Class hours: 9:40 – 2:05
- Midterm Day 4!
- Draft presentations today at 10:00!
- Remember you are welcome to work on the Midterm at home. You have today, (the weekend), and Monday left to work.
- Remember your Worker Trait component this week connects to your Midterm grade. We had 4 students late yesterday either in the AM / after break / after lunch. Just be aware, and no complaining when you see the grades. Someone who never has their headphones left out had their headphones left out yesterday. Watch volume even though you are all doing well helping each other. Don’t try to quickly eat or drink in the room, you aren’t fooling anyone. I see you.
9:40 Attendance and Article (somewhat subjective / bordering on Editorial, but still interesting)
9:45 2019 Cawd Midterm
Draft Presentations at 10:00 this morning.
10:00 End of the Week Update
Before we get into presentations I want to talk a bit about two upcoming issues we need to be ready for, SkillsUSA Design Competitions and ehs schedule.
SkillsUSA Design Competitions
~ Nothing to decide today, but think as we have to decide on Tuesday ~
Cawd takes part in the SkillsUSA Design Competitions. Over the years Cawd has represented Vermont in a number of disciplines. In the summer of 2017 students from Cawd were the National Champions in Web Design and 3D Animation concurrently. These are great feathers to put in your caps when applying for college.
On Tuesday after we present our Midterms for Final Grade, we are going to create our teams that will help shape what you focus on during portions of Cawd’s third quarter.
We strongly recommend you pick a content area and design competition to take part in which you think you may want to pursue in college and as a career. These experiences will allow you to focus on specific areas, and really find out if you enjoy them.
- Teams of 2
- Focus in 3rd quarter will be learning as much as you can to get you up to speed.
- Web Design is going to have the most direct application to the local Burlington / Vermont jobs market. We have somewhere around 15 former students working at Dealer. Making good money, indoor gym and tennis courts, mini-golf course on the roof, etc.
- You will be learning new tools and techniques, and applying them in a series of practice projects.
- This competition is an 8 hour event. You sit down, are given a task, and must design and program it by the end of 8 hours.
- Teams of 2-4
- Task is creating a sample or prototype video game for the state competition in April.
- You will be learning new tools and techniques, creating, and managing your team to success.
- In this competition the building of the Game takes place before the state competition. The state competition is then used to pitch to industry judges, who determine who is State Champion.
3D Visualization and Animation
- Teams of 2
- Task will be creating a series of animations over the quarter to prepare you the state competition. You will have specific practice projects assigned to get experience with new tools, as well as experience working with each other.
- This competition is an 8 hour event. You sit down, are given a task, and must design, model, animate, render, edit and export it by the end of 8 hours.
The Capstone Option
For students that don’t want to take part in a design competition, you will be working on an independently chosen project. The project lives and dies in the classroom. Nothing wrong with this, but you don’t get to work collaboratively, and you don’t get to build your resume and portfolio.
What interests you?
- You don’t need to say “yes” to the first person/group that asks you.
- You do want to push yourself out of your comfort zone to grow creatively, academically, and professionally.
- You can do this.
1. Attack of the Killer B’s
First, starting today, we have 3 B days in a row. From our CTE Director:
Due to the snow day yesterday, EHS is altering their schedule.
Instead of a Monday 1/14 being the first day of exams it will be a normal class day; however they are making that day a B Day. EHS Exams will now begin on Tuesday 1/15.
In order to stay in line with EHS and to minimize the amount of disruption/confusion we will mirror EHS’s schedule. This means Friday 1/11, Monday 1/14 and Tuesday 1/15 will all be B Days for our students.
OH the wonder of snow days……
2. Ehs exams
Again, from our CTE Director:
The following message was sent to all EHS/CTE students and parents.
Please be sure you remind students who need a ride to sign up for one in the CTE Main Office each morning of exams week before 10am. Essex High School will be conducting Semester Exams January 15-18.
The exam schedule is:
- Tuesday 1/15 8:00 – 10 A 1-2 Test 10:45 – 12:45 B 1-2 Test
- Wednesday 1/16 8:00 – 10 A 3-4 Test 10:45 – 12:45 B 3-4 Test
- Thursday 1/17 8:00 – 10 A5-6 Test 10:45 – 12:45 B5-6 Test
- Friday 1/18 8:00-10 A7-8 Test 10:45 – 12:45 B7-8 Test
EHS Students who are enrolled in CTE Programs are expected to attend CTE if they do not have an exam. On days they do have an exam, they are expected to return to their CTE program once they have completed their exam.
Busing for EHS students enrolled in CTE will be provided as usual at the end of the CTE day.
Essex, Georgia, Islands and Westford buses will depart at 2:45.
Those Essex students who need a bus home during exams week should sign up for a bus in the CTE main office each morning by 10am so we can inform the transportation office.
10:10 Draft Midterm Presentations
We are going to do Rose and Thorn presentations. If called upon (2 students per presenter) what is:
- 1 element you really like about the students project.
- 1 element you would change about the students project.
When we are complete (before or after break I don’t know) we will get right back to Midterms.