Friday, February 1, 2013


Dear Parents/Guardians of Freshmen & Sophomores,

 

We are now a year and a half into our Anagnorisis initiative, elements of which have been designated a graduation requirement by the School Board. As you might recall, Anagnorisis is a program at SHS through which students are encouraged to keep track on how well they meet five school-wide expectations---communication, problem-solving, initiative, decision-making, and service/citizenship---and to what degree they achieve more sophisticated progress over time. At the same time, students need to reflect upon their progress as a student and a person, set goals for future progress, and hopefully identify their career and avocational passions.

 

Most of our sophomores have made ‘solid progress’ in selecting evidence of progress and of uploading supporting artifacts into ePearl, our online electronic portfolio. Some, however, have gotten behind at identifying evidence and uploading it. Teacher-Advisors have reviewed student ePearl portfolios and spoken to their advisees about the requirements for this initiative. I have also personally spoken to individual students to apprise them of their responsibilities in this matter.

 

 I encourage you as parents to have a similar conversation with your daughter or son to make sure she or he is doing what is necessary to ensure their timely graduation. Please know as well that besides not meeting graduation requirements, there will be consequences for not completing Anagnorisis responsibilities for next year’s juniors who have not completed their 9th and 10th grade requirements. Students could be denied junior privileges, and, driving privileges.



 
Please see below our Anagnorisis timeline:
(NOTE: THIS TIMELINE APPLIES TO THIS YEAR'S FRESHMEN AND SOPHOMORE CLASSES---FOR THE REMAINDER OF THEIR HIGH SCHOOL CAREERS. IT DOES NOT APPLY TO THE CURRENT JUNIOR AND SENIOR CLASSES)

ALSO: TWO RESOURCES FOR ANAGNORISIS WILL BE LINKED TO THE SCHOOL WEBSITE BY NEXT WEEK.
 

 

GRADE
Due Date
What is due?
9th
Feb break
 
 
June 1
Upload evidence for communication and problem solving at a minimum.
 
Upload evidence for initiative, decision making, and service & citizenship.
Each student MUST have at least 1 piece of evidence with a reflection for each of the 5 school-wide expectations.
 
10th
Feb break
 
 
June 1
Upload evidence for communication and problem solving at a minimum. All 9th grade evidence complete.
 
Upload evidence for ALL 5 school-wide expectations.
Each student MUST have at least 1 piece of evidence with a reflection for each expectation.
 
11th
Dec break
 
 
 
Jan 31
 
Feb - April
 
Upload evidence for ALL 5 school-wide expectations.
Each student MUST have at least 1 piece of evidence with a reflection for each expectation.
 
Presentation schedule is finalized.
 
In second semester of junior year, a student will need to present progress to a panel of teachers. A student must explain evidence and demonstrate growth as a student and an individual over three years of high school, as well as next steps.
 
 
12th
Feb break
 
 
 
An update on progress in a formal written document which serves as a reflection of one’s high school years, and, indicates next steps post-high school must be submitted to T.A.
 
 

 
We believe passionately in this process---that school is much more than grades and transcripts, that each of our students can see growth not only in academics over four years, but can come to a better understanding of who they are, what their passions are, and how best to achieve them.

 

Very truly yours,

 

Jeff Maher