by community members including Jean Ficklin, former Newark Teacher, who coordinated the event. Kennedy was represented by Teacher Elizabeth Chavez, Librarian, Cheryl Morris, Stephen Morris, the Swanson and Montgomery families.  


Proud. . . By Tim Hess Principal, Kennedy Elementary School

The Newark Memorial Lady Cougar wrestling team had an outstanding performance finishing in FIRST place with 136.5 points at the CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) Northern California Regional tournament.  Eighty-three teams and close to 300 girls competed in the tournament held at Inderkum HS in Sacramento.  The Cougars had two individual champions.  Senior Justine Sanchez, the sixth seed, upset several wrestlers on her way to the 138-pound championship match. Justine defeated Ivonne DeLaCerda Kennedy (Sacramento) HS 6-5 to claim the title. #4 seeded Sophomore Katie Burdick, defeated #1 seed Monica Kirkpatrick of Novato 7-3 in the semi-finals. She followed that up by pinning the #3 seed Sara Aguilar of Edison in the finals. Senior Thuy Tran rolled into the finals with three pins.  She lost in the finals to #1 seeded Ariel Green of Sutter Union to place second.  At 154 pounds, sophomore Alyssa Hess lost a tough overtime match to Kelly Charleton of Tamalpais.  Alyssa bounced back with a major decision victory to put her in the third place match where pinned Hillary Olsen of Bear River to take 3rd place. Unseeded 146-pound freshman Sonja Croce and 126 pound junior Laura Choate both placed sixth in their respective weight classes.  


Proud…By: Audie Tatum Instrumental Music Teacher, N.M.H.S.

I am proud of the work that I have done with the instrumental music students at N.M.H.S. Here are some examples of our work:  

  • The Marching Band has earned $1,705 in prize money in two years.
  • The “Sponsorship” program has earned $1, 024 in donations for 2008-2009 thus far.
  • The “Second Annual Newark Memorial High School Field Show” with Mrs. Clements’ Band students was a success.
  • The Advanced Band earned a second place trophy in 2007-2008 at “Music in the Parks”.
  • The Drum Line earned a first place trophy in 2007-2008 at “Music in the Parks”.
  • The two Beginning Guitar Classes are going well.
  • The “Band Boosters” organization is growing in membership.
  • The Advanced Band performed in the annual “Cal Berkeley High School Band Day” this year.   

Proud. . . By Christine Herrera Administrative Assistant, District Office and Parent

I am proud to be a member of the Newark Junior High School Cougar Parent Club because after only having one fundraiser we were able to raise enough money to cater a luncheon for the entire staff at Newark Junior.  On January 30th we had Texas Roadhouse cater lunch for 100 staff members, several parents were there to serve and what a joy it was for me to be present to experience first hand the overwhelming appreciation from everyone who got to attend the luncheon.  We received many thank you’, handshakes and a round applause.  The ones who deserve the round of applause is the entire staff at Newark Junior High School.  Thank you for all you do for our children.  


Proud. . . By Diane Hoban NJHS Library Clerk

I am proud and thankful to the administrators for allowing so many of the Library Clerks to attend the Santa Clara County of Educations Free Library Resource/Materials Fair.   I was able to acquire for the Jr. High over $300 in Free NEW books, over 50 free used materials and purchased new books at drastically reduced prices.   We heard two wonderful speakers who inspired and refreshed the soul. I can’t wait to implement some of the new ideas shared, in the fall.  

Proud. . . By Connie Spinnato, Principal, Newark Memorial High School

I am very proud of the NMHS drama department and their directors Steve and Brandon Harrington. The drama department of NMHS has been nominated to represent the United States at the 2010 American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. We were nominated by Thomas Hird from California State University East Bay. This nomination is an honor that already recognizes the superiority of our program. If our program is selected to be part of the 2010 AHSTF contingent, our students and their directors will participate in a two-week adventure that will take them to Britain and Scotland in August 2010.    


Proud . . . By: Kristyne Jolly, Special Day Class Teacher, I'M Ready program, Grades 1-2, Kennedy.

I feel proud when I see my students pretending to be the teacher. They often repeat a lesson that meant something to them. It shows me that they enjoyed learning the first time. In playing teacher, they are retaining academic skills and also are developing positive language and social skills. Some families tell me that their children come home and pretend to be teacher to the parents, teaching lessons and using the behavior management techniques that are used in the classroom:) That's why we are here after all, right?  


