Creek Week

  • October 16 - 20, 2017

    Posted by Michael Sita at 10/16/2017

    Last Week's Highlight

    More than 15 Students took the PSAT on Wednesday last Week. PSAT is a critical waypoint for our youth navigating to college. Just attempting the PSAT is an all access point of entry into the college going pipeline. It wont be long until those who took the test begin getting letters and information from colleges all around the country.

    At heights of over 30 feet, several New Start students with hard hats and fluorescent vests operated construction lifts with a supervising professional. In all, 13 New Start students attended the AGC Annual Construction Day held at Magnuson Park on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017.  These students tried their hands at laying cement, and they operating cranes, Bobcats, and oversized construction saws.  They met professionals in many fields of construction, and they learned about apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships. 

    Construction Week


    Teaching Point

    As we embark on learning what standards-based instruction looks like in our classrooms we will take a deep look at the complexity of the texts and tasks we are asking our students to complete. On Friday at PCT we will discuss, and look at, some examples of what makes a text complex in core content and, indeed, real life. There are three measure for text complexity; Quantitative, Qualitative and relationship of student to the task being given. In a standards-based classroom, in a standards based school, in a standards based district, all classrooms use appropriately complex texts and tasks to engage students and push their thinking and learning.  

    The Next Big Things:

    • Succuss Academy XXVIII - Tuesday, Oct. 17 - Thursday, Oct 19.
    • All Staff Meeting, Tuesday Oct. 17 - 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Room 6
    • New Start Community Advisory Board, Wednesday 3:00 p.m.  Library
    • Advisory Conference Morning, No Friday Class Oct 20
    • PCT: SBI - Complex Texts & Tasks: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Salmon Creek Library
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  • October 9 - 13, 2017

    Posted by Michael Sita at 10/6/2017

    Last Week's Highlight

    Mid-week of the session brings Rube Goldberg Contraption making to Mr. Butcher's Class! 1st Period integrated science went hands-on to explore physical interactions between things, different shapes and sizes. Machines are designed to make complex tasks simple for human beings. When one stumbles across a machine that is far more complex than the simple task it performs it seems absurd. Students in Mr. Butcher's class used high levels of Bloom's taxonomy to begin creating and evaluating in class. 

    Butcher's Class 1 Butcher's Class 2

    Teaching Point

    The Teach Engineering Website writes, "Through the cartoons of Rube Goldberg, students are engaged in critical thinking about the way his inventions make simple tasks even harder to complete. The study of Rube Goldberg machines can help students evaluate the importance and usefulness of the many machines in the world around them. This engineering curriculum meets Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)."

    The Next Big Things:

    • Saturaday School & Key Club Car Wash: Saturday Oct 7, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    • Leadership Team: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 10.
    • PSAT Testing: 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, Oct 11, for all 10th & 11th Graders.
    • Careers Day Field Trip: Thursday Oct 12. 
    • Saturaday School & Key Club Car Wash: Saturday Oct 7, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
    • No PCT this Friday. No Classes for State Professional Development Day. Oct. 13.
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  • October 2-6, 2017

    Posted by Tiffany Baisch at 10/2/2017

    Last Week's HighlightsAdvisory Award

    New Start students led and celebrated the first Brag Day Assembly of the year on the Sept. 21. Student's received awards from teachers for Session Six last Spring. Honor Roll and Principal's list was announced. Teacher Ms. Tamara Nedell, and her class, received the coveted Advisory Award Trophy for best Attendance in Session Six.

    Teaching Point

    The entry task is an important feature of every class, in every period. The task can be different and communicated in different ways by teachers depending on their style. Entry Task sets the tone for the learning to come. Sometimes it will illicit prior knowledge, or remind students what was taught the day before. It can be to answer a question, research a word, a spelling or vocabulary quiz. Some teachers use it as a formative assessment to inform their next step in teaching that day. The more aligned teachers' entry tasks are across school is helpful for students who require consistency and clear understandings of what is expected of them.

    The Next Big Thing:

    Also, New Start and Learning Center Staff completed their Staff Charters. The Charter is an important all staff agreement for how we feel when learning, collaborating and interacting with each other. Completing the Charter is a first step in the district wide efforts for Social Emotional Learning which will be highlighted in the upcoming Strategic Plan Refresh, due out later this year. At Salmon Creek, Emotional Intelligence is taking a front seat in professional development with staff, before we start bringing students and families into our learning (SY 2018-19).

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  • September 18-22, 2017

    Posted by Tiffany Baisch at 9/18/2017

    Last Week's HighlightShark Garden Sign

    We completed our first full week of school at Salmon Creek! Staff has continued work on their Charter for how we want to feel when we work and learn with each other. The Creek also hosted our 3rd Annual Highline Open Doors Fall Summit. Directors and Teacher Partners from Career Link, Pathway to College, Port Jobs and Southwest Youth & Family Services joined us for information sharing and planning to start of another year reengaging youth in our many pathways.

    Teaching Point

    What a great week to get outside! We know that kids moving and outdoors stimulates brain function and continues to expose the youthful minds we teach to a greater world. Even if it is a quick jaunt over the the garden to see the beautiful work our summer students and community have completed this past year, it all contributes to an overall learning experience for our kids. School is authentic, palatable and colorful. These are the ways we capture and keep our students imagination.

    The Next Big Things:

    • Leadership Team Meeting, Tuesday 9/19, 3:30, Library
    • Community Advisory Board, Wednesday 9/20, 3:00, Library
    • Brag Day, Thursday, 9/21 during Advisory - Gym
    • PCT: Suicide Prevention & Crisis Support - Friday, 9/22, Library
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  • September 11-15, 2017

    Posted by Tiffany Baisch at 9/11/2017

    Last Week's HighlightNew Students Cohort 27

    School Started. New Start began with it's traditional "First Assembly" at 9:00 Wednesday. First Assembly was followed by First Advisory and student conferencing for the remainder of the week. Relationships before Content is the driving motto. Scheduled Classes begin Monday!

    Teaching Point

    Post that Learning Target! The expectation is that all teachers will post and communicate in multiple ways a Learning Target daily. Targets must be aligned with a standard and describe learning that can be measured. Students should be able to articulate what it is they are learning (not doing), and know how they will be assessed.

    The Next Big Things:

    • All Staff Meeting, Tuesday 9/12, 3:30, Room 3
    • Highline Open Doors Summit, Wednesday 9/13, 9:00, Library
    • PCT: Google Classroom Lab, Friday 9/15, 1:00, Computer Lab
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