Expectations and Etiquette: Excellence Always.
Education should be treated with respect at all times. Your "subfusc" will be a button-down shirt, school tie, tied, pants (or skirts for the ladies), blazer, and shoes. No hip-hop hoodies or flip-flops. In shop class you’ll wear your jumpsuit instead of a blazer. You need to be serious about learning, and should expect to spend at least one hour for each subject outside of class–set aside the time, and devote yourself to focusing on the task at hand. No cell phone, or... look, a squirrel!
All notes, class assignments, and homework will be written out long-hand, in a notebook. We provide you with a fountain pen to give you the tactile feel of forming words, shooting from the shoulder as it were. Sit up straight, at your desk, and write with your whole body. Learning should involve every sense intensely. All-in, all-out.
Homework reading assignments need your undivided attention, in a quiet place, in at least half hour sessions at a minimum, one hour the recommended maximum. Longer than that and you can’t concentrate; shorter and you don’t have enough time to settle in. You should also try to read aloud, to yourself or to a friend, on a regular basis which we will do in class every day. We recommend twenty minute sessions–hearing your own voice and the rhythm of the words will give you a better feeling for the material and become a transformative experience.
You can always drop by after school (or call on weekends) to discuss an assignment, or any problems you may be having with a lesson, something in your own life, or with the business end of an angle grinder. Make sure you respect yourself enough to be on time, present, prepared, open to reflection, and willing to take any constructive criticism to heart.
A day in the life of a Wiseacre.*
At 7:00 am the American flag is raised every morning to start the day.
From 8:00 am to 10:45 am there are three morning classes: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd period. First period always starts with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Every Monday morning from 10:00 am to 10:45 am there is a mandatory school-wide assembly to reflect on the previous week, plan the upcoming one, and make sure we're all ready to give (and take) our best shot, with Tysonian toughness.
From 11 am to 12:30 pm students plan, prepare, cook, eat and cleanup the midday meal together.
At 12:45 pm afternoon shop class begins and ends at 3:30. These traditional skills classes can be anything from car restoration to boat building to beekeeping to brewing beer.
From 4 pm to 5:30 pm is the time for sports and extra-curriculars, where students participate in activities of their own choosing: sailing, skeet shooting, sewing.
At 6 pm Retreat is played to end the day.
*Our nickname. Mascot is "Smart Aleck."
We have a very simple Honor Code.
You will not lie, cheat, or steal (except when playing One Up!*), nor tolerate those who do.
*The Wicked/Smart Word Game.