Proud . . . By: Gail Stevens, Dept. Chair, Modern Languages, NMHS

I feel proud whenever there is a chance for our whole department to get together, collaborate, work, discuss or just have a good time.  These unique individuals  never cease to impress me with their level of dedication, professionalism, intelligence, and most important of all, their sense of humor.  The compassion with which they treat one another and everyone in their life is an inspiration. It is a pleasure to work with them.  


Proud . . . By: James McGee, Assistant Principal, Newark Junior High

I’m proud to say that this is my 20th year as an educator in the Newark Unified School District.  I am proud of our students, parents, and staff that make this a great place to work.  


Proud . . . By: David Hamahashi, Assistant Principal, NMHS

On a daily basis it makes me feel valued that I have in some way supported and recognized a staff person, parent or student.  


Proud . . . By Donna Hanifin, Secretary, (Reception) District Office

Often times parents come into our office that have limited English skills.  After encouraging them to use the skills they have and using my Spanish knowledge, we are able to resolve most problems and questions.  I’m proud that these parents walk away feeling more confident about communicating in English and that we’ve saved the expense of utilizing the Language Line.  


Proud . . . By: Walter Duque,   Driver for NUSD

It made me feel proud to be able to give my lunch to a homeless man.   (The Newark News Desk received the above warm-hearted message upon our return from the holiday break. A truly wonderful way to start the new year!)   

Proud. . . By Betty Sandlin, Newark Chamber of Commerce, Workability Specialist

I am proud that business representatives who are members of the Newark Chamber of Commerce took time from their busy schedules to come and address students at Newark Memorial High School.  We have had the opportunity to welcome Steve Hallock from Fremont Ford/Fremont Mazda who talked with students about automotive business ownership.  In his comments he also explained to students how commissions are paid and gave job descriptions for those working in a car dealership along with educational requirements for those jobs. He also shared how the economy is effecting the car industry.  Linda Kerns and Tammy Sierras from The Bank of the West also visited our campus talking about individual banking needs.   Some of the items discussed with students were credit and debit cards, checking accounts, and how credit scores affect your life.  We are grateful to these members of our community and thank them again for their willingness to help educate our students. 


Proud. . . By Catherine Mikes. Newark Junior High School

  What an amazing staff development day we had together; I noticed great collaborative efforts!

  • I noticed six teachers, willing to step up to the plate and share their expertise with their fellow colleagues.
  • I noticed two of our teachers continuing to learn about all the great perks associated with School Loop and then share that knowledge with the rest of our team.
  • I noticed a fabulous ELAC meeting hosted by one of our outstanding AP’s.
  • I noticed our office staff, counselors, and administrators assisting our families with School Loop by sitting down with them and offering training on our new reporting system.
  • I noticed a staff member willing to step out of her day to day routine to teach teachers about OARS.
  • I noticed great teaching happening in science, history, ELA and math. Students are engaged, and having a great time by participating in BINGO reviews, skits reenacting yester years, writing essays and using the distributive property.
  • I noticed our families’ willingness to restart a parents club at our site for the betterment of our students and teachers.
  • I noticed teachers putting on one of the best Halloween festivities I have seen in awhile. The kids had a blast!
  • I noticed a teacher who put so much effort into his costume, and his rhetoric for his class. They will never forget this teacher!
  • I have noticed our SRO working collaboratively with administration to keep our campus safe.
  • I noticed our campus monitor using amazing discernment to nip a situation in the bud.
  • I noticed the amazing job our PE teachers do in working with their kids. I had the privilege of visiting a swimming class, what FUN!
  • I noticed that I do pretty well as John’s aide. Thanks John for letting me be a part of your class.
  • I noticed that two of our teachers can run like the wind. We all look forward to watching you on TV when you run the BOSTON MARATHON!
  • I noticed a loving and compassionate office staff member extending herself to a family in need by providing lunch for a student for rest of the week.


Proud. . . Jan Moura, Administrative Secretary, MOT Department

I am extremely proud of the way M.O.T. has answered all calls for transportation this past year, despite having no available regular bus driver. M.O.T. Staff Secretary, Susan Condon, has gone above and beyond in her efforts to cover all requested field and athletic trip requests. She has suffered many sleepless nights in the process due to the lack of driver availability.   Last, but definitely not least, Cliff Bean, our garage mechanic, and Miles Olivares, our phone technician, have been forced to put aside their regular duties many times this year to assure our students would not miss a field trip. They have graciously done so, becoming more and more concerned about completing their regular workload. Both these men take pride in their work and it goes against their grain to have these jobs pile up.   I would like to say THANK YOU to all three of these dedicated people. I’m proud to work with you!   

