Chinese colleagues visit NAHS

Today we were lucky enough to host a small group of teachers from Beijing No. 35 High School.  Their trip was arranged by our partners at The Confucius Institute at Bryant University.  Special thanks to Geoff Burgess, Catherine Marcotte, Don Johnson, Jack Johnson, Alan Senecal, Erin McDavitt, Deirdre Healey, Laurie Henderson, Andrew Ferguson, Allison Jewell, Jen O’Brien, Carrie Rushlow, Alex Hatzberger,  Jeremy Thornton, Diane McKamy and Yvonne Levesque.

Agenda for Teachers from Beijing High School #35 visit to NAHS

Team 1: 1 Math  & 3 Science Teachers  (Mr. Burgess & Mrs. Marcotte Leaders)

Team 2:  6 English Teachers (Mr. Scozzaro Team Leader)

Team 3: 1 Geography & 3 Chinese Teachers (Mr. Don Johnson & Mr. Jack Johnson Leaders)

Day One:  Tuesday 1/21/14

7:30  Arrival & Welcome

7:35—7:45  Auditorium:  NAHS Movie

7:45—8:00 Brief Tour:  Gym, Main Office, Guidance, Cafeteria—Meet team leaders

8:05—8:42  Observation of period 2 classes (Team 1 to visit Science class; Team 2 to visit Spanish II class; Team 3 to visit English class)

8:46—9:23 Observation of period 3 classes (Team 1 to visit Math class; 1 team to visit French 2 class; Team 3 to visit History class)

*9:23—9:30 Coffee Break in café

9:30—10:08 Walkthroughs of period 4 classes (brief visits to a variety of classrooms) (Mr. Johnson & Mr. Burgess)

*10:12—10:49  Library: Question & Answer session with teachers, Department Heads, counselors, & students

11:00—11:15 Visit music room to observe rehearsals

*11:25—12:05 Lunch in the cafeteria with teachers and students

12:15 Departure  

Our colleagues from Beijing #35 High School were very impressed with the level of engagement, the curiosity, and the enthusiasm of all the students they observed in their visits to classrooms.  They were also in awe of discipline and the commitment to the creative process that they saw in Mr. Couture’s Concert Choir and Mr. Rizzo’s Symphonic Band.  In their discussions with teachers here, our visitors took note of just how heavy a full-time teaching load is here,  as well our inclusive approach to teaching all students.

If you would like an opportunity to meet our visitors, they will be returning on Thursday. Teachers and staff are welcome to attend any of the events on the agenda:

Day Two: Thursday, 1/23/14

9:00  Arrival & Greeting (Mr. Holcomb)

*9:15—10:00  Library: Presentations by Department/Discipline (North teachers present to visitors on HS curriculum & teaching & learning by discipline)

*10:00-10:30 Presentation by visiting teachers about High School #35

*10:30—10:45 Round table discussion (visitors , leadership team, & teachers)

*11:15—12:15 Lunch w Faculty & Staff offered by PTO in Teacher room

12:15 Departure

*All Teachers are invited to attend & participate

We are very proud of our teachers and our students here at North and grateful for the school culture that they help create!

In our discussions, Mr. Huang from Beijing HS #35 expressed an interest in building a relationship with North Attleboro High that would allow for eventual exchanges that would give students and teachers from North a chance to study/teach at Beijing HS #35.  We are grateful for our relationship with the Confucius classroom at Bryant University!

Mr. Kongli Liu, Mr. Peng Huang, Mr. Holcomb & Mr. Scozzaro
Mr. Kongli Liu, Mr. Peng Huang, Mr. Holcomb & Mr. Scozzaro

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Twitter Mea Culpa

About a month ago, I wrote a post called “School-Family Partnership” in which I invited parents to take a survey to help me organize workshops that would help parents get set up using Twitter.

Many parents completed the survey within a few days of my email.  I thought I would give ample time for others to take the survey and then I planned on scheduling the workshops to take place in January.

What I didn’t plan for was how busy I would be in January!  As a first-year Assistant Principal, I’m learning a lot about prioritizing and time management!

So My first order of business is to apologize to the parents who responded to my first email and to let you know that I have not forgotten about you!

January has been a crazy month, so I have not been able to organize and offer the workshops as I had planned.  I’m going to do my best to plan at least one workshop in February, once the new term begins and things quiet down a bit.  Right now, I have no dates in mind.

A few of the respondents to the survey asked for a Twitter Beginner’s Guide to help get started.  I have chosen this beginner’s guide for its depth & breadth of information coupled with its ease to use.  I think parents will find it useful and even though it is geared towards educators, it is still relevant to parents, especially those looking to connect with their school and their kids’ teachers.

Please read the guide, follow the instructions, and get yourself set up on Twitter.  Once you do, follow me @JoeSco77 as well as our school’s Twitter feed, @NorthHigh1.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or tweet me directly.  I will be in touch soon once I organize the workshop.

Good luck and see you on Twitter.