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    First Day of School-Connections Activity
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    Dear Teachers,

    Here is a break down of your first period time and what should be covered during that time. If you have questions, please email me and I will get back with you as soon as possible. So much will be going on...just take a deep breathe, smile, and enjoy the ride. Have a great first day.

    830-915a Connections Group: Introductions, explain purpose of connections (I've included some things you can say down below), activities (puzzle first, pennant blueprint second-explained more below), and review of round robin (explain how the rest of the day will go).

    Introductions: Introduce yourself, what class you teach, why you're excited to be here at QSI, or any other fun fact about you. You can have the students introduce themselves if you want.

    Purpose of connections: Welcome to connections group. Connections will happen every Wednesday from 830-850a. So every Wednesday morning we will meet here or for connections. So what will we be doing during this time? This time will be used to help connect you the student to the school. To help you connect with your peers, connect with your teachers, and connect with the school culture, that's why we call it connections. We will be doing relational strengthening exercises, learning about our own strengths and weaknesses, and learning about the school culture and how you play a part in it as a student here. 

    Activity1 "Puzzle" instructions: You will each receive a puzzle piece to decorate. 1. Choose the Succcess Orientation of your choice. 2. Visualize what comes to mind when you think of this Success Orientation. 3. Illustrate the Success Orientation by covering your puzzle piece with an artwork. Note: Colorful is better. Use any materials you have on hand-crayons, colored pencils, sharpies, markers, etc. 4. You will have 10 minutes to complete your puzzle piece and turn them in to me. Your puzzle piece will be a part of a great mural. Thank them for participating in the activity.

    Activity2 "Pennant Blueprint" instructions: Each connections group will receive a wooden pennant to decorate. This is a team building, relational strengths exercise. 1. Each connections group will work together to design and create their own group pennant. 2. The pennant must include a group name, group symbol(s), whatever else that makes your group stand out. 3. Can use different materials to decorate the pennant, but it must fit on the pennant as it will be hung up in the foyer. 4. Both sides of the pennant must be used. 5. Your pennant is due September 6th. After today you will only have 2 other connection group times to complete this task. So today should be spent on coming up with a plan a blueprint of how your group will decorate your pennant. Once you have a plan, figure out what materials you will need for your next connections group time. If you need some supplies from the art department, please give them notice beforehand, so they can have it ready for you to pick up on Wednesday morning. They will give you what they can, but understand their supply is limited and please return supplies back to them in the same manner you got them. Asking them for supplies on the day of is too late as they have connections group to work with.

    Review of round robin: Explain to the group what their day will be like (you can write it down on your board for you and students to see), explain how the round robin will work and get them excited about their first day and the craziness, but fun it will be.

    1230-1252p Meet with your connections group in your room to explain how lunch works (include where to go, what is expected, microwave available to warm lunches, when you can leave for lunch recess, etc.)

    235-305p Meet with your connections group in your room. Ask each student to give you a word about their first day experience so far-can be positive or negative. Write the word they say on the whiteboard. As the students look at the board of words, point out some commonalities and differences on how we react to school. Point out that it is okay to be anxious and nervous and in connections group is the place to discuss those feelings/emotions and as we get to know each other better, we may be able to share more about how we feel and how we can help each other through this school year.  Pass out a couple of letter to have students read what past students have said about their time as a 12 or 13 year old.

    305-325p Hand out schedules to students. If students have questions that you can not answer write it down and pass those questions on to Mr. Garner. If students have a concern with their schedule please have them fill out the request form and turn it in to Monica. Please let your students know that they are to follow their schedule until  Mr. Garner gives them a new schedule. If they did receive a new schedule from Mr. Garner, they are to follow the schedule they have.



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      Connections 8/23/2017
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      Hello Teachers,

      Welcome students to connections. Check-in with students using a question format-feel free to use this question or choose one of your own. "Would you rather have unlimited international first class ticket or never have to pay for food at restaurants? Give every student a chance to answer. 

      Pizza/Open Gym Form-Please have students fill out this form if they are getting buying food for the Open Gym night. You can read the top white sheet to the students and if you have any filled in forms with money, please hand them into Kim Brown.

      Once that is done, continue working on your group pennant. I've included the rules of the activity for your group to look over. You only have two more connections classes to complete your pennant, so use the time wisely. It will be hung up out in the atrium for all to see.

