Ballard's picture

It's a pleasure

Like many of you, the new school year starts off with a staff meeting. We've had several changes in staff during the summer here at MASSP. We have two new replacements. As I sat with the eight of us who are the staff of MASSP I realized all but two (Including me) are in their 20's or 30's.

The topic for the meeting was our website. The MASSP website is our main vehicle to communicate with our members. It is who we are.

As I listened to the ideas, enthusiasm, and knowledgeable this group of people brought to the discussion it was relaxing just to enjoy the conversation. It was a pleasure to guide and not have to push.

I hope you have a similar experience in the days to come with your staff.

Ballard's picture

Teacher's and Principal Appearance

Well, it's back. The topic of teachers modeling appropriate dress in front of students is a topic in today's Detroit News. It is an important topic for every faculty meeting as the 2009-10 school year begins.

Here's the editorial.

By the way, the folks from Oakland County Workforce Development are speaking at the Annual Convention. Their topic is on what jobs will be available to our students in the new Michigan economy.

Ballard's picture

Story of improvement

Just a story to report - this supports the argument for continuation of requirements.

Ballard's picture

No more excuses

Because my home is minutes away from Spartan Stadium my loyalties lean green and white. As a Spartan fan we've learned to say "we're in a building year."

We'll as educators we've been saying our ACT scores have remained flat because the students taking the MME have not been held to the higher standards. We'll this year that all changes.

The Class of 2011 next March with take the MME. A significant number of them will have completed Algebra I, Geometry, and one semester of Algebra II. Plus they will have completed 2.5 years of English and science.

Let's hope that the ACT results reported next May say, "Michigan's average ACT show significant increase and now lead the nation." Shall we pray....

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Alternative Schools Should Put an End to Smoke Breaks

Scene: During a televised Sunday afternoon football game, a commercial begins with the camera on a pile of cigarette butts. Then, it pans up to show a number of teens smoking. Both shots show an open school building clearly visible in the background.

Narrator: “Smoking breaks… at school??? (Horror and dismay are obvious in the voice of the narrator.) News Center X has learned that local high school students are regularly smoking between classes… while their teachers watch! (Gasp.) Students are supposed to be learning things at school. Is breaking the law one of them? Tune in Tuesday night at 6:00 to see what News Center X uncovered at some of our local high schools.”