Thursday, September 6, 2018

September 6th Update

Notes from the Principal:
EDHS Core Values: Respect and Acceptance

These two core values have been on my mind lately. Last Friday during our first rally the Student Leadership Class and I really focused on these points. Much to our delight, students responded well and we had a great rally that was full of fun and spirit.

One of the elements I love about EDHS is that despite our many differences, we often find a way to celebrate our numerous similarities. This has been on display through the start of the year. I have observed many more instances of students accepting and respecting each other than the few moments where these values have fallen apart. Of course, there is always room for improvement, and those moments where these values fall apart are disruptive, the 2018-19 school year is off to a respectful and accepting start.

The recent passing of Aretha Franklin reminded me of the lyrics driving these values forward. Amongst student, faculty, and community, I hope we can continue to foster these values in our school. So, as the Queen of Soul states, “All I’m asking/ is a little RESPECT”.

Academics:
As we rapidly approach our first progress reports for the year, please make sure to check in with your students to make sure we are all doing everything possible to help all of our students succeed. Also, in conversations with students, please remember that early in the  term a single grade can have a much greater impact on grades now than it will at the end of the term. Our great hope is that students learn and grow through the term and see as much success as possible by terms end.

The Arts:
Last Monday was Club Day on campus. There are many clubs at EDHS that have a strong artistic component. It was great to see students learning about all those opportunities to connect with school. While we know there are limitations with the number of classes a student can take, the pursuit of one's passions are limitless. If your student is interested in club that does not exist on campus, send them my way and I am sure we can find a way to either connect them with another club or find an advisor for a new club.

Athletics:
Over the course of the next week all of our programs are in action, come out and cheer on a team:
Cross Country: Weekend Meet in SF and SVC Meet next Wednesday in Folsom
Volleyball: Home 9/6 v Del Oro
Golf: 9/11 at Cold Springs
Water Polo: 9/10 v Bret Hart and 9/13 v JFK
Football: 9/7 v. Bret Hart
Please check the school website for additional details about away games.

Student Life: 
As mentioned above, we had a great first rally of the year. Spirit is high, blue abounds, and there is pride in being a Cougar. The focus has quickly shifted to Homecoming on September 29th, with some elaborate invites taking place. We will continue to celebrate school pride on Fridays with Blue Crew Fridays. 

This Weeks Read:
I am taking a week off from articles. Please feel free to send anything you find interesting my way and I’ll try and get it into a post.

2nd Cup of Coffee:
The first 2nd Cup of Coffee event will be September 14th, from 7:30am - 9:00am in the Foothill Grill. I look forward to seeing you there.

Go Cougars!
Matthew Barnes
Principal

Friday, August 17, 2018

August 17th Update

Notes from the Principal:
“We read to know we are not alone” CS Lewis.

One of my favorite aspects of the start of the year is learning the stories that make up our current student population. Knowing and sharing our stories is what connects us as humans. Meeting many students over the last few weeks has provided lots of different opportunities to share and learn these tales. Our school is a web of wonderful people, full of diverse experience, connected by the human spirit. I’ve learned of triumphs, sorrows, goals, setbacks, and a handful of lofty aspirations.

My own story of our chicken who is missing a leg has been the story I have probably shared the most...swing by and I’ll share it with you!

Academics:
Class adjustments are drawing to a close and classes have really ramped up this week. As the term is still new, developing patterns and routines for completing work can be helpful as things get busier throughout the fall. Help your student develop a routine for getting homework done, if there isn’t any homework on a given night, that time can be filled reading for pleasure.

Will your story be told with numbers, symbols, technical skills, or viewed under a microscope?

The Arts:
We are off and running in the arts. The Marching Band is fast at work preparing for the fall season. In addition, the Marching Band has been working collaboratively with our Middle Schools to do a joint half time show in the coming weeks. Art classes have started creating bowls to donate to the Empty Bowls fundraiser. I want to encourage folks to check out both our Photography and Art Clubs. Finally, I am certain Studio 81 is starting to gear up for the Fall Play more news on that to come.

Stories are not only told with words - but through pictures, music, and on the stage as well.

Athletics:
Thank you to all of you who came out for the Fall Sports Parent Night last Tuesday. It was great to see the gym full of the families supporting our athletics programs. Competition schedules start today with Volleyball, Football, and Waterpolo (Sat).

As the clock winds down, what will the story be?

Student Life: 
Kudos to ASB on a wonderful first dance. Students wrapped up the first week with a great gala up at the Foothill Grill. I’d love to see this event continue to grow and continue to establish a positive culture for the start of school.

Your mark on EDHS will last forever!

This Weeks Read:
As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus stated, “nothing endures but change”, so goes the college admission process. The level of competition and expectations on students is unlike any other time. However, there are so many wonderful options for ongoing education in either 4 yr Colleges/Universities, Jr. Colleges, or Trades Schools, what really matters is finding the right fit for you. One application element that continues to help students and schools learn about each other is the College Essay. What separates a great college essay from others is having a good story and telling it well. Maybe your story is that you where one of the first students ever on the USA World Sudoku team that competed at the 2019 China World Sudoku Championship! Yes, those are both real things and would be an awesome story, here is how to learn about both! Regardless of what it is, go experience those stories, embrace the change that is life, and when it comes to that College Essay...knock it out of the park!


2nd Cup of Coffee
2nd Cup of Coffee is an open forum conversation regarding all things El Dorado. I usually prepare a very short agenda and repeat those items a few times during the morning. There is plenty of time to discuss topics others have or to brainstorm topics people would like to learn about in the future. Coffee and treats provided and if nothing else, it is a great way to start your day.

The first 2nd Cup of Coffee event will be September 14th, from 7:30am - 9:00am in the Foothill Grill. I look forward to seeing you there.

Go Cougars!
Matthew Barnes
Principal