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Overnight

“Our education would be quite a failure if we turned out nonentities without color or character or individuality.”        – Janet Erskine Stuart For years, Mr. Sergio Vasquez, our Campus Minister, and Mr. Ren Marquette, our Dean, have kicked around the idea of an all-school camping trip.  I was always the “wet sock” […]

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New Employee Orientation 2013-14

New Employee Orientation 2013-14, a set on Flickr. Schools of the Sacred Heart San Francisco welcome about two dozen new faculty and staff for the new academic year. Get to know them here.

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Community

My grandmother died several years ago.  While it was not a surprise, I was still overcome.  Throw in some tricky details and the fact that my parents were out of the country when it happened, and I had a relatively full plate with her death. I was still in the “business world” at the time, […]

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Backwards Design

“Backwards Design” refers to the pedagogical approach of designing curriculum by thinking of the destination or goal first, and then creating lessons that ensure students reach that goal.  An important element to the approach involves developing assessments that display the degree to which the desired results have been achieved. A Backwards Design curriculum helps a […]

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Blue Moon

Provided the weather holds, tomorrow night we will be treated to a “blue moon” — our second full moon within a calendar month (the term used to refer to the fourth full moon of a lunar cycle, but I’m sure English majors like me complained that such a definition required too much Math).  The last […]

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Etan Patz

In Manhattan on May 25, 1979, Etan Patz managed to convinced his parents to let him walk to the bus stop on his own for the first time.   The 6 year-old boy was never seen again.  In San Francisco back in 1984, Kevin Collins was walking to the 43 bus stop on Oak and Masonic […]

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Gordy

As some of you may know, I was in the for-profit education industry for several years prior to coming to The Hall.  One of the reasons I was hesitant to pursue the world of schools was that I was concerned about entering an “institution”.  In the for-profit world, I learned to adapt; I learned that […]

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Boys and Elephants

On Monday we had two fairly impressive observances during our assembly — our annual induction of students into the Morningstar Chapter of the National Honor Society, and our Junior Leadership Ceremony.  Both were held in the Church across the street. A notable element of the NHS induction was the incorporation of student speeches.  Each of […]

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Lazarus and Mike Buckley

Father Dan Nascimento over at St. Brendan Church provided an interesting take on the story of Lazarus last Sunday by introducing some lines from “Calvary” by W. B. Yeats.  The poem relates an imagined conversation between Lazarus and Jesus, and I have to say it runs completely perpendicular to any interpretation I’ve ever had about […]

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Cross-Cultural Competency

When Pat Bassett writes of his “5 C’s + 1” — his list of essential skills that need to be developed in a 21st Century education, the “+1” is “Cosmopolitanism,” (also defined as “Cross-Cultural Competency”).  His blog about this particular piece of the puzzle can be found here. Cross-Cultural Competency.  “Cosmopolitanism”.  The idea that, in […]

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