Saturday, October 17, 2009

(Hopefully) Celebrating (Hopeful) Triumphs

This blog entry is going to be a truncated one. Both grade levels go into exams this week. These assessments are going to be critical and, I suppose, all students will have to do their best in rising to the challenges placed in front of them. The seventh grade students have their exam on chapter 5 this week. They will be able to use both sides of an index card for assistance and will also have posted visuals in the hallway to help them. However, in the final analysis, they will have to make sure they have studied the material as the best guard to preempt any possible chance of not achieving their best on the exam. This is going to be a challenge for them. Yet, I have no reason to believe that they will not exceed all expectations and rise to the better academic "angels of their nature." This exam can be revised next week during lunch periods on Tuesday and Wednesday. The eighth grade takes their two day Constitution Exam this week. Thursday is the written portion, while Friday constitutes the multiple choice portion. There is little else to say about it. Blog entries have been dedicated to it, in class instruction has been guided by it, and students have been repeatedly reminded about it. In the final analysis, it will be on them to do their best. This will be one of the first moments that our 8th grade students will be asked to undertake something that will serve to commemorate a moment of their departure from Julian, as the Constitution Test represents an 8th grade benchmark. I wish them nothing but the best on this endeavors and those that will lie ahead.
I certainly hope to have the chance to see many of you at Conferences this week. If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me at school or at my home. On this weekend where our students should spend time focusing on what needs to be done, I would like to wish all of you a Happy Diwali in the hopes that the lights of truth and justice shine on all of our emerging scholars.
All best and happy hunting.
Mr. Kannan

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