Proud. . . By Connie Spinnato, Principal Newark Memorial High School

I am very proud about the wonderful job Michael Gordon and Cliff Ingham did on producing our new beautiful website.  I am also very proud Newark Memorial High School has gone GREEN! In an effort to save paper and printing costs Newark Memorial High School has adopted a GO GREEN CAMPAIGN!    


Proud. . . By Mary Clements, Business Office and CSEA Representative

I am proud of the Taiko Performance that took place on November 2nd.  The Taiko students from the Newark Adult School put on a full stage performance to a crowd of over 300.  We have two CSEA members currently participating including our own Sue Eustice who teaches Taiko in our Adult Ed program nearly every day.    Our Taiko group is a very diverse group of all ethnic backgrounds and an age range of 6 to 75 years old.  It’s believed that Taiko keeps you young.  After this performance on November 2nd, it would seem that regardless of the age, all have a tremendous amount of energy.  What a great way to represent Newark Unified School District!!  

Proud. . . By Eileen Weeks

Three Teachers from Kennedy Elementary I am proud that I accomplished one of my life goals recently with two friends who happen to also be NUSD employees. Jane Burns, NMHS Biology Teacher, Kathy Canario, Schilling Librarian, and I climbed Half Dome in Yosemite National Park on the last weekend in September. I am proud of the hard work, dedication and training that we did in the months prior to the hike. We have been able to share with our students about setting a goal, preparing for it, and accomplishing the feat. I am also proud that I was able to turn my leisure activity into a personal social studies lesson for my 3rd graders at Kennedy on the mountain region in California.   We had a fantastic time and would recommend it to everyone who is willing to put in the time and effort to be prepared for the strenuous hike.  Proud is...standing on the top of Half Dome and feeling on top of the world!  


Proud . . . By Wanda Bunting

NMHS Teacher-Librarian Mark Narciso, Fine Arts Department Chair here at NMHS, has set up a very professional, gallery-style, interchangeable wall display of the grant pictures throughout the main part of the campus office…wherever staff, students and community visitors can see them.  Using information gleaned from the accompanying support materials, each one is accompanied by a card with two or three “thought” provoking questions about the photo.  The answers to these questions are NOT provided, thereby subtly encouraging viewers to engage in the research activities necessary to find the answers.  In addition, this display creates on-the-spot conversation and communication between observers about the quality of the art itself, as well as the historical significance of the work and its creator.  Depending on how much time I have as I walk by the display, I find myself either glancing at all of them or stopping at one or another of them to admire and enjoy.  


Proud. . . By Catherine Mikes Principal of Newark Junior High School                                                 

I would like to thank each staff member for making our first month of school together so successful. Things I have noticed this month:

  • I noticed a member of our office staff extending themselves to a new parent who needed a shoulder to lean on through a tough transition. 
  • I noticed an administrator working above and beyond, with the help of his assistant, in order to balance class sizes for the betterment of teachers and students. 
  • I noticed a teacher who opened her classroom this past month and allowed me to be a part of her lesson. I had a great time working by her side, helping students learn.
  • I noticed teachers, who during back to school night, added just the right mixture of humor and serious rhetoric in an effort to communicate expectations for their students. 
  • I noticed custodians going the extra mile to ensure that our campus is ready to go every day. ® I noticed a student who came by the office to check on a friend in need. 
  • I noticed caring and thoughtful counselors who went out of their way to make sure students know they have a safe place to go when they need to talk or simply sit and think. 
  • I noticed our office manager went out of her way to make me feel very welcomed, not to mention her attempt to try to manage my calendar!! 
  • I noticed an entire staff come together on a Monday when we thought student safety might be at risk.
  • I noticed a leadership class who worked collaboratively; setting goals to make our school an even better place for kids.
  • I noticed during my one-on-one staff meetings that this team has a lot of dreams for our school.
  • I noticed a superintendent who took my concerns to heart and offered to assist our school in anyway he could. 
  • I noticed Newark Memorial High School opened their doors to the rest of the district in an effort to host our online assessment training. 
  • I noticed Newark Days was a big success and appreciated our “photographer” taking pictures on behalf of our site to share. 
  • I appreciate our Campus Monitors, enough said. 
  • I noticed that the English department is making great strides with the high school by beginning monthly articulations. 
  • I noticed that our SRO really cares about kids and is a great problem solver! 
  • I noticed the girls’ volleyball team is having a great time, many thanks to our coaches! Proud is how I feel about our amazing staff and I am thrilled to be a part of this TEAM. 


Proud. . . By Kathleen Waffle Principal of Kennedy Elementary School

  • Kennedy School is the recipient of a $3,000.00 P. G. E. Bright Ideas Grant that will be announced at the Academy of Science Reception next week.  These funds will support training and installations sessions for the new solar irrigation system for the Kennedy School Garden Project. 