      The Pennant Challenge

      This is a team building, relational strengths exercise. 1. Each connections group will work together to design and create their own group pennant. 2. The pennant must include a group name, group symbol(s), whatever else that makes your group stand out. 3. Can use different materials to decorate the pennant, but it must fit on the pennant as it will be hung up in the foyer. 4. Both sides of the pennant must be used. 5. Your pennant is due September 6th. After today you will only have 2 other connection group times to complete this task. So today should be spent on coming up with a plan a blueprint of how your group will decorate your pennant. Once you have a plan, figure out what materials you will need for your next connections group time. If you need some supplies from the art department, please give them notice beforehand, so they can have it ready for you to pick up on Wednesday morning. They will give you what they can, but understand their supply is limited and please return supplies back to them in the same manner you got them. Asking them for supplies on the day of is too late as they have connections group to work with.

      Thanks

      Kevin

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        12's & 13 Connection/Engage Student List
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        Connection/Engage Student List 12's

        Mr. Brown/Joan He                                      Room506

        Cha, Joon Kyung

        Dai, Jason

        Karlsson, Bo Colin

        Kim, Ji Hae (Janice)

        Law, Kit Man Simon

        Liu, Sofia

        Oh, Min Gyung (Olivia)

        Seo, Do Won

        Zhang, Le Hang Yuki

        Mrs. Brown/Mr. Kloosterman                     Room321

        Blimegger, Kaitlyn Carol

        Chiang, HongYu Johnson

        Fan, Jhin Syun (Jason)

        Hsu, Ko-Chen

        Lee, Han Bin Philip

        Lin, Yan Han

        Manabe, Rei

        Murakami, Tomohiro

        Pan, Dennis

        SHUM, KWAN TO

        Tanaka, Hiroki

        Tanaka, Yoshiki

        Wang, Sze Bok (Scott)

        Wang, Sze Ki (Mary)

        Weng, Tsan Chi(Jerry)

        Winata, Anthony

        Zeng, Zi Qi

        Jin MinGeon

        Mr. Buckley/Mr. Hannon/Mrs. Huang       Room219

        Bae, Min Seo (Kelly)

        Brown, Leah

        Cho, Yip Man (Wendy)

        Deng, Yin Wai (Kitty)

        Fornoff, Vincent

        Hwang, Seo Hyun(Sally)

        Lee, Yoon Woo Joseph

        Wilson, Alicia

        Yang, Alex Yuwei

        Yoon, Chae Hyun (Rose)

        Mr. Kreller/Mrs. Remick                             Room505

        Chang, Yu Jin

        Mak, Yuan Qi (Denise)

        Mao, Chulin

        Wan, Grace

        Wang, Aris

        Xue, Jingtian (Michael)

        Zhang, Annie

        Zhou, Susan

        Zhu, Chengyi (Mario)

        Mr. Warner/Mrs. Teng                                Room415

        Chung, Pak Hong (Marco)

        Kim, Hanjun

        Kim, Sung Yoon (Lucy)

        Li, Annita

        Niu, Katherine

        Rumble, Anna

        Wu, Mian Matthew

        Ip Mun Tong

        Mr. Zheng/Mrs. Stone                                  Room219

        An, Chae Min (Rachel)

        Ben Rafael, Alon

        Jung, WooJin (Peter)

        Kim, Eun Seong (Stella)

        Li, Jane

        Li, Mei Ying (Angel)

        Pei, Fa Sing

        Remick, Zoie

        Shin, Subin

        Suzuki, Tomohiko

        Sze, Alvey

        YI, DONG HEE (Duke)

        Connections/Engage Student List 13’s

        Ms. Brown/Mrs. Portillo                                Room401

        Baek, Seung Hyeok

        Carpenter, Blake

        Iwama, Momoko

        Kim, Dou Hun (Ian)

        Kim, Dou Hyeong (Dominic)

        Kim, Jae Hoon

        KIM, Myung-Jun (Andy)

        Kim, Tae Wook

        Lau, Krystal Wing Ki

        Liu, Jeffrey

        Motwani, Ritika

        Quinn, Maylin Cassandra Eilertsen

        Suelan, Patricia Ysabelle

         

        Miss Callahan/Mrs. Hu                                  Room106

        Guy, Jack Chen

        Ibraimova, Rufina

        Khemlani, Diya

        Liu, Jui-Yu (Ray)

        Takayama, Reila

        Tang, Kwan yeung(Jacky)

        Wang, Kashing (Albert)

        Xie, Yun Liang (Wesley)

         

        Mr. Dwyer/Mrs. Kim                                                 Room408

        Chung, Hyeong Rak

        Huang, Xiaoyingzi

        Jung, Jonghyun

        Kim, Min Chae Maria

        Kim, Yeong Gi Jason

        Kim, Youll

        Ko, Dong Hyun

        Tang, Tzu Chu Evelyn

        Wong, Gloria

         

