Archive for September, 2013

A little late on this post, but I figure better late than never, right?  Last year was one of the hardest ever as an educator.  In fact, along with my first year teaching, it was the hardest ever.  Huge class sizes, Synergy, Common Core and new teacher evaluations are hard to handle alone in most years, yet all of them occurred during the 2012-2013 school year.

After spending the summer recharging the batteries, and taking an awesome road trip to Alaska, it’s back to school.  Some things have changed from last year;  I am teaching Lit & Comp 10 for the first time at BHS, Synergy appears to be better (in theory), Beaver Lodge is making its debut, and there have been some upgrades around campus.  Unfortunately, class sizes will remain an issue, especially in the junior and senior-level classes.  My non-fiction lit. classes are currently around 45 per class.  As a BSD parent, I am glad that much of the levy that the community passed was directed toward elementary schools;  my two sons are at William Walker, enjoying class sizes in the lower twenties!

So, there is much to look forward to this year.  In teaching a new class, there is both excitement in doing something new, while at the same time, there is always the unknown.  Good thing I have great colleagues here at BHS that support each other.  We are committed to help each and every student find the success that Beaverton High offers.  As a community of teachers, students, administrators, parents and the public, we must work together to achieve greatness.  If all parts put forth the effort and resources, we can do anything.  Best of luck to us all, and as always, stay classy Beaverton High School!

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