Congratulations, Class of 2015! May your high school years be filled with enriching learning experiences, the companionship and support of old and new friends, and the confidence to know that you can accomplish great things. Believe in yourself and understand that goals worth reaching are always worth the effort.
Note: Your Google account will remain active until June 22, and the email restriction is lifted so that you may access and share any of the contents of your school account to your personal email. After that date accounts will be suspended.
We have worked on quite a variety of skill areas this year, such as:
organization of information
analyzing and synthesizing information
comprehension of informational text
choosing appropriately licensed media
working with images
writing formulas in spreadsheets
The most important ideas I hope you take away from this past year are a better sense of time management, attention to detail (remember the newspaper article "Give Them What They Want" regarding applying for jobs), and learning how to learn. By that I mean, in this time of digital overload of information, how do you know what is true, what is right, what is safe? We can no longer say, "No one ever taught me that" because all we have to do is find someone on YouTube or Twitter who is an expert in that skill we need to learn. We can sign up for an online course or learn about a topic in so many ways. Teaching you correct use of digital tools and providing you with opportunities to think, analyze, and create is our way of teaching you to fish, rather than just handing you some fish. There is a wonderful world out there. Continue to learn what is worth keeping and what to throw back. When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch." (Luke 5:4)
If I can ever be of any assistance to you in your high school years as you cast your net out over the sea of knowledge, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would love to know of your high school adventures. Be safe in the physical world and in the digital world. Keep your digital footprint clean. God bless you all!