We are at the mid-way point of the second marking period. Progress reports have been sent out. The winter sports season has started, and our teams are working hard. This month we will have a few home events, so come out and support your Sharks.
In an effort to better support our students we have implemented a new lunch time Make-Up Lab. Students will be assigned to the Make-Up Lab if they have any missing assignments, or test re-takes. This is an opportunity for our students to catch up on missing work. I have had some students ask why they need to attend the Make Up Lab because it is their “choice” to not turn in assignments. One response is “yes it is your choice to not turn in homework, however it is our choice to hold you accountable.” We believe this system will deter students from not doing their homework. The majority of our students who struggle do so because they are not doing the practice homework to reaffirm the new skill. We want all of our students to have the skills and ability to be successful. Therefore, we see the lunch time Make-Up Lab as a possible solution to help students from failing due to missing assignments.
It is hard to believe we are already in December. Thanksgiving break was a nice four day weekend to allow our staff and students time to relax. We only have three weeks before the holiday break, and one week after the break before exam week. The week of January 12th will be exam week, and end of the first semester. As you can tell, we are quickly approaching the end of the semester. We need you to help us help your student. Please make sure you emphasize the importance of turning in assignments. Sit down with your child and look at their grades on PowerSchool. Reach out to teachers for help. Contact administration with questions, or concerns. We truly are here to help your child.
Senior parents please keep your eyes out for the upcoming financial aid night in February. We will hold a meeting with all seniors and their parents to help register for FAFSA. This is a great opportunity for parents to ask questions and receive help in making sure their student is signed up to receive financial aid for college.
We hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday, and that you are able to spend valuable time with friends and family. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.
Art Classes: The visual art program at St. Louis High School is all about teaching students how to be successful in the visual world in which we live. We provide students with a visual art experience that includes the study of art produced by the masters, visual aesthetics, art criticism, and production. The students gain a basic knowledge and understanding of the tools associated with drawing, painting, sculpture, and many more mediums. A particular emphasis is placed on the elements and principles of art and design. To be successful in art class, it takes a dedicated work ethic and a willingness to take creative risks with the problems presented. We aim to give all students in the program a top-tier visual arts experience that is second to none.
Spanish Classes: The objective of Spanish class is to offer students the opportunity to develop their cultural and global awareness by having them explore the language and culture of Spanish speaking countries. Students use the vocabulary and grammar rules of the language to communicate by speaking, reading, listening, and writing in Spanish. Students also complete class projects and skits that allow them to explore and demonstrate their knowledge of the language and culture. Students are required to take two years of a language, but we also currently offer Spanish 3 and 4 to students who want to continue to develop these skills that will help them to be successful in their future endeavors. To be successful in Spanish class, students need the same study skills and strategies that they employ in their other classes at school- paying close attention in class, participating, taking good notes, and utilizing study strategies for tests and quizzes. Most students prefer to practice their Spanish by playing games in class. J Students also have the opportunity to take part in Spanish Club and use their Spanish skills in real life situations by studying abroad in Spanish speaking countries. This amazing opportunity not only allows students to experience the language and cultural first hand, but also helps students to develop the life-skills, leadership, and independence that will help them be successful in the future both inside and outside of the classroom.
Physical Education / Health Classes: The Physical Education classes just finished an ultimate Frisbee unit which was enjoyable. The classes are currently starting a basketball unit. The health classes are wrapping up a safety unit and will be transitioning into the last two units of the semester, which will be Reproductive Health and Personal Health and Wellness. Students are always encouraged to have a positive mental approach and provide enough effort to get the job done.
ACT/Work Keys: All 11th graders, and seniors who have not taken the ACT/Work Keys will be tested on the following days:
March 3rd: ACT
March 4th: Work Keys