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‘Tis the season to celebrate and what better way to show our festiveness than by wearing a holiday sweater., but we take our celebration a step further. We don’t limit ourselves to ‘ugly Christmas sweaters’ but branch out to include any holiday this season!

This year, the LHS Annual Holiday Sweater day will be on December 12th. To add a layer of fun, we will make it a competition with the following five categories: All around ugliest, Most original, Most festive, Most likely to go viral on social media, and Most ridiculous – more details to come.   MG

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Library/Study Rooms/Lab Sign Ups

Sign ups are done via Google Sheets.  


Sign up for only what you need. This year, the computer labs, library and flex lab are all on one self-serve calendar--you do not need to fill out a request form to sign up for the flex lab.


Do NOT delete, touch, highlight, change, etc...any other box!  If a box has any color in it, or writing, please do NOT change it. 


This is a shared document, and any changes you make affect the rest of the staff.  If you accidentally move something or mess something up, step away from the document and call Amy at x7752 immediately.


Thanks for abiding by the above to make things run as smoothly and effectively as possible.

2018-19 Conference & Sun Room

Sign Ups for Sun Rooms are restricted to Admin and SPED. If you'd like to make a reservation, please contact a librarian at x7731 or x7752.

Make-Up Test Sign Ups

Here are four easy steps to use this resource:  

1) Check the Make-up Test Sign Up google doc and click on the desired date tab to make sure there is space available.

2) Confirm, in-person, that the student can attend on a particular day and write their first and last name on the google doc to reserve a spot.

3) Complete the half sheet Make-up Test Request form (located by the sign in counter in the office).  Attach the original to the make-up test and give the yellow copy to the student Inform the student they MUST bring the yellow slip along with a student ID.   

4) Paperclip the original Make-up Test Request form to the test and put it in an inter-office envelope (located near sign in sheets) and put it in Miko Otoshi’s mailbox the following deadline:

Tests must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. the day before the Make-up Test date. (Make-up tests for Monday must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. on the previous Friday. Tests for Wednesday must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday.)

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Issue 4| November 30, 2018 | Lynbrook High School

We are preparing our students for a world that is rapidly changing. Some of our students will work in fields that do not exist right now. Our focus on teaching students the 4C's (Collaboration, Communication, Citizenship/Character, Creative/Critical Thinking) along with content area knowledge and skills will ensure that our students are well prepared for life beyond Lynbrook.

The more we emphasize the importance of the 4C's and explicitly teach and assess them, the more students will understand how vital the 4C's are to their future success.

We will continue to approach teaching and learning through the lens of the 4C's.  Next semester, plan to work with your course-alike team and your department to teach collaboration skills and assess students using the collaboration rubric. This concerted effort will let students know that developing soft skills is an important part of their education.

The graphic above comes from iCIMS. This research uncovers the specific types of soft skills employers are looking for, how employers evaluate these kinds of skills in a potential employee, and how soft skills affect career advancement.

Kind reminders & things to know

Fire Drill Tuesday, December 4

A fire drill is scheduled for Tuesday, December 4, 2018, during 5th period.  Look for a follow-up email on Monday. The drill may be postponed due to weather.

Next Department Lead Meeting 12/4

The December DL meeting is on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, from 3:15-4:05 p.m. in Library Study 2.  Department Leads can expect an email from David Erwin with a link to the agenda. Be sure to make a note of the meeting on January 8, 2019. It is our second day back from break.

Homeroom & WASC Mid-term Survey on Wednesday 12/12

Students will be sent a survey link to their school emails. Because some homerooms have plans set in motion for December 7, we will not administer the survey during Homeroom.  The survey will be administered on December 12, 2018, at the end of 4th period.  On that day there will be no morning announcements.  At 10:25 am, a special announcement will be made prompting students to use either their phones or Chromebooks to access their school email to access the link for the survey. Students can leave for Tutorial when they have completed the survey. There will be no loss of class instructional minutes. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

The brief survey for staff will also be emailed out on December 12, 2018. It should take less than 5 minutes to complete.

Staff Meeting in January-- mark your calendar

There is no staff meeting in December, so mark your calendar now for the prep period staff meeting on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, in  LIbrary Study 2.

Wear your holiday sweater to PD 12/12

We are meeting in the library on Wednesday, December 12 for our Whole-staff PD session. See you at 7:45 am and wear your fav holiday sweater. Come ready to give Wong & Erwin some comp.

Get ready for Saturday with Santa on 12/8

Santa will be making a special pre-Christmas stop at 9 am in the Lynbrook Library. Join us for food, crafts and a visit from Santa Claus on Saturday, December 8th from 9:00 - 10:30 am. Please drop off a wrapped and labeled gift for each child you are bringing to the event with Jackie Perez at the Guidance Office.

Staff Holiday Breakfast on Friday 12/21

The Staff Holiday Breakfast is being hosted by the ladies this year.  Not having a cafeteria does complicate things a bit, but we are being flexible and creative. Come to Library Study 1 & 2 at 8 am to start the morning and end the semester with a warm meal and some Viking togetherness. Ladies, if you will be working on Friday, December 21st, please sign up for a potluck item.  Click here to access the google sign-up form.

Above & Beyond Props

Congratulations to Mike Pakaluk

Our very own, Mr. Mike Pakaluk has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the CMEA Bay Section Outstanding Orchestra Educator Award. This award will be presented to him at the CMEA Bay Section Winter Conference on Friday, Jan 11.

Nominations for Employees of the Year for 2019

It's that time of year again..... we are accepting nominations for the 2018-2019 Lynbrook Certificated and Classified Employees of the Year. Click here to submit your nomination by December 13, 2018.

Welcome the newest Viking

Steven and Amity Roy are thrilled to announce the arrival of Aveline Mackenzie Roy. She was born on Monday, November 26, 2018, and weighed in at a healthy 7lbs 5oz. The family is joyful and settling into the rhythm of their new life. 

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Our brains are wired to forget, but there are research-backed strategies you can use to make your teaching stick. Teachers have long known that rote memorization can lead to a superficial grasp of material that is quickly forgotten.


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Many would agree that for inquiry to be alive and well in a classroom that, amongst other things, the teacher needs to be expert at asking strategic questions. With that in mind, if you are a new teacher or perhaps not so new but know that question-asking is an area where you'd like to grow, start tomorrow with these five ideas.

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Mailing address: Lynbrook High School, 1280 Johnson Ave, San Jose, CA, 95129, US


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