Check out our new school website http://www.aeacms.org. Recent news items include results of our student mock elections!
Thanks to the strong organizational skills of our English teacher Ms. Kieffer we hosted a successful high school informational night this week. The event was a chance for our current middle schoolers to learn about local high school options. Present were representatives from the district Enrollment Options office as well as a variety of charter and traditional high schools.
Heading into a Southern California weekend that promises to be a sweltering one, if you are stuck indoors in air conditioning you might spend some time exploring David McCandless’ work. A designer specializing in making data sets visibly understandable, McCandless helps challenge our assumptions and separate objective truth from rumor. In our school setting, I know this is something teachers wrestle with each day, especially in student writing. While we have an overabundance of information, the skills and ability to understand and use this information are another thing altogether. In the spirit of election season, below is the author’s visual representation of partisan differences in government. Watch McCandless at TED.
Thanks to all AEACMS parents who attended our September Parent University session taught by Frau Paulsen and Mrs. Julius. The workshop focused on how to use our online gradebook and content management system ManageBac. For those who were not able to attend or would like more information, here is the presentation slideshow. Our goal in using this online system is to increase transparency in grading and assessment, improve communication within our community, and empower families in supporting our students’ academic achievement. For specific questions regarding the system contact Frau Paulsen firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently I took part in a fruitful discussion on student safety at our monthly middle school parent committee meeting. I talked about the Just Yell Fire program, and the fact that several of our team members (including myself) have been trained to lead sessions with teens and adults. JYF is a nationally-recognized program committed to combating violence against young women. The JYF training was generously sponsored by San Diego’s own Southbay Volkswagen.
At our parent meeting I distributed DVDs of the program (these can also be downloaded free of charge at the JYF website.) We are planning to roll out a voluntary JYF training session for women within our community soon. Stay tuned.