After 25 years in teaching, there are a few things that top my list of major sources of excitement. Dealing with snow days, of course, is number one on my list but semester exams and the start of a new semester are most certainly near the top of my list.
I know that students might view exams as a brief period of potentially heightened anxiety. But, rather than viewing the exams this way, I prefer students to see the exams as a great opportunity for them to showcase how much they have learned over the course of approximately 18 weeks. It is energizing for me to see students getting laser-focused on a subject or two each day and becoming resident experts in these fields.
The other thing that is exciting is that we get the opportunity for a new beginning. For all the students, grades start anew. If there are study habits that need to change, now is the time. If a student needs to find a way to balance their commitments, now is the time. Many students will change teachers at the semester and have the opportunity to learn new things in new ways. I, like many of the teachers, get a new group of students. I view it is a chance to refine my curriculum, find out more about students that I have never taught before, and create new experiences and memories, especially with my senior students who begin their final semester at VCHS.
Thank you, parents and students, for a wonderful first half of the year. I pray that we can have as blessed a second semester as we have had a first.
Monday, February 5 | College Planning Night | 7:00 p.m. | Kelly Auditorium at Valley Catholic High School
Saturday, February 10 | 2018 Gala | 5:00 p.m.| Montgomery Park
Wednesday, February 14 | Ash Wednesday Mass | 9:25 a.m. | Valiants Gym
Monday, February 19 | No School
Friday, February 23 | Pirates of Penzance | 7:00 p.m. | Kelly Auditorium at Valley Catholic High School
Saturday, February 24 | Pirates of Penzance | 7:00 p.m. | Kelly Auditorium at Valley Catholic High School
Sunday, February 25 | Pirates of Penzance | 2:00 p.m. | Kelly Auditorium at Valley Catholic High School