The month of November signals that Fall is well underway and the holiday season is just around the corner. Here at Shepherd Hill, term 1 concluded on Friday, October 26, marking the completion of one fourth of the 2018-2019 school year. Report cards will be posted to the portal Friday, November 2, at 12 p.m. Please log into your Parent Portal Account and review your child's academic progress. I encourage all of our students to reflect upon the progress made and adjust any practices to reach and exceed their full potential in all of their school endeavors both inside and outside the classroom.
I write this a little sleep deprived with all the excitement of the World Series being over and the wonderful results of our beloved Boston Red Sox being the World Champions. Many times over the past week it was reported that this Red Sox team was one of the greatest in the history of baseball—due to the results of their winning percentage throughout the season, but also for their perseverance and putting “team first”. There are many great life lessons within these stories around how we as a SH community continue to move forward through good times and some stuck times. Our students need to continue to develop the skills modeled by the World Series Champs—of moving forward and learning from these stuck moments during their high school days.
Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday, November 8th, from 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. It is our hope that those times accommodate parent schedules to come in and make connections with the teachers of Shepherd Hill. To promote ongoing two-way communication, I encourage you to contact the appropriate educator if you have specific questions, concerns or information to share. In doing so, you will be able to collaborate with teachers to determine the right pathway for your child’s high school success. It is also helpful to consider particular skills school and home can foster for the future success of our students. Grades are an indicator of demonstrated learning and they do appear on a transcript, but skill development for the future should be the focus of our ongoing conversations throughout the 720 days of high school. Skills like: Sense-Making—the ability to connect and integrate ideas from a variety of disciplines and make sense of them in a useful format; Social Intelligence—the ability to connect with a range of individual styles in a meaningful way; Novel and Adaptive Thinking—the ability to stretch (come out of a personal comfort zone) and effectively problem solve; and News Media Literacy—the ability to use and navigate digital and social media.
These are just a few of the skills we hope to develop during your child’s years on the Hill and help contribute to our students generating and regenerating their passion and purpose. Please enjoy the rest of the newsletter as it highlights the incredible moments that take place here on the Hill.
Finally, it is my hope that each and every one of the Shepherd Hill families enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving filled with gratitude, love and laughter with family and friends. Be well.