A little known fact about the month of March from http://www.egreenway.com/months/monmar.htm#Quotes:
“The word 'March' comes from the Roman 'Martius'. This was originally the first month of the Roman calendar and was named after Mars, the god of war. March was the beginning of our calendar year. We changed to the 'New Style' or 'Gregorian calendar in 1752, and it is only since then” that we have recognized January 1st as the start of a new year. March was named after Mars as the month is known to be harsh and stormy. Hopefully, this will not be the case this year!
We had a great February as new staff and students settled into the school and we all had a fresh start with Semester Two commencing. Olympic fever also hit the halls with many in the Alternative community sporting red, white and maple leaves. We were all thrilled with the accomplishments of Team Canada.
I was asked to present to the High School Success committee concerning our efforts to engage both students and staff in creative and meaningful ways via our Focus Friday blocks. The committee is made up of all high school principals in the CBE, along with the CBE directors and superintendents. I asked Phil, our math lead teacher, to come to present, along with a student whom he has worked with closely. Both Phil and the student embraced the concept of Focus Fridays and found ways to create opportunities for student voice, reciprocal teaching, the creation of culture in our building and cross-curricular learning. I am encouraged by the interest in our work as it has been made clear to me that we are headed in the right direction and are, in fact, at the forefront of this work in the province. As we consider the next right steps for Alternative for the 2014-15 school year, staff, students and parents will be consulted. For now, I am proud of the work that my teachers have done to make learning relevant and interesting for our students and I am proud of my students for taking a risk and trying something new.
I wish you all a wonderful spring break. Hopefully the weather will get the message soon!
Alternative High School, AARC and Hera