Model United Nations update

Last month, the HPSH Model United Nations team competed at the Model UN conference hosted by the University of Chicago. This prestigious conference, known as MUNUC, was held at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Downtown Chicago. Twenty-four students, accompanied by two chaperones, enjoyed the interesting topics discussed at the conference and and participating in the act of role-playing as the countries of Hungary and Samoa. Highland delegates participating in a variety of committees, from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to the GA. Attendees were also able to enjoy the historic hotel and some popular Chicago attractions such as the Navy Pier and the world-famous Chicago Bean in Millennium Park. The advisor of this club, Ms. Rise, said she had an “absolute blast” in Chicago with her students. The other chaperone on the trip was Mr. Zeitchick’s former student teacher, Ms. Allie Meyer. Both Rise and Meyer loved their time being in charge of the delegation.

Back in Minnesota on Thursday March 12th, the MUN team competed in their final state conference of the year at Metropolitan State University. This went very well for the students in attendance. It was great to socialize with some people from their two previous conferences while discussing the merits of repatriation and refugees.

If you are interested in joining the Model UN team for the 2015-2016 school year, inquire with James Farnsworth or Kari Rise in Room 2201.

 

iPad tips

heroNow that the entire student population of HPHS has an iPad in their own possession, there are some tips I’d like to highlight about the devices. Here are the top 5 things to know about SPPS iPads:

5) Use it as much as possible. Remember that whenever the red sign isn’t displayed in the classroom, your iPad can be out and in use. It has the capability to replace most of your paper, don’t let the simplicity of a notebook hold you back.

4) Note-taking. Evernote, Bamboo Paper, Pages, Google Docs and Notes all make for an easy and simple lecture. Just turn the iPad where it’s easiest for you to type and then go to town.

3) AirDrop. Use it as a tool, not a distraction. It can easily help you accomplish tasks. If you missed a day of class, have a friend drop you the notes or a teacher AirDrop the assignment that you missed.

2) “They’re watching you….” Teachers can use Casper Focus to see what you are doing, lock your iPad or lock you into a specific app of their choosing. Through Mobile Device Management, the district, with probable cause, can view you browser/download history and where you have been connected to a network. They also scan each iPad every 24 hours to see if you have downloaded one of the banned apps found at bit.ly/notapps.

1) iPads are a privilege, not a right. Use them the wrong way and continue to abuse your privileges and consequences will be handed to you about as quickly as your iPad was given to you. Use it as tool and avoid the game section of the App Store.

Homecoming 2014

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2014-2015 HPSH Student Council Executive Board

Over the weekend of September 26th-28th, many different homecoming activities occurred.

The festivities opened with a riveting Pepfest with fantastic performances from the Football team, and the HPDT (Highland Park Dance Team). The fall sports captains recapped their first few games/meets and previewed the rest of their seasons.

The coronation ceremony also was very exciting! Congrats to the following students for being chosen for homecoming court:

  • Freshmen: Josh Aune & Ashley Krois
  • Sophomores: Nathan Hernandez & Teagan Riley
  • Juniors: Max Muter & Alex Frye
  • Seniors: Kwashon Collins & Claire Oberman

The outside of school activities kicked off with a “Blast From The Past” dance on Friday night in the fieldhouse gym. The DJ provided the music and the students provided the fun. It was a great chance for students to socialize and have fun! It was an absolute success and everyone in attendance had a blast. If you missed out on this event, don’t frown because there will be more dances this year.

Everything picked up right where it left off on Saturday morning with a tailgating event in the front of the school, by the School House. The following clubs had booths: Model UN, Youth In Government, FFA, Choir, GSA, The Plaid Line (of course!) and more! There were lots of items for sale to help support HP activities.

Afterwards, the Highland Scots squared off in a battle against the St. Croix Central Panthers’ football team. The Scots ended up being outmatched, but the great crowd stuck around to cheer on their classmates, and the team rewarded their fans with a late touchdown to get on the board. A 42-6 loss was disappointing, but at least everybody enjoyed cheering on the Mighty Scots!

Happy Homecoming, HP!

Meet the new administration: Mr. Sager

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Last week, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Mr. Sager, who is a new admin at Highland this year and will be in charge of the Freshman and Sophomore classes.

Mr. Sager, who is looking forward to finally working with high school students and discussing their future with them, decided to be an administrator after he was left wanting more responsibility after a few years of being a social studies teacher. He said that he loved teaching and misses it at times, but is very happy to be at HP. He hopes that people learn that he is very approachable and isn’t there just to discipline students.

Sager, who participated in FFA and a multitude of sports in high school wishes he had iPads during that time. He has high hopes for the implementation of technology at HP and believes that it will help students stay organized, just like it has already helped him, and that it will severely cut back on the amount of paper that needs to be constantly being exchanged between students and staff.

Sager also has very strong beliefs that a great member of an administrative team must be consistent, compassionate and operate with honesty, integrity and dependability. He gathers his inspiration from his family and the Livestrong Foundation motto, “Unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything.” He also drives himself to live “everyday with integrity, strength and, most importantly, values.”

 

Meet the new administration: Dr. Shipp

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I sat down for an interview. Dr. Shipp, who has been in the district for 25 years, is a new admin at Highland this year and will be managing the Junior and Senior classes.

Dr. Shipp, is eager to get to know the staff she will be working with and build relationships with students. She decided to be an administrator after discovering her love for working and developing students during her work as a school social worker. She hopes that people learn that she is very shy but hopes to get to know all the students she works with.

Shipp, who played the flute and participated in Student Council in high school is excited about the implementation of iPads this November. She has high hopes for technology at HP and believes that it will help students become true global citizens and put Highland on the same playing field as schools around the world. She also thinks that it will be a “game changer” in individualized instruction.

Dr. Shipp also believes that a great administrator must follow all aspects of the IB learner profile. “Perhaps the greatest aspect is to be a communicator, which means to not only be a good speaker but a superb listener,” said Shipp. She also thinks that broad knowledge and political savvy are important in being able to understand people’s views. She garners inspiration from the following quote from George Washington Carver: “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom”. She interprets this quote to mean that without education, a person becomes imprisoned within their own mind.

You can contact Dr. Shipp at: deborah.shipp@spps.org, 651-744-4655