As we begin a new year of learning on the Ledge, I am pleased to share a little information about our instructional goals for the year. One of these goals in our high school is directly related to how we best leverage and use the 80 minutes of instruction, four times daily, that comprises our block schedule. During each 80 minute class block/period, our faculty is committed to implementing best practices of instruction characterized as “visible learning.” In a nutshell, visible learning occurs when teachers see learning through the eyes of their students, and when students are empowered to see themselves as teachers also. Our collective goal this year is to ensure that the following elements of learning are evident – made “visible” – during each and every class:
- Daily learning objectives/goals are expressly stated and posted
- Students and teachers make active intentional connections to prior knowledge, recapping previous lessons learned
- New instruction is differentiated to meet diverse learning styles and needs of all students
- Effective pacing keeps the lesson advancing forward
- Teachers effectively monitor and assess student understanding as the lesson evolves
- Physical movement is designed to compliment learning objectives and create positive engagement
- Time is budgeted for students and teacher to reflect on lessons offer feedback
- Students shall demonstrate learning through exit tickets to close each class session
Late And Missing School Work
Included in the 2021-22 Curriculum Guide 2021-2022 High School Curriculum Guide are course descriptions, but also key SMSA and Archdiocesan academic policies. The Late and Missing Work policy can be found on page 10. During student orientation, the administration reviewed this important schoolwide policy with all students:
Late and/or Missing School Work: Informed by the Ledger Way core values of respect, responsibility and community, all SMSA teachers and students abide by the same norm for late and missing school work. Missing work is not only disruptive to the student, but also to the learning of other students, the efforts of teachers and the overall learning process. When a medical excuse or other valid extenuating circumstances are verified, exceptions may be granted. As a standard practice, however, students and parents should be advised of the following SMSA norm:
- Assignments submitted one calendar day late shall be accepted, but may earn only 95% of full grade potential.
- Assignments submitted up to 3 calendar days late shall be accepted, but may earn only 90% of full grade potential.
- Assignments submitted 4-7 calendar days late shall be accepted, but may earn only 80% of full grade potential.
- Assignments submitted after 8 calendar days late shall not be accepted, and will be recorded as a “zero” grade.
Our Lady of the Ledge, pray for us!
Principal, High School