1. You might remember that a year ago, during the AAPS budget forums, participants were invited to indicate interest in working on strategic planning subcommittees. I had thought that would happen last spring, but it was delayed, and delayed again--at least the public participation part was. Although there are, I believe, 8 subcommittees of the strategic plan, they are only asking for assistance on three of them. [Why only three? I don't know. At the budget forums people were asked to indicate which of 8 subcommittees you might be interested in joining.] In any case, there is a January through March timeline for this--at least, that is the plan. I also can't really tell what some of these strategies mean. For instance, if you were interested in the education achievement gap, or school funding, what would you choose? Here are the details from AAPS News:
Action Teams will reconvene in January to discuss these strategies:UPDATE 1/5/2010: Read the comments from Liz Margolis of AAPS if you would like more information about the strategic planning process.
Contact Liz Margolis by Jan. 7, 2011 if you would like to be a member of one of the Action Teams listed above. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 734-994-2236.
- Strategy No. 1– “We will create a complete educational program featuring personalized learning that realizes student aspirations and meets international standards.”
- Strategy No. 5 – “We will implement a system to ensure continuous development of staff capacity.”
- Strategy No. 6 – “We will engage and inform our constituents to engender trust and support to accomplish our mission and objectives.”
2. My friend asked me last month, "Would you send your child to the International Baccalaureate school?"
I said, "Probably not, but I'm glad it will be there for someone else. I'd be more interested in Washtenaw Technical Middle College where you could get actual college credit for the classes."
He said, "Really? I would have thought you would be really interested in an immersion language program."
OK, so let's get something straight: International Baccalaureate schools are not immersion language schools. You can read more about them in this earlier post (and its links). It is possible--but not guaranteed--that an IB program will give you college credit. Many of our local school districts are banding together under the auspices of the WISD to set up an IB school. [Dexter is planning on integrating an IB program into their own high school.]
Why am I telling you this? Because, if you have a student entering ninth grade, you might want to check out the International Baccalaureate question and answer sessions (mandatory for application):
Please plan to attend one of the following sessions:Information sessions will be held at:
- Wednesday, January 12: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, January 18: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Thursday, January 27: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Monday, January 31: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, February 9: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Washtenaw International High School (WIHS)
510 Emerick Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48198.
For more information, please call 734-994-8100 x1263, or visit the web site at http://www.wihi.org/
3. Ann Arbor's Community High application packets are available now and are due on or before 2/11/2011. Information can be found here.
4. Ann Arbor's Skyline High also has an application and information here, also due on or before 2/11/2011. It looks like they have reduced the number of outside-of-Skyline-district student openings from 125 to 100. I am guessing that this is related to the fact that the number of in-district students has been increasing, but I'm not positive. (Nor am I sure about how that decision is made.) Also, if you are in-district, there is a curriculum night on January 12th (which seems early to me!).
4. Similarly, Ypsilanti's New Tech High School is also taking applications for incoming freshmen. Find more information here. Unlike Community and Skyline, New Tech High School is open to students from other districts.
4. I changed the blog design. I'm not sure what I think--and comments are welcome.