Henley Happenings:1-2-3

Dear Henley Parents & Guardians:

The first happening I would like to share is actually an informational item and a request for supplies.  New to Henley and Western Albemarle this year is a teacher who serves as a Learning Technology Integrationist or (LTI).  Gene Osborn has begun working with many of our students in the Blue Sparks Space during Tuesday and Friday STING classes. Gene works with both teachers and students, identifying needs and areas for passion based learning with technology.  When he met with the students for the first time, he asked them, “What are you passionate about?” and “What do you want to make?”  Their responses prompted the creation of this Amazon Wish List (http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3HI1J6NSCTSKV/ref=cm_wl_list_o_1).

What students will now do is research and engage in the creative process to make those products that they have brainstormed.  Here is where we could use your help. If you could take a moment and look over the wish list, you’ll notice that some of these items are consumable and will be used for specific projects and others are tools that can be used over and over as we explore Maker Education with students.

Last week, for example, Western Albemarle’s Aviation Club worked in the back fields flying drones and other hovercraft that were students’ own creations.  We see lots of potential for the maker curriculum and hope that you can support our students by purchasing an item on the wish list and having it sent to Henley.

You will be able to see what students created at our EXPO Night in March.  Students will be on hand to demonstrate their product, what they have learned, and what they would like to do next.  It should be GREAT!  Thank you in advance for your support.

The second happening I would like to share is that our first Henley Huddle on November 18 from 6:30-7:30 will be on MINDSET.  If you can join us, please RSVP by clicking on this link and letting us know how many will attend.  I have also included an option for you to share how you learn. Our instructional design will include opportunities for differentiated learning and we learn more about developing a more flexible mindset with and in our learners. I hope to see you next week.  If you cannot make it, I will be sure to include some resources on our website so that you can understand more about what we are doing here at Henley to support our students.

The third and final happening is that you have a unique opportunity to provide input for Albemarle County Public Schools’ technology plan.  Since 2003, data from over 2.6 million SpeakUp surveys have been shared with local, state, and national leaders. Staff, student, and parent opinions are used each year to help make decisions about how to improve education at schools around the country.  The division will use the data to inform and measure our work related to our educational technology plan as well as professional development programming.  Our staff members are taking the survey, and over the next several weeks, your child will have an opportunity to take this survey as well.

We want you to share your input, too. This brief survey, which takes about 20 minutes, will inform our school division on topics of technology availability and use in Henley households. Your participation in the survey would be greatly appreciated.

The link to the survey is http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2015.     Our “secret word” is acps15.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this helpful survey.  The survey closes on December 11th.