Spunk. Pep. Verve. ZEST! I can’t think of a better way to bring our semester to a close than with a focus on what it means to have a zest for life. Our character strength this month encourages us all to approach each day with excitement and energy. New situations become intriguing when we embrace them with enthusiasm and take initiative in learning experiences.
Last week, students in 5th grade Language Arts took the initiative to express their voices by entering a contest that required them to research and write about what they thought best defined 2014. They fervently supported their opinions with their reasoning and facts demonstrating a commitment to submitting the winning entry. Their work resulted being selected as the winners and the entire grade level was recognized on the weekly “shout-out” on the program, “The Week in Rap.” They were so excited!
Another new experience that was met with excitement was the opportunity to join millions of students across the globe in an Hour of Code. The Hour of Code was a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to expose students of all ages to learning how to code computer programs. Students K-5 had different activities that provided fun ways to learn code. You can carry on this learning by watching the short introductory video at www.hourofcode.com. From there you will find several links to allow your child to continue interactive games and activities that teach the basics of coding.
So many exciting things happen each week at BHE and these are only two examples of students and teachers being ZESTFUL about learning, an action that cannot be measured on a standardized test. We continue to strive to provide learning experiences that will prepare students beyond the STAAR so that we are not limited by this one test that continues to morph mysteriously. TEA announced last week that the 5th grade Math STAAR test, which will assess new standards, will be given on April 20th, almost a month later than originally scheduled. This comes as welcome news since it will allow for more time to provide instruction.
I continue to be proud of the work done by teachers and students this year. We are ending the fall semester on a strong note and will begin the spring with renewed vigor and zeal. We wish you and your family the happiest of holidays!