Friday, April 27, 2012

Finalists Selected in Search for Saline HS Principal

After interviewing eight candidates, Saline Area Schools has selected three finalists in their search for a new high school principal.  A committee of parents, teachers, administrators and a student selected Julie Helber, (Milan Area Schools) Alice Lashbrook, (Hartland Consolidated Schools) and Tyrone Weeks, (Plymouth Canton Community Schools) as the finalists after close to 10 hours of interviews yesterday.

The district will be conducting simultaneous candidate forums beginning at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, May 2nd at Saline High School. The forums will each be 40 minutes in length and will allow the public, (students and parents) high school teachers and administrators an opportunity to meet and observe each candidate in an interview setting. The candidates will be asked a series of predetermined questions. In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to submit questions on note cards and those questions will be presented to the candidates as time permits. 

The public, (students and parents) forum will be held in the HS media center. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Lessons of a Mouse

There was a scientific experiment where a mouse was placed in a maze with food at the end of a passage. Through trial and error, the mouse finally arrived at the food. When he had run the same course several times, the mouse no longer hesitated or turned down wrong corridors but rather went directly down the correct path that led to the food. After a few more runs like this the food was removed from the end of the previous corridor and placed at the end of another passage. At first the mouse went to the old place. Finding nothing there, he retraced his path and investigated other passages until he found the newly placed food. Thereafter, he had no trouble acclimating himself to the new route that brought the reward.

The point of this story is that it shows the basic difference between mice and mankind. Eventually, the mouse will learn to seek other paths when the one he has always followed is no longer productive, while mankind will tend to keep going down the unproductive path forever.

In the world of public education, the food has been moved. How long will we continue travel old paths before we begin to investigate new passages?

Friday, April 13, 2012

e-Portfio - The New Frontier

As schools expand the use of technology for instructional purposes, a group of Saline Area Schools teacher-leaders are working with our instructional technology staff to build professional e-portfolios. The e-portfolios will contain a home page, the teachers resume and educational philosophy, their curriculum, instructional reflections and, moving forward, instructional evidence, (student growth data).

The e-portfolios promise to become a powerful method for our staff to collect, share and most importantly reflect upon their work in a digital format. Many thanks to this outstanding group for leading the way!