I am completing my review of the draft CAS portfolios over the weekend, and will have all of them available for pickup by Tuesday. Mrs. Kraft and I will be holding the CAS exit interviews after school from April 14 through April 25. On the week of April 21-25, we will also be holding a limited number of interviews during lunch. Mrs. Bell has the sign-up sheet in her room, and you can make an appointment during TOK. Please bring your CAS portfolio, which we will briefly review before the interview. Usually, these meetings last from five to ten minutes.
The final CAS portfolio will be due to me on Tuesday, April 29, no later than 4:30pm. This portfolio will include your 500-550 word final reflective essay.
I look forward to our meeting and finding out all the great activities you have been pursuing.
I hope your spring semester is going well as you prepare for your IB and AP exams. As you complete your 3-4 hours of CAS each week, don’t forget that the time allotment includes planning and reflection. Also, don’t forget to complete the reflection sheets and supervisor evaluation forms as soon as an activity is over. Our end of year CAS check will be here before you know it. I will be doing the meetings in my classroom, Room 523, after school May 19-27. Be sure to bring your up-to-date CAS portfolio. See you then!
I have updated the CAS Handbook and the CAS Paperwork on my website. I am still reading senior CAS portfolios, which will be returned before spring break. Final portfolios, including the reflective essay, will be due no later than 2:30 on March 28.
Applications should be available today for a summer course on entrepreneurship and sustainability at UF. It includes 80 hours of community service applicable to Bright Futures and CAS.
Sustainable Tallahassee is setting up “EcoTeams,” which could provide an introduction to some solid self-initiated CAS projects. Information is available at the Sustainable Tallahassee website: http://sustainabletallahassee.org/EcoTeams
I absolutely must have all of the senior CAS draft portfolios by tomorrow. As I explained to the first and fifth period TOK classes, I will be holding the CAS portfolios at home over the break, when I will be reading all of them carefully and marking demonstrated learning outcomes on the rubric. At the end of the break, I will bring the portfolios back to school, and Mrs. Kraft will read them. You will have the CAS portfolios back by the end of January. You will need to update the portfolios through March as you complete your CAS.
For students who neglected to copy materials needed for Bright Futures applications, I will have the portfolios at school for the rest of the week, but the portfolios themselves will not leave my classroom. As of Friday afternoon, I will be taking the CAS portfolios home, and they will be unavailable until Mrs. Kraft is finished reading them in January.
The Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network is doing a “paddle pickup” at Lake Munson on Saturday, 28 September. Please make contact with Kelly Langston at (850) 717-8702 if you are interested. The event will include kayak training and clean up of the lake, and therefore can count as either creativity and service.