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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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  • Rocket Report

    Posted by Margo Whisman on 3/9/2020

    Love Blue Live Gold

    Rocket Pride ... Culture of Excellence ...

    Tomorrow we begin personalized scheduling with Rockets in our advisories. It’s hard for me to believe that there was a time not so long ago that we mass scheduled students after a rushed presentation of information. Is there any wonder why many Rockets felt like school was being done to them? Breaking the mold can be messy and even scary, but when I think about how far we've come with personalized learning at SCHS I can’t be anything but inspired. Next year our master schedule is shifting to six yearlong classes, but our continued goal is to personalize the high school experience with the hope of tapping into student curiosity, dreams, and aspirations. Some of our students make this very difficult because they lack the attitude factor or the belief that work is more important than luck. Still, we refuse to give in and continue to hold all students to high expectations. For more information on ways to engage the less than motivated student, Bryan Goodwin's 2016 article Flip the Script on Fate Control is still relevant. Be assured, we will continue to make amazing things happen for our students!

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  • Rocket Report

    Posted by Margo Whisman on 9/30/2018

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    Love Blue Live Gold

    Rocket Pride ... Culture of Excellence

     

    Breaking With Tradition (ch. 7) talks about the eight steps to successful change management. Where are you in the process of reimagining SCHS?

    The stage is set and the SLP is our guide.

    I'm committed to making long-lasting changes.

    I'm going to push harder and faster with resilience and determination.

    What do you need to be successful, to be a change agent, to be a go getter, to lead the way, to build a school where deep learning is transferred and applied across content areas.

    I value your expertise and your input.

    I expect you to be a positive influence in the future of SCHS.

    Are you ready?

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  • Rockets Love Blue and Live Gold All Weekend!

    Posted by Margo Whisman on 8/20/2018

    Rocket Pride Friday's first ever "Back to School Bash Tailgate" will celebrate student involvement, student clubs, school pride, and community support @ 5:30 in the parking lot between JROTC & the Wendy Phillips Nature Center.

    Rocket fans will be out in full force at Robert Doyle Stadium to see the Rockets kick off at 7:30pm and cheer them to victory in their home opener.

    The halftime highlight will be when the SCHS Hall of Fame inductees are recognized on the field. Make your way into the end zone during the game to hear some stories of years past.

    The SCHS Hall of Fame, Class of 2018 will be memorialized and honored Saturday night in Mike Casey Gymnasium!

    All weekend, Rockets new and old, from near and far will come together to create memories, to connect, to celebrate, to share stories, to laugh together and maybe even shed a tear or two. I am forever thankful that I get to go to “work” @ SCHS and help create positive experiences for our students. Together we foster Rocket Pride and a Culture of Excellence! Together we Love Blue and Live Gold!

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  • Transforming SCHS

    Posted by Margo Whisman on 3/9/2018

    Be brave

    Every few decades or so, a paradigm shift has the potential to occur.  Most of the time, these potential shifts do not fully manifest – usually because there are no schools or districts innovative and brave enough to provide a concrete manifestation of the change in its purest form.  -Robert J. Marzano

    Last week I visited two districts successfully challenging the age-old industrial education model.  Envision is a 7-12 tuition free public charter with a 78% F/R population.  It has a decade of experience implementing project-based learning, performance assessments, rigorous academic work, and defenses of learning as rite of passage to graduation.  Lindsay Unified is a K-12 public district with a 90% F/R population.  It has a decade of experience shifting from the one-size-fits-all pace to where learners progress when they have demonstrated mastery and aren’t bound by time or age.  In both places, I heard about & saw many things that looked and felt like SCHS.  What moved me was the “all-in” aspect that permeated both visits.  There was a conviction to break the traditional model that screamed it was not only worth the risk, but imperative for student success.  I returned to KY inspired to push the envelope even farther because I know that SCHS is ready and capable.  I am anxious because risk is scary, but I remain dedicated to redesigning the high school experience.  I encourage every one of you to be brave, take a chance, and fail forward with me as we embark on the next leg of this journey into the great unknown.  The time has come for us to be all-in and fully innovate.  #LoveBLUELiveGOLD

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  • Welcome 2018!

    Posted by Margo Whisman on 1/2/2018

    New Year 2018

    January 1st brings with it excitement and anticipation for the opportunities that are ours to claim.  As we begin to fill the blank pages of 2018, know that SCHS is 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 opportunities, at road blocks we will create alternate routes, with mistakes we will discover learning, and through rough terrain we will build perserverance.

    I am thankful to be on this journey with students, staff, parents and community.  I cannot wait to highlight how Shelby County Rockets are achieving at high levels, personalizing their learning experiences, and successfully doing high school differently!  #LoveBLUELiveGOLD

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  • Student Centered Learning

    Posted by Margo Whisman on 9/25/2017

    Student Centered Learning

    Student centered learning is happening at SCHS and it begins with the teachers.  The goal is for students to own their learning, but it is our responsibility to make sure they understand exactly what (standards/skills/learning targets) they need to know and specifically what constitutes proficiency/mastery.  Our next charge is to innovate the daily learning target to meet each student where they are AND drive them to the next step of deeper purposeful learning.  

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