Thursday, July 3, 2008

From Ms. Kahn

Hello Ivy Leaguers! This blogging is all new to me but I have to say that I've really enjoyed reading your reflections on the classes, studying, and the college environment in general. It sounds as though you are managing your time well and have been able to prioritize studying, social time and time to relax. Wendy - you have learned something that many people never learn: the skill of empathic communication (EARs). Theresa, Lucina, Jeannie, and Chelsea - I am impressed that you found the test easy. What would you share with the students at PVHS about taking a college level test?
Keep up the good work!
From Pinole, Ms. Kahn

1 comment:

Charles Ramsey said...

Thanks Sue for your words of encouragement for the students. All of them have committed themselves to performing at their best. I have seen their development and growth during the past two weeks. They have embraced the blog and written insightful messages. My hope is that they will continue to share their impressions and thoughts during the final week of class.

They are seeing first hand how this experience goes very quickly and how they need to take advantage of the opportunity. I am pleased that they have not lost sight of the big picture and that they have seized on the chance to make an impression on College Administrators, professors and admission officers.

On Monday, Cornell University has a College Fair. It is my hope that each of our students in our ILC program will venture over to event and spend time learning what Admission Officers want in a college application. I have asked each of them to share their transcripts, SAT Scores and personal statement with the College Representatives.

With only a week left there is limited opportunity to learn much more, but what they have learned will last a lifetime. I know that in their final days they will attempt to see more and educate themselves about what Cornell has to offer as an academic institution. I do also hope that they will return to Pinole Valley High School and engage other students. I want them to challenge their colleagues and try to enlighten them about the rigor of college and the dedication it takes to make it at the next level.

Thanks again, Ms. Kahn for sharing your thoughts. You are our first principal who has weighed in with the students. Talk with you soon.

Charles T. Ramsey
School Board Member
West Contra Costa
Unified School District