Mr. Santos Raised the Following Issues:
Dutch Language Lessons:
- School is working on the possibility of starting an after-school tutoring program for NATIVE Dutch speakers on the grounds for interested students. Looking ahead, this might become an elective for NATIVE speakers. At this time, there are no plans to have Dutch as a second language offered.
- Will the 10th Grade Foreign Exchange Program with Bard (New York, USA) run in the 2012-2013 School Year? This issue is under discussion in the upcoming weeks. While it is a wonderful experience for the high-achieving students, it presents curriculum and staffing challenges.
- Are kids obsessively checking their PowerSchool grades? Teachers will take the Advisory period to educate kids about how/when the grades are entered, and how they will become more variable in the beginning of the semester with a small sampling.
- Are There Sometimes Different Expectations by Different Teachers for the Same Subjects? Because multiple teachers teach the same subject, there will always be small differences between classes and teaching styles. All students however deserve the opportunity to succeed and the opportunity to reach the same ultimate essential skill set. School encourages teachers of same subjects to collaborate, to stay consistent in major assignments, in final assessments, and in curriculum. An exception is in Math, where we have multiple math groups due to ability grouping, so the final assessments will not be identical. Another exception is that Unit tests on different days may have a dramatically different structure, in order to discourage sharing of answers.
- Studies show a link between exercise and academics–Are we maximizing play space for our MS/HS kids? Scheduling complicates MS/HS use of fields and patios. Parents requested that the school organize more informal events like the MS Soccer tournament—great for school spirit! Basketball shoot-outs, soccer, etc. Mr. Marks and Mr. Preston are interested in this area.
- PE Concerns: Students feel that they need more instruction and direction during PE lessons e.g. learning games rules, drills, etc….BFIS Administrators will follow up on this issue.
- Are Cell Phones Used During Exams? They are not allowed during class or during exams. During class, a teacher has the right to confiscate cell phones and keep them until the end of the day. Exams–teachers ask them to turn them off and turn them in. If a child is caught using a phone during an exam, the consequences are severe.
- Prom: Students want more of a traditional dance, less of a sit-down student banquet. Food (pica-pica) will be offered. Looking at Monte Carlo or 80’s Theme.