Hello Advisory Families -
The launch of our "Pick Me Up Pantry" has been well received with much appreciation! Thank you to all who have been able to contribute. What has been unexpected and perhaps even more heartwarming is seeing how proud the students in our Advisory are to be offering this to our community. I think in just the few days we have had it set up and have been getting out the word, it has made us a little closer as a group. And now thanks to Trenton, we even have an Advisory handshake!
I do believe that the positivity is contagious! :)
Have a wonderful weekend,
Hello Advisees & Families –
Just a reminder to be reading the Wolf Weekly updates sent electronically on Thursdays. If you are not on that distribution list, please contact Angela Borjon in the front office at (907) 742-8714 or Borjon_Angela@asdk12.org. I would also encourage you to bookmark the Polaris website for the most current information. The calendar is updated weekly and provides a wealth of information about what is happening in our school community.
In Advisory, we are starting to prepare early for our Student-Led Conferences in April. Seeing as we are nearly to the end of February, it will be here before we know it!
To begin, we are borrowing from some theories on effective organizational leadership and will develop personal vision statements. You can assist in this process by engaging your child in conversations around the following prompts:
VISION – Your vision should be a simple picture of a desirable future; distant objectives that are challenging but realistic; an attainable future grounded in your present reality. Your vision should be focused enough to guide your decisions and actions, but general enough to allow initiative and creativity in your strategies for attaining it.
GOALS – Stepping-stones to your vision.
VALUE STATEMENTS – What is important to you as you seek your vision? Your own standards of excellence.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES – Tangible results with deadlines that will bring you closer to your vision.
In Advisory, we will be examining some famous examples from Walt Disney to Texas Commerce Bank. This process will look much different for 6th Graders as it will for Seniors. It will be incredibly interesting to revise these through the years and see how they remain the same and also evolve.
Students will also be responsible for an electronic portfolio. They have a choice between Weebly and Digication. Time will be dedicated in class to work on portfolios.
Student-Led Conferences are truly one of my favorite elements of our program. After missing out last semester while on leave, I am very much looking forward to our time together in April. You can find more information about the roles of students, teachers, and parents in Student-Led Conferences on the Polaris website:
Another resource, as we begin to put portfolios together, is our Advisory webpage. Here you can find all the materials and directions for portfolios as we introduce them in class. There is also a running communications blog that includes all previously sent emails.
I hope that this information is helpful to both you and your child. As we continue to prepare, please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas on how to make conferences the very best use of our time.
Hello Advisory Families -
This week mid-quarter grades were posted. I would encourage you to take a look at Zangle this weekend and have a conversation with your child about how their classes are going. Be sure to praise successes and discuss challenges. If you have any concerns, please first have your child communicate with directly with teachers. Secondly, you can follow up with an email and/or request a time to meet for additional clarification and discussion. If there is anything that I can do to facilitate any communication or better support your child during Advisory, please let me know.
Additionally, during our staff meeting today, it came to our attention that a population of our students are facing some difficult times - be it financially, medically, or emotionally. It breaks my heart to hear of any student struggling and always wish that there was more that I could do. That said, I have found food to be a great community builder and spirit booster, especially among adolescents. This evening on my way home I swung into Costco and purchased some easy to grab non-perishable snacks to start an Advisory Pantry. The large boxes of individual servings of oatmeal even have an additional $3 instant rebate!
I am inviting anyone interested or able to contribute to our pantry. There is absolutely no pressure or requirement and I will not be asking students individually for contributions. Our pantry will be open to our Advisory and ANY student that needs a little extra snack during the day with ZERO stigma attached. Just a friendly and kind gesture from our Advisory to our community. If we are finding this fills a need and is successful, I will send out periodic emails when our shelves are looking sparse. Of course we will accept contributions anytime you make a Costco run or see a good deal at the grocery store.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend - I can't believe we are already nearing the end of February!