The monthly YESS faculty meetings include a technology piece. Information regarding the YESS website, district online tools, UEN resources, and other technology resources are shared with the teachers. On October 5th, Jodie, teacher at Youth Services, shared two online resources with us, padlet.com and thinglink.com. Padlet is a site that is an electronic board where teachers and students alike can place projects for collaboration or for access at another time. Thinglink is an online app where interactive projects can be created. Thanks Jodie, these are awesome resources!
It’s with heavy hearts that we say farewell to a dear colleague, Carol Goulais. Our teacher, counselor, student advocate, colleague, and thoughtful friend passed away on September 19, 2018. Carol was retired, but not really! She thrived on making a difference in the lives of young people and returned to work as a counselor in the Youth Educational Support School. Students’ dreams were encouraged, graduates were “properly” acknowledged and celebrated, flowers appeared on colleagues desks, birthdays were remembered, and treats from Kneaders provided at numerous meetings all at the hands of our witty, gracious, caring, thoughtful friend, Carol. She is, and will continue to be sorely missed, yet we will treasure our memories of her.
Tongue drums – now that’s a tongue twister!
Pamela, English and Music teacher at Genesis, is providing a harmonic approach to learning with the unique instruments she introduces to her students. Her latest acquisition is a tongue drum, played with small mallets. It’s a metal orb-like piece that emits a rich reverberating sound. Jason, Associate Director, recently tried out the new drum.
While students were dismally counting down the last days of summer vacation, Y.E.S.S. teachers were already back to school, taking classes of their own. Located at the district high schools, classes provided teachers with the latest and greatest in curriculum training, teaching strategies, and current policies. While the YESS program is staffed with well-seasoned and highly qualified teachers averaging twenty-one years of teaching experience, the maxim, “You’re never too old to learn,” still holds true. (by Paula, English Teacher, Youth Services)
Today was a day of celebrating the accomplishments of 6 students from Decker Lake Youth Center that fulfilled all of the requirements for graduation from high school. Lisa, teacher and Site Facilitator, shared a motivational message and Jason, YESS’s Associate Director (principal), admonished the graduates to look to the future and take advantage of a second chance to make choices that will lead to a successful and productive future. The chapel was overflowing with family, friends, teacher, advocates, and support from the State Board of Education and the Department of Human Services. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Congratulations graduating class of 2018!
Dave, math teacher at Genesis, uses this interactive tool from NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Math) with students to create dynamic drawings on isometric dot paper. Figures can be drawn using edges, faces, or cubes. You can shift, rotate, color, decompose, and view in 2‑D or 3‑D. Start by clicking on the cube along the left side; then, place cubes on the grid where you would like them.