Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tips For Finals

The students took it upon themselves to post around campus helpful tips in preparation for taking final exams.  In the spirit of David Letterman's recent retirement, here are the top 7 tips (not quite 10!) as declared by the student Spartans of De La Salle High School.

Tip #7: Relax!

Tip #6: Turn Off Your Phone! (always a good idea!)

Tip #5: Manage Time Wisely (also a good idea!)

Tip #4: Put Non Important Things Aside (like ... TV, surfing aimlessly, social media, XBox, PS?)

Tip #3: Eat A Hearty Breakfast! (what if you're a vegetarian?)

Tip #2: If You're Reading This Now, Then It's (Never) Too Late (uh oh ...)

Tip #1: And, finally ... Love Yourself!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

De La Salle and ... Nike?

A wonderful cast bronze statue of Saint La Salle was ordered from China and installed on our campus a few years back.  Apparently, two of our boys posed as Saint La Salle's modern day companions. 

Upon closer inspection, I happened to notice this ...

... makes sense, of course, since we are a Nike sponsored school, after all.  But, heaven help us if we were to be sponsored by some other multi national conglomerate!  Would we have to change the swoosh on the statue?  

Monday, May 25, 2015

Bobby Z And The DLC

Bobby Z is one of De La Salle High School's most beloved teachers.  He is immensely popular with our students, is approachable and kind, and he knows his stuff.  When we see one another, we often bow profoundly toward each other and utter the greeting, "Hello, dedicated Lasallian colleague!" (DLC) When not teaching, he is often found in our Campus Ministry lair on the hunt for salty peanuts, or cashews, or ... well, whatever he can scrounge for a snack. 

When I first interviewed at DLSHS, I sat in the conference room which had pictures of school life adorning the walls.  On one such wall was a picture of Bobby Z, who, also happened to participate in my interview.

Today, we had a meeting in the same conference room with ... you guessed it ... Bobby Z!  So, we asked him to pose in a similar fashion to the picture behind him.  

It's appropriate that Bobby Z would be featured on the conference room wall.  As a DLC, he is a positive witness to what a Lasallian teacher should be, and a great example for the rest of us to aspire to. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

No Credit For Ice Hockey

From time to time we get notes from the main office or from the counselors to pass to students in our classrooms.  The goal is to communicate important details in a timely manner.  But, sometimes these messages just don't stick.  Nevertheless, whether they listen to the general announcements or not, a direct message is worth a shot.  

Sometimes, students get notes from the deans indicating that students have committed a misconduct.  Our deans really do a great job as enforcers of our school rules of conduct.  Thanks in large part to the work they do, we have a fairly safe campus and thank God there have not been any incidents of fighting.  As long as students don't cross the red line, they can be assured that they will be treated respectfully and fairly.  But, when they do, they might garner a suspension

And, sometimes students get penalties for not paying attention to their academic careers. But, no matter how much they trip, we teachers try to act as the safety net to keep them from failing.  Also, holding back students from soaring and moving forward is the last thing we teachers want to do.  I mean, we really do want to fully equip our students so that they do not graduate from DLSHS shorthanded.

When students are fully engaged in their learning, it is more than just the icing on the cake, it makes all the overtime we spend with students worth it!

Boo!  Ice Hockey Does Not Count For Credit!  Boo!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Broadcast: Year In Review

... the last Friday Broadcast features segments that have entertained us through the course of the year.  Highlights include Coach Eidson's Raiders Report, the flashy special effects, Move That Sully, and a guest appearance by yours truly attempting to be funny, eh.