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  • September 2020

    Posted by Margo Whisman on 9/8/2020

    Next Step

    Love BLUE ... Live GOLD ...

    Rocket Pride ... Culture of Excellence ...

     

    ROCKETS! Congratulations on a great start to a very different year. We are 8 days into creating the positive habits required to successfully implement NTI, by engaging students with structures, procedures, and lessons that allow learning to flourish from the home or the classroom! This NTI time allows us the opportunity to train students, parents, and ourselves for intermittent times of NTI due to quarantine. It will be quite sometime before school returns to what we remember as "normal" so let's capitalize on the next 14 days to make sure everyone (staff & student) knows how to continue learning if they have to isolate at home and return seamlessly back to face-to-face learning. Stay the path and finish strong with the plans you have built! You are amazing!

     

    NEXT STEP ... While we need to finish creating positive NTI learning habits for our students, we need to start preparing for our @School students returning. We will utilize this week's planning time to set up grade books in Infinite Campus to reflect mastery learning and report course grades. Next week we will set up classrooms following the newest Healthy @ School guidelines. Please let your students know NOW that masks will be required at all times during the day. Eating lunch and breakfast is the only exception. Reassure them that the day & the experience will be more structured but we will all be here together! We will make the most of this new situation as a Rocket Family! Thanks - mw

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  • Welcome 20-21 School Year

    Posted by Margo Whisman on 8/23/2020

    New Year 2018

    Words of Whisman

    Love BLUE Live GOLD

    Rocket Pride ... Culture of Excellence ...

     

    Rockets, happy first week of school! This is my 25th start to a school year and it is unique, to say the least. The beginning of school is always an exciting time and although this one is very different, there are many things that remain the same. This week's three school days are our chance to transition students back to structure, even in an NTI setting. We can start connecting with our students, set expectations, and outline our procedures & routines for NTI learning. We know that strong structures will ease the worried minds of our students and families as we enter this different looking school year.

     

    This is my opportunity to remind everyone where SCHS is headed, why we are on this journey, and how we plan to live out our vision of inspired learning, leading, and living. The purpose of our business is to add daily value (academic, behavior, emotional, and/or social) to every Rocket. The high school goal is for all Rockets to graduate life (college and/or career) ready. Our annual goal is to show growth through MAP and ACT assessments. The mission is to prepare wise students who master standards, lead by example, and embrace social responsibility. The path to success is one where all students are highly engaged with deeper learning experiences, littered with project-based learning, performance-based assessments, and authentic audiences.

     

    A new year brings with it excitement and anticipation for the possibilities that are ours to claim. As we begin to navigate the uncharted waters of 20-21, know that SCHS remains committed to personalization, innovation, and excellence. We will continue to take risks, re-think, re-structure, re-vamp, and re-design the ultimate high school experience for SCHS Rockets.

    In challenges we will find opportunity, at roadblocks we will create alternate routes, with mistakes we will discover learning, and through rough terrain, we will build perseverance. We will choose compassion first and content second during this unique time.

     

    I am thankful to be on this journey with you, our students and our families. Shelby County Rockets will continue to achieve at high levels, personalize their learning experiences, and successfully do high school differently! This school year offers new opportunities to show the world Why It's Great to be a Rocket!

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  • Be strong

    Posted by Margo Whisman on 3/15/2020

    be strong

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  • Rocket Report 3-16

    Posted by Margo Whisman on 3/15/2020

    Love Blue Live Gold

    Rocket Pride ... Culture of Excellence ...

     

    The winter of 1978 closed schools for more than a month. Ask anyone who was a student then and they will remember leaving for Christmas break and not returning until sometime in February. If they are like me, I don't remember the day to day regularities, but I do remember all of the real-life learning that occurred. I remember learning through exploration and play. We played outside, we cooked, we played board games and card games and made up our own games. We found ways to foster creativity with music, paper, crayons and even items from nature. We read; we read the funny papers, readers digest, and books that we had at home. We made up stories and read those to each other too. We took care of pets, we walked, we explored, we gathered firewood and learned how to make a fire. We figured out how to entertain ourselves through discovery and we learned how to be okay with being bored. It might have been a scary time for adults with food and money, but I only remember that my family was safe and the unusual experience was memorable. We never stopped making the most of every day. Perhaps that is where I developed the desire to find the positive and add daily value no matter what the situation.

     

    I hope in this uncertain time that we support each other and continue to grow. We are in this together and will make it to the other side. We now have the ability to stay connected digitally and we still have access to all of those old school board games, card games, and outside learning experiences. Most importantly, be kind, be supportive, and reach out if you need anything. We are here and all in this together!

     

    Whisman's Week-At-A-Glance

    Virtually available via e-mail @ margo.whisman@shelby.kyschools.us AND via phone @ 502/529-2206

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  • Courage

    Posted by Margo Whisman on 3/15/2020

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  • What we Do and are working to Be

    Posted by Margo Whisman on 3/15/2020

    Love Blue Live Gold

    Rocket Pride ... Culture of Excellence ...

    What we DO: Add daily value to Rocket students - academically, socially, emotionally, and/or behaviorally.

    What we are working to BE: An innovative high school experience where students engage in deeper learning, demonstrate understanding, and strive for a level of excellence.

    The Celebration: Because of what we do AND what we are becoming, our students will have an amazing high school experience AND be ready for the next leg of their life’s journey.

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