I Saw You Reading

February 27, 2017
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Reflection on the Job Shadow Experience

Thanks, again, to the members of the Smyrna Rotary for hosting our students February 9th for a Job Shadow experience. Many of those who participated returned to their home schools the next day, but those who remain have given quick testimonies about their experiences. Click on the pictures below to hear what each student did/learned:

February 1, 2017
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We Won!!! First Place!!!

Our video won first place in the National Alternative Education Association’s video contest!!!  Thank you to all the students who helped make it happen:  Javarius L., Cora L., Sabrina P., Jackson G., Carley S., Elijah E., Jayla J., Kelli-Marie M., Ross K., and  Triston A.

Here is the “blooper reel” to see some of the hard work that went into the making of the short video above:

 

 

January 17, 2017
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Tech Minute: Google Translate

You never know when you might need to speak another language—-especially those of you going off to college this fall.  You, too, might need to order takeout using a different language.  Watch this video to see how easy it is speak another language…and end up with a delicious meal.

December 31, 2016
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Fresh Start

I know!  It’s so crazy hard to get back into school after a nice holiday break.  You’ve been sleeping late, eating mostly chips or candy, and wearing your pajamas more often than not.  I’ll give you one day of hazy, zombie-ish  behavior (I may do the same).  One day.  But that’s it.  We’ve got to get busy with the rest of our lives and the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to do so.  It’s time to make your resolutions, choose your focus words, decorate your vision board, and visualize what you are going to make of your life.  You’ve memorized what we say each morning after the announcements: “Make it a great day!”  Remember that you–only you–have the power to make it a great day.  Same goes for your life.  Don’t let other people define you or dictate your mood.  Each day focus on what YOU need to do to reach your goals.  You can do this!

 

#youmatter #youdeservetobehappy

December 7, 2016
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Never Doubt

My second period class has worked so hard on their entry for the NAEA Video Competition.  Projects are such a great way for students to practice essential skills (that aren’t tested): listening, speaking, thinking, planning, collaborating, writing, creating, reflecting, editing, re-thinking, redoing, cooperating, leading, and encouraging.  The list goes on.  They’ve amazed me with the way they’ve utilized and developed individual talents while encouraging one another to step out of individual comfort zones.  While the final product may not win a prize (although there is a TON of pressure on these kids to win because I have a record to uphold), the process has been a joy to watch.  Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  Students, you should never doubt your abilities.  Ever!  You can accomplish great things if you continue to work together with new friends and old. You matter!

Please enjoy a few of our outtakes and bloopers here.  And stay tuned for the final product!

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