        Mr. Eckert/Miss Qiu                                      Room109

        Ang, Enzo Chang Hee

        Chan, Chiu Yu (Lumina)

        Hu, Manaen

        Jeon, Hae Ji Annie

        Jin, Eric

        Kim, Tae hoon (Alex)

        Liu, Lisa

        Maraon, Ella Hope

        Ng, Kwok Pang (Felix)

        Song, Min Seo (Rachel)

        Sugiyama, Tomoki

        Sze, Max

        Lee, Seongjun (Alex)

         

         

        Miss Griffus/Mrs. Dunn                                 Room406       

        Banek, Luka

        Barnhurst, Samuel

        Borges, Lauro Vasco Passos

        Chua, Shang Xi  Edmund

        Erwin-Billones, Ace

        Fan, Chien-Lan (Alicia)

        Garcia, Maya Lia

        Hew, Buo Chang

        Kim, A Min Angela

        Kim, Seong Ju

        Wong, Hao zhe (Oscar)          

         

        Mrs. Maheshwari/Mr. Rech/Miss Young      Room402

        Cheung, Tsz Ki (Nana)

        Deng, Grace Helen

        Hsiao, Wei Ting (Andy)

        Hwang, Woo Hyuk (Tom)

        Kim, Do Hun

        Yang, Si Won (Sean)

        Yeung, Ingrid Kai Yi

        Yu, Jun-seo (Dave)

        Zhu, Adora     

         

        Mr. Rayner/Mrs. Sherwood                           Room407

        Bae, Do Hyun

        Hsiao, Ling Shan(Sammy)

        Huang, Yun Feng (Mike)

        Jung, Soo Chan (Jerry)

        Kim, Dong Hyun

        Wu, Wen-Hsin (Emily)

        You, Sol-Ji      

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          Connections 8/30/2017
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          Hello Teachers,

          Welcome students to connections. Check-in with students using a question format-feel free to use this question or choose one of your own. "Would you rather have unlimited international first class ticket or never have to pay for food at restaurants? Give every student a chance to answer. 

          Return to the Pennant Challenge

          This is a team building, relational strengths exercise. 1. Each connections group will work together to design and create their own group pennant. 2. The pennant must include a group name, group symbol(s), whatever else that makes your group stand out. 3. Can use different materials to decorate the pennant, but it must fit on the pennant as it will be hung up in the foyer. 4. Both sides of the pennant must be used. 5. Your pennant is due September 13th. After today you will only have 2 other connection group times to complete this task. If you need some supplies from the art department, please give them notice beforehand, so they can have it ready for you to pick up on Wednesday morning. They will give you what they can, but understand their supply is limited and please return supplies back to them in the same manner you got them. Asking them for supplies on the day of is too late as they have connections group to work with.

          Thanks

          Kevin



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            Connections 9/6/2017
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            Hello Teachers,

            Welcome students to connections. Check-in with students using an activity-"Clap at the same time" Students have 3 chances to clap at the same time as the teacher. (Students figure out the best way to all be on the same page to make the clap in unison) First try no plan, second try counting 1, 2, 3, clap, and last try if needed, something else the students come up with. Reason for activity-in order for groups to work out as best as possible, groups need to be on the same page of understanding and knowing what to do. 

            Return to the Pennant Challenge

            This is a team building, relational strengths exercise. 1. Each connections group will work together to design and create their own group pennant. 2. The pennant must include a group name, group symbol(s), whatever else that makes your group stand out. 3. Can use different materials to decorate the pennant, but it must fit on the pennant as it will be hung up in the foyer. 4. Both sides of the pennant must be used. 5. Your pennant is due September 13th. After today you will only have 1 other connection group time to complete this task. If you need some supplies from the art department, please give them notice beforehand, so they can have it ready for you to pick up on Wednesday morning. They will give you what they can, but understand their supply is limited and please return supplies back to them in the same manner you got them. Asking them for supplies on the day of is too late as they have connections group to work with.

            Thanks

            Kevin


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              Connections 9/13/2017
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              Hello Teachers,

              Welcome students to connections. Check-in with students using a question and answer time. Ask this questions, "What at school makes you stressed out?" Go around the room giving each student an opportunity to speak. Listen to what they say and the body language they say it in. It can open up tons of conversation and connecting. After everyone has had a chance to answer move to the next activity.

