Archive for January, 2020

why aren’t our locker combinations on the student portal? Its already password protected I don’t see the point in making a student go to the office for this information…

Written by on January 31, 2020

A. Ask your principal to place them there.

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As a student, I find it extremely inappropriate for teachers to speak about their political opinions to their classes. I am in full support of students partaking in political conversations and debates among themselves, in class or in the halls… but when teachers decide to push their opinions down the students throats, it limits the students opportunity for free thought, free speech, and a safe space. A school is a learning environment, not one to feel embarrassed for your political views. Teachers can express their views at home, but their job is a professional place where they help students learn to form their own opinions. Today, my English teacher and my French teacher both were expressing their political views in class and the whole class felt uncomfortable. Please, make this stop! It’s seriously unprofessional for a school environment! Thank you!

Written by on January 31, 2020

A. “Employees may not use their office, classrooms, school facilities or school equipment as a means to promote personal political views and beliefs, however, teachers are encouraged to address issues of current events of instructional and informational value to students.” Please see Board of Education Policy 6193: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IYU6Dei8YLG8wyawzZ6dtQqj7ETafRtxSRlH8vdb8JQ/view.

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Please, please, please institute a policy banning oil diffusers from classrooms and offices. They agitate asthma, cause headaches, and smell gross. Pumping perfume into the air in a closed classroom/office makes some people sick. It is not necessary and there is no science that proves it helps students learn.

Written by on January 31, 2020

A.  These are not allowed in classrooms or offices. If you have a concern, please let your principal know.

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The new Seal of Biliteracy requirement is unnecessary and takes time away from what the course is supposed to teach us. We had to use up class time because Shen wants the whole world to know that all of its students are “bilingual” when everyone knows that 95% of students do not actually learn to speak the language they take fluently. This is a waste of class time and should be optional as it once was. Making it a requirement takes away its importance to the students who actually care and wanted be recognized for truly excelling in their LOTE class. This project does nothing to prove the biliteracy of students, all it does it add more stress and take away from class time.

Written by on January 31, 2020

A. The Seal of Biliteracy is an opportunity for both World Language students and English-Language Learners to demonstrate that they are able to read and write at an intermediate-high level of proficiency in two languages, and a chance for students and families to celebrate the hard work that students have completed during their time at […]

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Are 9th grade latin students required to take the national latin exam? If so, why?

Written by on January 31, 2020

A. Yes, all Latin students grades 9-12 are required to take the National Latin Exam. This prestigious 40 question multiple choice exam is taken both nationally and internationally. While students’ scores on the exam will not be factored into their average, this exam is an excellent way to showcase their Latin skills and knowledge. Latin Scholars […]

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Why do bus numbers keep going up when new buses are purchased? Why not just keep the same numbers as the old buses? There is no way Shen has upwards of 700 buses. What will happen once the number reaches 1000?

Written by on January 17, 2020

A. Bus numbers are associated with a specific bus relative to its maintenance record. Bus numbers can’t be recycled, otherwise they will cause conflict with maintenance records and corrupt our database. Bus numbers will continue to go up for quite sometime to come. And, you are correct, we don’t have 700 plus buses. We currently […]

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