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Message from the Principals 1/12/2024

Good morning Hope Community!

Today's Topics:

1:  Important Reminders

2:  Learning Highlight - 

3:  Curriculum Focus - Recording Activities

4:  House Points

5:  Photos!!!


1:  Important Reminders

  • Jan 15 - MLK Jr. Day (NO SCHOOL)

  • Jan 22 - Clubs Start

  • Feb 12 - Open School

  • Feb 19 - Presidents Day (NO SCHOOL)

  • Mar 15 - Hope Family Day (School Event, with regular school hours.  More information to come shortly!)

  • Mar 22 - Student-Lead Parent/Teacher Conferences - NO CLASSES (More information to come shortly!)

  • Mar 22 - Parent Workshop: Hope High School Program / College and Careers Guidance (More information to come)


2. Learning Highlight - High School History

We would like to highlight both World History classes (9/10 and 11/12) for their contributions to our recent seminar lessons on the subjects of Japanese democracy and Indian farmer protests. They had to analyze an article and generate talking points from it. We then engaged in a college-style seminar class, where we discussed both the contents of the article but also the 6C key skills we were refining as we went along - most notably critical thinking. It was refreshing to have a discussion-based class and we would like to also highlight the maturity of both classes - they took the task seriously and were able to make real connections to their learning and their future projects. Well done HS Historians!


3:  Curriculum Focus - Recording Activities

In the curriculum Focus section of the blog on Dec 15th, we explored the mini-cycle of Research, Record, Reflect that takes place multiple times over every IPC and IMYC unit, with a focus on how the students at Hope approach the research elements of a task.


This week we’re exploring the second stage in this mini-cycle: Recording tasks. Once the students have conducted their research on a particular topic, they need to find a way to digest and share the research. During the recording activities, students think about, process, and interpret the learning they have researched. Teachers promote choice and challenge when supporting learners with Recording tasks as well as providing opportunities for learners to further develop their strengths and interests.


Recording tasks can be expressed through a range of different mediums - written reports, posters, presentations, videos, news reports, cartoons, artwork, projects, and more. The Recording tasks allow the students to process all of their research and develop new skills in sharing information.


4: House Points

Dragon: 3729 ➜ 4040

Phoenix: 3718 ➜ 3990

Basilisk: 3327➜ 3564

Hydra: 2993 ➜ 3261


5: Photos of the week!


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