As you know, Finals are this week. Notice we didn't say "Final exams". There's a reason for that...
Teachers have the freedom to use finals time as they see fit to meet the needs of students. It may be a final project, presentation, lesson, activity...it does not necessarily have to be an exam. The expectation of teachers is what it always is, which is the time is to be used effectively.
Education has evolved and given an emphasis on using a variety of forms of assessment, the notion that a final has to be an exam is outdated. Also, with consistent checking for understanding, the need for high stakes tests aren't as necessary as they may have been in the past. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding over 90 days each semester.
One counter to this is that it doesn't prepare students for college. However, more college courses are moving away from heavily weighted final exams. Additionally, colleges don't have the consistent checking for understanding methods that high school employs.
We have also found that high stakes exams can have an impact on our students due to the heightened anxiety they bring.
Finally (no pun intended), with the freedom teachers have, they also still have the freedom to give a final exam. The decision is ultimately up to the individual teacher.
So whatever form your final takes, do your best, good luck and remember...it's all done next Tuesday!
GATEWAY TO SUCCESS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ALHAMBRA
FIRE DEPARTMENT, YMCA OF WEST SAN GABRIEL, AND
ALHAMBRA POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE HOSTING THE
ANNUAL SPARK OF LOVE TOY DRIVE AND NEED YOUR
Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at any of the donation bins
located at all Alhambra Unified School sites, Alhambra Fire
Department, YMCA of West San Gabriel Valley, and Alhambra
At MKHS, donations can be dropped off in the Spark of Love box in the School Counseling office. Thank you!
Good evening Aztec families. This is Principal Scanlan with an important message. The new drop off and pick up procedures that were to go into effect beginning tomorrow are now on hold. Later tonight, as part of our weekly communication, you will receive a pre-recorded message reminding you that the procedures will be going into place. However, the procedures are now on hold. We apologize for any confusion.
As a reminder, Halloween costumes worn at school still need to comply with school dress code. If found to be in violation, students will be required to change into clothes provided by the school. If you plan to wear a costume to school on Halloween, please make sure it complies with school dress code.
The Uninvited, Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28th at 7:30 PM. For more information please go to MKHS.myschoolCentral.COM