Projects have launched across Belleville New Tech. We can’t believe that four weeks have already passed.
We had a very exciting week! Laptop distribution, CFGs, presentations, PAC meeting … the list goes on and on. Here are the pictures from the week:
BNT Juniors, Lindsay Lore and Da’Onjra Patterson visited all students on Friday to introduce two student-led clubs: Tech Squad and Media Squad. All BNT students are encouraged to participate. Both organizations do phenomenal work for Belleville New Tech. It will be a great addition to a National Honor Society application as well as college applications.
Tech Squad meets – Mondays 2:40-3:40 pm
Media Squad meets – Tuesdays 2:40-4:00 pm
To review the presentation that was given in class download it below. If you are interested in becoming an officer for either club, visit the links below
PowerPoint – Tech Squad and Media Squad 2013
Tech Squad Officer Application
New Tech Parent Action Committee (PAC)
We are a growing group of parents engaged in making a difference in our children’s educational journey. We are always looking for more parents who want to be involved!
2013/2014 PAC MEETING DATES (6PM)
Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 20, Jan 15, Feb 19, Mar 19, Apr 16, May 21
Special Note: Meetings are held to ONE hour! Please join us!
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Please join us for the Parent Action Committee (PAC) Meeting, Wednesday 6pm BHS Media Center/Library! Meetings are held to 1 hour.
This meeting we will discuss the PAC’s focus and goals for this school-year!
Hope to see you there!
The staff of BNT continually reflects and refines our structures and policies to push all of our students toward college and career readiness. One of the refinements we have made for the 2013-14 school year is to revise our school-wide learning outcomes (SWLOs). We have adopted five outcomes, which are also the five that the New Tech Network is recommending for all new schools. Knowledge & Thinking (Content Literacy) will be worth 50%, Agency 15%, Written Communication 15%, Oral Communication 10%, and Collaboration 10%. The biggest change of these SWLOs is Agency.
If you have been keeping up with our posts and tweets, you have seen that our students have been studying how Agency will be evaluated throughout the year. See the Week in Review posts for pictures of the activities. Agency will be evaluated using the NTN Agency High School Rubric. Overall, this SWLO will focus on how students adopt a “growth mindset” and “take ownership over one’s learning.”
Lydia Dobyns, the NTN President published a blog this week on Huffington Post on why Agency is important for all learners.
“When we think of the skills students need to be successful in school and in life, the word “agency” doesn’t usually pop into mind. But maybe it’s time…
Through the tenets of “agency,” we can help students see effort and practice in a new light and associate both as growth paths and, ultimately, success. We can provide students with the skills to rebound from setbacks and build confidence as they welcome new challenges. Instilling the principles of “agency” helps students find personal relevance in their work and motivates them to participate actively, build relationships and understand how they impact themselves and their communities.
We use “agency” to mean developing an academic mindset and taking ownership over one’s own learning. Carol Dweck defines a growth mindset to mean: “I can grow my intelligence and skills through effort, patience and challenge.” (See Carol Dweck and Paul Tough for research and writing — Dweck, C. (2006). Mindset: The new psychology of success. New York: Ballantine Books; and Paul Tough (2012) How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.)”
If you have any questions about Agency, please email BNT Director, Scott Wilsey – email@example.com
Students who bring their signed technology contract will be assigned a laptop starting tomorrow. We will try to get as many distributed as possible. All students received a contract on Friday after Mr. Wilsey’s technology workshop in the Humanities classes.