That project I wrote about last week–still haven’t worked on it. I am in the middle of some crazy, great, exciting things, some I can share and some I can’t.
This year has been a fantastic year. I’ve been busy. I’ve done all kinds of things, not all successful. It’s been a learning experience for sure.
So, first off, earlier this year, I talked about wanting to focus on Middle School and I wanted to expand the time I had with Middle School. Honestly, given how tight the schedule is and how many things needed to fall into place in order to create more time for Middle School Computing, I didn’t think it would work out. But it did. We created a Maker Program for Middle School, expanding it so that students meet year long. This is a program designed to be makered at its core with a backbone of computing. It will incorporate as many disciplines as we can possibly tap into and I’m looking forward to working with colleagues in other departments.
This program couldn’t have happened without the hard work of my colleague in the Lower School, Brie, who was the master mind behind the DREAM Lab program. It was so successful, even in its first year, that it had to grow into the Middle School. I’m excited to be working with her more closely as she officially becomes a part of the Computer Science department. I have relied on her for advice, ideas, and more, over the last couple of years. After a conversation with her, I always feel invigorated and inspired. It’s just a joy to work with her.
On the Upper School front, we’re nearing 30 students enrolled in the CS I course. That may not sound like a lot, but it’s about half the 9th grade class. Mobile Computing has around 12 students. CS II is lagging behind with about 6. I’m planning to make some tweaks to the program in order to make that better.
Last week, we celebrated 125 years and I had a great time participating in all our various celebrations, including a fancy gala with fireworks and everything. This past week, we had our end of year faculty party and I was honored with the Trustees Award. I’m truly humbled as I feel like most of my colleagues are just as deserving as I am. It is nice to be recognized.
I also won a small grant to attend Constructing Modern Knowledge this summer. I can’t wait!
I’m also looking forward to seeing many of our students win various honors and awards in the coming weeks. I love how we recognize our staff, faculty and students for their hard work and contributions to the community. I like that it’s formalized, but I also see people thanking each other and recognizing hard work every day. It makes me happy to go to work every day.