              Return to the Pennant Challenge

              This is a team building, relational strengths exercise. 1. Each connections group will work together to design and create their own group pennant. 2. The pennant must include a group name, group symbol(s), whatever else that makes your group stand out. 3. Can use different materials to decorate the pennant, but it must fit on the pennant as it will be hung up in the foyer. 4. Both sides of the pennant must be used. 5. Your pennant is due September 15th. This is the last connection time you can use to complete your group's pennant. After today you will only have 1 Engage group time this Friday to complete this task before you must turn it in. I have given out paint supplies, if you still need some paint let me know by the end of today(Tuesday) so I can have it ready for you on Wednesday morning. I look forward to seeing the great pennants your group came up with. Let's get this done and move on.

              Thanks

              Kevin

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                Connections 9/20/2017
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                Hello Teachers,

                Welcome students to connections time. Start with a starter question and go around the room having students answer the questions. Here's your question or you can use another question of your choice,"Would you rather die by elephant stampede or by being eaten by sharks?" Allow all students an opportunity to share their answer. 

                Connections challenge activity: Each advisory class will be given an index card (can pick up an index card in my office). The challenge is to have as many students touching the index card without touching each other. Any part of a student is allowed to touch another student while touching the index card.The connection group that has the most students touching the index card and not each other wins. Teachers will post on wechat to show proof. I will create a connections/engage wechat group so as not to bother main group wechat and that we can use for future connection challenges.

                Reflection: Why do this activity? How can you be a team member even though there is no space for you to place your hand on the paper? What ways can you show support of your connections group?

                 

                 

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                  Connections 9/27/2017
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                  Hello Teachers,

                  Here's your starter question for your group. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Why? "Females are taught from young ages that the proper thing to do is to play quietly and always get along and be soft and gentle. Males on the other hand are often encouraged to be competitive, unrelenting, vicious, and to play aggressively. Not everyone falls into these gender stereotypes, but many do. It effects our communications." 

                  I am attaching a powerpoint as the activity. It's called Battle of the Sexes. It's for fun and gives the students something to think about. On the powerpoint I've included the reflection question.

                  Thanks,

                  Kevin

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                  Connections 10/11/2017
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                  Hello Teachers,

                  Please have students watch video Moodle Grades. It is a quick video that goes over how a student can look at their completed unit grades. Where to find your grades and how to access them. This allows them to know at any time how they are doing educationally and puts that education in their hands. After the video, hand out the questions form to each student and if students have a digital device with them, have them go through and see if they can access their moodle grades.  

                   

                  Once students understand how to access their grades via their own moodle account, They are to  answer all the questions on the form and turn it in to you next Wednesday 9/18/2017. This is their homework for the week. They will hand in a completed form to you. 

                   

                  Next week's Advisory Plan 

                   

                  Collect the completed form and turn in to counselor. After this is done, create a discussion of why it is important for them to check on their grades and know where they stand academically with each of their teachers. How does knowing your grades help you to build goals for the next quintile? Are there any changes you can make now to be more successful in the future? 

                   

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                  Connections 10/18/2017
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                  Hello Teachers,

                  We are continuing to help our students find their own grades and take responsibility for their own education. Our goal is for each student to be able to view their grades via their own moodle page as well as how to access and understand their grades to be able to explain it. Please collect the completed form and turn it in to room 418. These forms are kept on file as acknowledgement of students’ understanding of their grades and finding it on moodle.

                  Discussion/Activity: Here are 2 different ways to start discussion. Feel free to use these or do one of your own.

                  Discussion/Activity1: Make up your own simile sentence

                  • A grade of A is like riding a horse up a steep mountain or kayaking down a treacherous waterfall
                  • Receiving a grade of B is like being stung by a bumblebee on the tongue or sticking your tongue on a frozen pole
                  • A letter D on your status report is like being surrounded in a lake full of alligators, (oh and you can’t swim) or being surrounding by sharks in a boat with no paddles, 5 km off shore (oh and your boat just sprang a leak the size of your hand)
                  • Have students come up with one for grade letters H and P

                  Discussion/Activity2: This activity you can break up the group into different teams of 2 or 3 and have them answer the questions with the time allotted. Have them show their answers and give points if they got them correct and go over the answers with them.

                  • You have 10 seconds to explain what an H is at QSI-Go
                  • You have 5 seconds to list all the letter grades QSI offers-Go
                  • You have 10 seconds to give 5 descriptors of QSI’s letter grade D-Go (descriptors must start with d-delinquent, disturbed, distressed, defeated, depressed, etc.)
                  • You have 15 seconds to come up with as many B words that represent an explanation of QSI’s letter B grade-Go (Beautiful, Bad, Busy, Bothersome, Boring, Bonus, etc. Pick out 2 words for them to explain to the class before giving them the points)

                  That's it. Quick 20 minutes of getting students to think about the next quintile and how they can improve themselves with your help, of course.

