To Gardner’s Former Students

I know that many students revisit this site to find resources, particularly related to writing and the analytical paragraphing format that we used in class. Those resources can still be found above at the "Writing Help" link. As always, you can email me with ANY questions, needs for help, or whatever. I am more than happy to take a look at your writing for other classes to give you quick feedback. If you email me, make sure to include your name! I have had a few thousand students and do not recognize you all by your email address.

I've shifted to a full time job for the school district (doing all day what I've been doing for half of each day since 2012) which means I won't be teaching high schoolers this year. I'm working on mentoring new teachers and helping to strengthen opportunities for teachers to learn, grow, and lead. That doesn't mean you can't still email me to read those papers!

Tues. 9 June 2015 – Last Day of English 12

Thanks for a great year. This was a tough year for me both personally and professionally, so I appreciate your patience, cooperation, and persistence. If you still have your Camas Google Login, you can access the group pictures from the last day of school at this folder. Bonus points if you can figure out where I photoshopped them :)

Best of luck with whatever comes next. Be safe, have fun, and keep learning.

Mon. 8 June 2015

In Class Today: HOUSEKEEPING

Report to the regular classroom…we'll then head to Lab 200.

  1. Locker Clean Out
  2. Electronic Clean Out

HW: None. Know your graduation-week schedule!

Fri. 5 June 2015 – NO PLC SCHEDULE TODAY

Today: Review… Big Idea #4. If you are out on an excused absence, click through the prezi below and locate the writing prompt. Submit your response to this prompt on paper or via email no later than this Friday.

Thurs. 4 June 2015

Today: Review… Big Idea #3. If you are out on an excused absence, click through the prezi below and locate the writing prompt. Submit your response to this prompt on paper or via email no later than this Friday.

End of the Year Details…

Monday, June 8:

Class schedule as usual – In English Class: Locker clean-out, electronic clean out (consider bringing a thumb drive to save your files on for transport).

 

Tuesday, June 9:

Bell schedule as usual; attend all six periods – Finals in Periods 4, 5 and 6 – In English Class: “Big Idea #Last”

 

Wednesday, June 10:

Bell schedule as usual, attend periods 1, 2, 3 – Finals in Periods 1, 2, and 3 – No English Class

Senior Picnic at Cardon Field from 10:45am – 2:15pm

 

Thursday, June 11:

Senior+Father Breakfast 8:00am – 10:00am in the CHS Main Gym

MANDATORY Graduation Practice 11:00am – 1:00pm (students must attend in order to participate in Friday’s ceremony) in the CHS Main Gym

 

Friday, June 12:

MANDATORY Graduation Practice 8:50am – 1:00pm at Doc Harris Stadium (students must attend in order to participate in the evening’s ceremony)

SENIORS: Be ready to board buses at CHS by 5:15pm. Park at CHS…and remember that you cannot bring personal belongings with you on the bus to the stadium. If you want to have a change of clothes or other items for the grad night party (after graduation), you will need to have a friend or family member deliver these to you after the graduation ceremony.

o   What should the students wear under their cap and gown?

§  While it might be humorous to do otherwise, please wear clothes. That is a starting point.

§  If it rains (it won’t) or if you get warm and get a bit sweaty, the color from your gown might stain the clothes you are wearing underneath, so consider clothes of a similar color or clothes that you will not be devastated if there is some color transfer.

o   What can students bring with them on the bus to the ceremony?

§  Silly string is not as silly as you think—it’s been done and is a cliché.

§  Beach balls or other inflatables will get confiscated quickly by cranky teachers, and eventually all end up Tom Brady’d.

§  Always having your earbuds in has already destroyed your hearing, so no air horns please.

§  Just bring yourself. Enjoy the moment and don’t let yourself get distracted by the stupid toys J.

o   What if I want to change clothes after the ceremony?

§  From above: “If you want to have a change of clothes or other items for the grad night party (after graduation), you will need to have a friend or family member deliver these to you after the graduation ceremony.”

o   All of your other questions will be answered at the two MANDATORY graduation practices listed above.

 

Parents/Family/Friends with tickets: Gates at Doc Harris open at 5:45pm.

(Note: though It means hanging out in the stadium for 90 minutes, I strongly encourage ticketed family and guests to arrive before the gates open for non-ticketed guests.)

Parents/Family/Friends without tickets: General Admission entry starts at 6:45pm.

CEREMONY STARTS AT 7:15pm and the weather will be sunny and beautiful, probably warm and a touch sweaty.

Weds. 3 June 2015

Today: Review… Big Idea #2. If you are out on an excused absence, click through the prezi below and locate the writing prompt. Submit your response to this prompt on paper or via email no later than this Friday.

Tues. 2 June 2015

Today: Review… Big Idea #1. If you are out on an excused absence, you must click through the prezi below and write a response to the reflective prompt at the end. Submit that reflection on paper or via email by the end of the week.

Senior Boards Information

Due to a death in the family, I will be (most likely) absent on Monday, June 1st. Not ideal, considering that you all begin scheduled boards presentations the next day, so I apologize for this but appreciate your understanding.

You will need to access this link at the end of the period on Monday.

Here are the details you need:

  1. KNOW WHEN YOU GO. Below is the chart with the most recently updated date, time, and location for your presentations.
  2. VISIT YOUR ROOM A DAY OR TWO BEFORE YOU GO. Take a look around, make sure you know how to work the technology you will need. The teachers in those rooms will expect seniors to be dropping by. Do this after school only.
  3. DRESS FOR SUCCESS. Treat this like a job interview for your dream career.
  4. HAVE A PLAN "B." The easiest Plan "B" is to have a printout of your visual just in case…
  5. KNOW THE PROCEDURE FOR THE DAY OF. On your scheduled day, check in at the Career Center at least 20 minutes before your scheduled start time (30 minutes is better!)
  6. COME TO SCHOOL. You are scheduled to attend all six classes each day (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) with first period starting at 10:25am (be here by 10:15am). Absences will count against your total AND you will be obligated to make up any work you miss (don't skip).
  7. RELAX and DO YOUR BEST. If you prepared, practiced, and are presenting honest work, you'll be fine.

Schedule:

Thurs. and Fri. 28-29 May 2015

For our last days before Senior Boards, you'll be practicing (again and again and again!) in groups of 3 or 4. The more you practice, the more comfortable you will be when it is time to present!

If you are absent Thursday or Friday, you MUST practice in front of at least two other people and record ten items of feedback OR video record yourself (and watch the video) the document ten noticings, both positive and negative, about your performance.

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