PHOENIX FLYER

Aug. 20th-24th, 2012

DMHS…. The Week Ahead at DMHS….
2012: Mon. Aug. 20th, 2012: 1st period: 8:30-9:00am: Al Bowen's room 2nd period: 10:00-10:30am: Cassidy Willet's room 3rd period: 12:00-12:30pm: Buccheit’s room 4th period: 2:00-2:30pm: Karen Hopkins' room 3:30-6:00pm: SLT meeting in Williams’ room ug. Tues. Aug. 21st: 5:00pm: Volleyball HOME Wed. Wed. Aug. 22nd: 4:30pm: Tennis/VB HOME; Soccer at South Stokes **We will make an announcement when it’s time for the students to come down to the grade level meetings. IF you have a whole class, please come with your class to the meeting.
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson http://bit.ly/N2XAHZ

DMHS…. The Week Ahead at DMHS….
Thurs. Aug. 23rd: 8:30-9:15am: Freshman meeting in auditorium 9:55-10:40am: Sophomore meeting in auditorium 6:00pm: Senior Parent night in auditorium 7:00pm: JV Football: AWAY at Bartlett Yancey HS Fri. Aug. 24th: HAPPY FRIDAY!!! 10:00-11:00am: Senior meeting in auditorium 7:30pm: Varsity Football HOME vs. Bartlett Yancey HS Upcoming Events:
Aug. 27th: Staff Meeting in Media Ctr.: 3:30-4:45pm Aug. 27th: Junior meeting in auditorium: 10:00-10:45am Aug. 31st: Progress Reports GO HOME Sept. 3rd: Labor Day HOLIDAY Sept. 5th: PD during planning period Sept. 19th: PD during planning period Nov. 7th, 2011 Sept. 21st: Grading period ENDS Sept. 24th: Grades DUE in NCWISE by 12:00am Sept. 28th: Report Cards GO HOME

Poverty and the Grading of Homework
By: Myron Dueck http://bit.ly/M1yO0b *many of our students live in poverty….just some things to keep in mind. The conversation around how schools can react to poverty typically centers around reduced breakfast and lunch programs. On a few occasions I have heard people express concern as to the access that poverty-affected students have to sports programs, band and other extra-curricular activities. I have never heard people discuss specifically how the grading of standardized homework is but one more hurdle for students living with poverty. I think the time has come. I just finished reading Eric Jensen’s book, ‘Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What being poor does to kids and what schools can do about it”. In the first three chapters alone, Jensen dumps upon the reader a stifling pile of challenges faced by students living with poverty. Here is a small sample: Students living with poverty… are more likely to live in a crowded home inherit low self-esteem own fewer books watch more tv inherit negative views of school

have a 50% chance of dealing with evictions, utility disconnection, overcrowding or lack a fridge have mentally adapted to suboptimal conditions have higher tardiness and absentee rates

It should be clear to just about anyone that this litany of hurdles would make completing homework difficult, if not impossible. To subject students to the grading of standardized, impersonal homework is questionable on so many levels, and I would argue that poverty-related challenges should be at the top of the list. When any student arrives with incomplete homework, we as educators can never be certain of the reasons. We should never assume that it is due to a lack of effort, but perhaps a safe assumption is that our most financially-challenged students have faced negative factors well beyond their control.

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