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                    Connections 10/25/2017
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                    Hello Teachers,

                    This week is Connections Challenge. So here's the challenge...

                    This activity can be done by one person, but it takes a whole team to accomplish the task and complete the challenge.  A group must work together to create sculptures and objects using only their bodies.  Of course teamwork and togetherness are the most important elements needed for the success of this activity.

                    Objective:  To work as a team to create group sculptures that includes everyone in the group.The first team to create and complete each sculpture in order wins. After each structure is made a photo needs to be taken and shared on the Connection/Engage wechat to show the rest of the groups. If you are not on the wechat let me know and we can add you.

                    Group size:  Connection group

                    Materials:  none

                    Description: Each sculpture must include everyone in the group and may be moving or still. Order of structures are: typewriter, bulldozer, computer, sink, helicopter, shower, refrigerator, and sofa. The first team to complete all structures and share on wechat wins.

                    Reflection questions: Discuss some of the questions

                    1)      Did everyone feel included in this activity?  Why or why not?

                    2)      How did you decide who did what in your group?

                    3)      How do you usually make decisions when with a group?  Is this a good or bad way?  Why?

                    4)      What are some good ways to make decisions as a group?

                    That's it. Good Luck!!!

                     

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                      Connections 11/01/2017
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                      Hello Teachers,

                      November’s Success Orientation is Responsibility, which is perfect as we enter into our week without walls trips. Let’s take the time to remind our students about the reason for these trips and the behavior that should take place while on the trip.

                       

                      Activity1

                      Here is a video you can use to help teach about responsibility. I like this movie that’s really why I picked it as it shows both responsible and non-responsible behavior.

                      Coach Carter

                      Discuss and Reflect on Responsibility. Here are some questions

                      • What is a student’s biggest responsibility while on a week without walls trip?
                      • How does responsibility look when on your trip?
                      • How can you show responsibility to your teacher/guide/chaperone?
                      • Do you owe it to your classmates to be responsible on this trip? Why or why not?

                      Help prepare our students to take the responsibility to learn for themselves and to take advantage of the opportunity they have been given. Understand not everyone has opportunities such as these.

                       

                      Activity2

                      My equation for student Success is having these top ten rules to follow in order:

                      1. Be your own advocate. Let the teacher know who you are…in a good way.
                      2. Ask lots of Questions and show confusion appropriately.
                      3. Communicate your struggles to your teachers. What is going on that is affecting your work?    
                      4. Think of school as your office in training. Are you a good co-worker?
                      5. Dress for success, but don’t panic, you don’t have to wear a suit to be taken seriously. Dress in a manner that shows your seriousness to your craft. Learning in the classroom.
                      6. At least do the minimum so you aren’t creating gaps that are harder to bridge later. Better yet, do more than expected.
                      7. Sweat a little. School is your brain gym. You have to work out your muscles, make them a little sore, if you’re going to lift a heavier load later on.
                      8. Find ways to relate to your reading and writing. What original thoughts and experiences can you bring to the lesson to make it come alive for yourself?
                      9. Be in class. Don’t jeopardize your own training.
                      10. Surround yourself with other students who can help you. You don’t have to be best friends with everyone you seek advice from, but find friends or acquaintances that are rooting for you, the best you.

                      Do students agree or disagree. Have students write their own top ten responsibilities list for school success.

                      Thanks,

                      Kevin

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                        Connections 11/14/2017
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                        Connections Group Activity

                        Responsibility

                         

                        Responsibility Summary: The group figures out how to juggle as many balls (instead of balls-make balls by wadding a piece of paper into a ball) as possible.

                         

                        Time used for the activity: 12 minutes with 8 minutes reflection

                         

                        Directions:

                        • Have group form a circle
                        • Introduce one wadded up paper to the group (ball-represents a responsibility in their life. Name it as you give it to the group to juggle)
                        • Instruct the group to throw the ball to anyone in the group except for the person next to them
                        • Once they complete the exercise have them do it again but this time keep introducing ball after ball until the group begins dropping them
                        • They must throw to the same person each time
                        • Stop the group and have them brain storm how they can handle the added balls
                        • Each ball juggled represents: classes, relationships, family, friends, coach, sports, etc.

                         

                        The goal of the group is to create a process for handling the additional balls.

                        Discussion:

                        • Discuss the importance of responsibility to all members of the group-How did the group do in demonstrating responsibility to all members of the group as they tried to juggle the balls?
                        • Identify 3 ways you show responsibility towards your teachers, towards friends, and to self?

                        End of Session