  • We received a $1,000.00 Target grant that will fund several multicultural and diversity assemblies for the 2008 - 2009 school year. 

  • We received a $1,000.00 grant from Walmart to support our Book Club and Young Authors' programs. 

  • We have eighty-three K- 6 students participating in rehearsals for the December 11th and 12th performances of the Nutcracker. 

  • We completed a disaster drill practice with the staff and childcare students on Tuesday, October 14, 2008. Representatives from the Newark Fire Department, Newark Police Department, and the Newark Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) participated and will be providing follow-up practices using communication walkie-talkies and search and rescue techniques. 

  • Teacher representatives from every grade level at Kennedy volunteered to review the drafts of the ELA benchmark tests for the first trimester for Soleste Hilberg.  

  • Beginning with our next newsletter, there will be articles to encourage making healthy choices to support our Wellness goal.  


Proud. . . By Sandi Accarrizzi

...of how well my office mate, Connie Costas, and I work together.  With the beginning of the school year comes the hectic time of enrollment. To ensure our enrollment would proceed smoothly, I put a lot of thought and time into advance preparation and organization.  By the time Connie returned to work, all was in place and we worked collaboratively; almost like a well orchestrated dance.  And, a dance it was in our small space!  I had set up a folder for each teacher so as each student was registered, his/her disaster release form, school compact, and the NCLB form were all placed in the teacher's folder.  This way Connie would not have to wade through a stack of disaster releases and sort them by teacher.  Our Tentative Placement forms were alphabetized by our principal Debbie Ashmore (yes, our principal is office friendly!) in our emergency card box so all Connie and I had to do was pull this form and place the emergency card in its place - wallah!   emergency cards all filed alphabetically right off the bat.  We had a place for parents to fill out forms if they were missing any or if they did not receive their packet in the mail.  We worked collaboratively, while  I took all new registrations, Connie was able to continue to register our returning students, thus keeping the line moving.  This year was our smoothest start ever. 


Proud. . . by Cathy Souza

I am proud of being able to help people. Working in Payroll is no different than when I worked in Food Service or at Schilling Elementary, everybody has a question or a need and I find it rewarding to help. No matter how big or small the task may be, I want to give them the best customer service so I can be a resource for them again in the future.  


Proud. . .by Liz Warren . .

a feeling I strive to attain in my daily responsibilities but, often times fall short as I compare my abilities to the talented individuals of our learning community. So many highly qualified teachers and administrators influencing students and their futures with inventive ideas, motivating speeches and interactive teaching techniques. I had always wanted to be a part of something special by teaching and helping children grow into strong and successful young adults, but I found my talents were better suited in an office atmosphere.   Joining Newark Unified School District two years ago has given me the opportunity to utilize my skills in a variety of ways and although my contributions to the Newark Days Parade were strictly creative and not educational, I was able to witness the sheer joy and excitement of hundreds of children as they enjoyed the magical morning. With their eyes fixed on Pete’s Dragon Elliott and his goofy smile, fat tummy and shimmering wings, I realized I actually was able to touch children if only for a moment and watch them enjoy a twinkle of magic.   Proud, that is what I felt as our community watched our district float drive by on the parade route. I knew from those looks of wonder and smiles that I had been a part of something special.  


A “Proud” act of Leadership

Recently Catherine Leavitt and Michelle Mensinger, representing a leadership team from Newark Memorial High School, attended a conference entitled, “Three Critical Commitments Schools and Districts Should Make” by Getting Serious about School Reform Institute.

Catherine writes . . .

I am writing to thank you for sending us to yet another worthwhile professional education opportunity. Although the conference addressed many areas, one of the most powerful, for the English Department , was about how to use standards, objectives, student feedback and grading in a manner that will greatly benefit students by shifting their focus from being point hounds to get their grades to being skills hounds to get their grades. What a shift. Instead of simply instructing teachers to post standards and objectives, it becomes meaningful and has a clear purpose. With the wealth of information we received, I know I am not only speaking for myself when I say that I am excited to bring some of Marzano's and Pickering's ideas and strategies to NMHS to help keep our forward momentum going.  

Michelle writes . . .

I too would like to express this was a worthwhile event. This was a very meaningful and applicable seminar for the Science department. I have read many of Marzano's books and it was clear to me his strategies could be put into place to move us forward. I also enjoyed the bonding experience and thought it highly beneficial giving me a feeling of closeness to each colleague. I know I will feel comfortable meeting with them in the future for help, for partnership, for collegiality and for collaboration.