Just like the real Community Room at PL, this is a place where people can go to see what's happening at the school, post new information or requests for help, and comment on what other people have posted.
Thanks for the great discussion last night! It was clear that there was more to say that we didn't have time for, so I'm starting this thread as a way to continue the conversation. The main item we didn't really discuss at all was whether we want to hire a 4/10 Jr. High English teacher (freeing Liam to do science with kids below Jr. High), which would increase tuition by $300. If we go with the sliding scale, it would increase from $13,000-15,000 to $13,300-$15,300. Liam is willing to continue teach literature next year, but feels the Jr. High kids would be better served by a trained English teacher.
The Junior High will be reading Jurassic Park in the near future and I was hoping some of you have copies we can use. I'd rather not buy new copies if we have a few collecting dust on a shelf somewhere. Feel free to drop them off in the main office or in my room, and be sure to include your name so we can return it when we're finished.
Several people requested some background information about the meetings, reviews and recommendations to the community that were made over the last several years regarding our administrative structure and current staffing. I am attaching several documents here that represent part of a almost two year long process of trying to sort out the adminstrative roles and functions. It was clear to me during and after this process that we, as a community, needed to not just make lists, or make recommendations but really ned to make CHANGES to the administrative team.
PLEASE EMAIL OR CALL ME...THANKS!
Does anyone know of a source for used tennis balls? Lisa's Group could use many to replace missing ones on the legs of chairs and stools in her room. Please contact Lisa if you can help with this request! Thanks so much!
September 5, 2012
Dear Junior High families & the PLS community,
It’s been quite a transitional summer for the Junior High at PLS, but I’m ready for the school year to start! As many of you realize, my responsibilities have shifted to include teaching literature as well as science. I’ll also be the official Group teacher with support from Liz and Joan. Due to these added responsibilities, I will no longer be teaching the lower and middle groups science. I’m very excited for the opportunity to work solely with the Junior High students in creating an integrated, challenging and fun curriculum. I’ve been working with Jessie and my other resources to help me prepare the literature program and I wanted to share a few thoughts before the school year begins.
We are on the search for any working laptops that are wireless ready. We were fortunate to upgrade our machines for the Junior High and Lisa's Group last year with brand new Chromebooks. Our next step is to upgrade the machines in Jane and Aubrey's classroom.
Keep your ears open, thanks!
Does anyone have Keens they'd like to sell me? Looking for Youth Size 1 for Sammy and Youth Size 5 for Cloe
Rather reuse than buy new if I luck out!
Elya has misplaced a library book (Hazel, by Julie Hearn). If anyone has seen it, will you let me know?
The day has arrived, the 8th grade is all ready and we head off to Seattle in the morning! We'll return with wonderful stories of Project Learn in the Pacific Northwest. Bon Voyage!
As we come up on the aceptance letter time, I firstly want to congradulate all the eigth graders for getting in to CAPA and I wish you all good luck on geting into the schools of your choice! Oh! and I hope you all have fun on your trip to Seattle!
Also... An SLA student is trying to get sent to space by Metro (the newspaper) He is now 2nd in the country. If you guys vote he could win. All you need to do is vote HERE, thanks!
Come join the newly formed Junior High Trip Committee! We will be meeting at Earth Bread & Brewery on Tuesday, February 28th at 6pm to discuss the sustainability of the Junior High Trip and need your help.
This committee formed in response to our discussion at the previous town meeting. We have some initial ideas, but need more input to help us figure out how to sustain this wonderful program for our students and our school.
Please RSVP with Liam (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you're planning to attend as we will need to reserve a table at the restaurant. Cheers!
I wanted to share a few summer opportunities that seem like a great opportunity for some of our Junior High students.
This past weekend, Cart Reed and I presented at an annual educational technology conference hosted at Science Leadership Academy known as EduCon.
Our presentation was focused on our use of the Google Chromebooks (new lap tops) with the Junior High. Not many schools in the country are using this specific type of technology, but the trend is leaning in our direction. It's always a pleasure to share the story of our school, and I'm happy to report our wonderful leap forward in technology as we instituted the use of the chromebooks. Many thanks to Cart for arranging our position as presenters.
Bring your best poker face and have fun for a great cause! Project Learn is hosting a Texas Hold 'Em Tournament on Saturday - April 28, 2012! Cost is $60 to play / $20 general admission. Payment can be accepted on line by clicking on DONATE and selecting Other in the donation category. Then simply enter TEXAS HOLD 'EM in the field available. See you there!
Hey- anyone want to swap puzzles? We are bored of ours and would take good car of yours if you'd like to trade for a month or so?
here's what we have to offer:
24 piece super sized floor puzzle: barnyard scene (age 2+)