Exploring Health Sciences class practicing blood pressures.
Last night Bob and I hosted parents for Back to School Night.
My Exploring and Medical Assistant students are learning about different healthcare occupations and a little about the history of medicine. The Biotech students had a bioethics discussion. The students came to class with a topic which they presented, stated their views, and the other students had a chance to discuss the topic. The students did a great job on topics from cloning to testing cosmetics on animals to biological weapons.
We had a great session of pipetting Tuesday. We worked with the transfer pipette and the micro-pipette. We used food color in distilled water. We worked without safety equipment because I wanted the students to get a feel for the soft and hard stop. We will use the appropriate equipment when required. We then did an assignment sheet for a bioethics discussion planned for Thursday.
We started the school year last week with a pep rally which was also attended by the Academy students. The highlight of the pep rally was the dancing principal. It took a couple minuets too long for students and a few teachers to get on the gym floor and start dancing for me to stop cringing. She was cutting the rug, floor, like a champ. Mrs. Millard was my administrator a few years ago at Hayfield. She is topnotch and we are fortunate to have her as our principal.
The first week got off to the typical first week start which is even more atypical compared to other schools. The Academy has unique challenges which we deal with for sure at the front end of the year and go off and on during the school year. After a few roster issues we settled in to a routine which I expect will carry us through the first quarter and beyond. I have what seems like a great bunch of kids and am leaning forward with anticipation for the start of this school year.
I intend to update this blog at least two times a week and hopefully more. Please stay tuned and participate.
I did not make many blog entries this year as I was learning to be a blogger, lack of readers due to lack of marketing, and other events. I hope to keep up with this next school year (which is in just a few weeks) and let the students and parents know about it from the start.
I had 170 students in six classes this year. The time went by fast. Having a great group of kids made this so. I have even higher numbers signed up for next year but right now, I’m going to take a little break and enjoy the summer.