The Final Four (Bigger than March Madness)

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

Apr 26

I am not a sports enthusiast. I played sports in high school; I love athletic competition, but I am not the type of person to spend an afternoon watching televised sports.

Still, I have an appreciation for the anticipation of the final brackets - who will be the winner and who will go on hoping for glory in another year. For the college basketball enthusiast, March Madness marks the anticipation of the final brackets and is synonymous with the sweet sixteen and the final four.

During this May, every student at Berry Academy is currently working at the final four weeks of the 2014-2015 school year, is involved in a competition of greater importance than March Madness, and needs to finish strong in order to ensure his or her future competitive edge.

It is for this reason that I have created an online spreadsheet so that students can calculate what scores they need to obtain both in the final quarter and on the final exam in order to achieve their desired final grade. Please click on the CALCULATOR and have this very important discussion with your child. Also, please ensure your child does not exceed 10 absences - the minimum number of missed days allowed within a class.

Finally, as the year closes up, students are finishing different projects. The one semester class is completing their TEDx presentations, and during the final four weeks, they will be introduced to the basics of both SPAR and Lincoln-Douglas debate. Likewise, during the the final four weeks, students in the year long course will be finishing their Lincoln-Douglas debates and completing a short lesson on leadership and leadership styles, applying what they have learned to how they may lead others in the future.​

It has been an exciting school year, and I hope for a strong finish from all my students.​

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