SPIRIT WEEK December 16-20
MONDAY: Winter White out -- wear all white
TUESSDAY: Ugly Holiday Sweater Day. Find or make your ugly holiday sweater and impress your friends!
WEDNESDAY: Winter Gear Wednesday -- dress like you're headed for the snow!
THURSDAY: Holiday Accessory Thursday -- find your Santa hats, reindeer
ears, holiday necklaces or earrings, etc. Deck out in any Holiday
attire!FRIDAY: Flannel Friday -- Be Comfy and wear your flannel shirts -- no flannel pj pants though because it's against school rules.
ATTENTION TO ALL STUDENTS WHO TOOK THE PSAT:
your parents are invited to PSAT Night, which will be held on Tuesday, January
14, 2014 at 6 pm in the Pavilion. You will receive your test scores as well as
your original test booklet. Guest speaker Paul Kanarek of the Princeton Review
will provide an interpretation of your scores, discuss the differences between
the SAT and ACT, review a testing timeline, and highlight what colleges are
GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship
Program: For "roughly 20 college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with $10,000 renewable scholarships up to $40,000 total per recipient."
Visit the website: www.reagan foundation.org/scholarships. Deadline: January 9, 2014California Casualty is seeking grant requests. for their Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program with a $100,000 pool of funding. Grant applications received through January 15, 2014 will be considered for the next award of grants. Guidelines and application forms can be found at www.calcasathleticsgrant.com.
The Visions of Unity contest was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, whose birthday comes on or near the contest’s deadline every year. Now in its 14th year, the contest continues to engage youth, their families, community leaders, education providers, sponsors, and donors in the power of artistic expression to cross cultural boundaries and forge new bonds as members of one human family.
Visions of Unity Art and Literature Contest: Deadline is January 24, 2014. Click here for more information. __________
ESSAY CONTEST TOPIC:
In his Fox News hour, "Myths, Lies, and Complete Stupidity," John
Stossel takes a critical look at food regulations designed to encourage
people to make healthier food choices. Should it be government's job to
try to keep people healthy? Why or why not? Please write a 500-1000 word
essay on this topic. You must include at least one reference from John
Stossel's "Myths, Lies, and Complete Stupidity" TV special or his recent
book, No They Can't.
• 125 students will receive CASH PRIZES totaling $15,500.
• 1st and 2nd place students will also win an all-expense-paid trip to New York City for themselves, a chaperone, and the teachers who submitted their essays to see a live taping of STOSSEL.
Deadlines for submissions: February 14th. For more information, click here.
DO YOU NEED A TUTOR? The library has tutors that are WHS students. Ask for Loren Lee or Chuck Driesler -- both former students of mine!
WELCOME TO MRS. ELWOOD'S WEBSITE!!
Parents -- Please email me, so I can put your email address in my address book. Send me the following:Here are some suggestions for a successful year!!
Your formal name, including your preferred title:
Your student's legal first and last name
Student's grade AND class period
Please save this address to your favorites. Everything we are doing and that is due is listed on the Daily Agenda. Double check the agenda before emailing a question to me. Depending on the universality of the question, I may make an adjustment to the daily agenda.
Absent students need to check the agenda, so they know what to bring to next class. Students must check the agenda before returning, so they can ask for clarifications and/or handouts upon return. I do not want to hear: "Did we do anything yesterday?" If possible, students should do the work.
Although Parent Connect is useful, the Daily Agenda should be read regularly. Parent Connect only tells parents that there is a problem after the fact. Frontload support and follow the daily agenda.
1. PARENT LETTERS: Read them; don't just sign them. If there is a website, find it, save it, and review it regularly.
2. FORGETTING THINGS: Put a white board on your child's door to record all reminders. Reminders should be crossed off (not erased). Erase the board the next day or as needed. Students need to see the crossed off items to remember they completed those tasks. Parents can also add reminders and occasional words of encouragement. As always, parents must participate in this process (especially at first) to ensure success.
3. PACKING UP WORK: Backpacks should be packed the night before. Reference the white board list during this process, so that your student can review the white board in the morning and feel confident that nothing was forgotten. Train your student not to cross off any item until the task is done and also to cross things off immediately when finished with each task. Put the desk near the white board for added convenience.
4. GETTING PARENT NOTES SIGNED: If you work late and therefore occasionally do not see your student for a night, have him/her tape papers that need your signature to the bathroom mirror. Store pens in a drawer. After signing the paper, tape it back up. Tape occasional notes of encouragement to the mirror, too.
5. A POOR START: Do not ignore a slow or poor start. Initial low grades could lead to a situation that is impossible to salvage. Grades fluctuate quite a lot initially but when there are many points in the grading period, grade movement is slow. In most situations, students with a D or an F are simply not doing all their work.
6. HOMEWORK OVERLOAD: If you think your student has too much homework, consider that sometimes students struggle because they procrastinate. Sit down with your student and decide how long it will likely take to do each item of work and then set a timer. The student will no longer have the luxury of a 20 minute worry-fest. Wasting time fretting simply drags out homework misery. The timer can be eliminated after the student masters the ability to jump in and get work done. It is also a good idea to do the work for the hardest or least favorite class first.
7. PANIC-PROOF FINALS: If your student panics during finals week, consider scheduling two weeks of study time on a calendar one month before finals week. Assign time to specific subjects and schedule in down time as well. Allow your student to be part of this process. Scheduling study time also helps students prepare psychologically for the time commitment. Feeling prepared does wonders for stress relief and academic success.
8. A STUDY TECHNIQUE: Many techniques are helpful, but the use of flashcards is probably overall the best. Terminology and vocabulary should be put on flashcards as soon as they are introduced. Because the brain stores information differently depending upon the method of input, students should go over flashcards frequently but for short periods of time.
Click here for interesting acronyms and abbreviations explained!!
Click here for help with spelling. He's so fun; notice, however, that he does not put his periods inside of his quotation marks. That does not make him wrong. His method is simply not MLA format.
Thanks for the two above links, Rishita!
NEW: Please click on "Reading" or "Links" to find the CA Department of Education's tool for suggested reading material per grade level groupings.
If you have a smartphone or another type of phone that has a tracking component, you may be at risk. Click on the link to see a startling ABC News clip. Click here. Pass the word!!
The counseling office does not have access to your eTUSD password or user information. They can, however, help you with ParentConnect and Naviance accounts.
1) Lost books are brought to the library and the attendance office. Check frequently, since you will not know when a lost book may be turned in. If your book is covered, the library staff will keep it at the front counter for at least a week or more.
2) Do NOT store papers and pencils inside your textbooks. This breaks the binding.
3) If your book covers are falling apart, or if you still haven't covered all of your books, the library has covers for 25 cents. You can also use a paper bag or some other type of sturdy paper. The library staff will show you how to cover your books if you need help.
The Library Webpage is available by clicking here.
You can also access this site through "my courses" on eTUSD or on the West High home page with the brown tab on the right.