I would first like to thank the community for their continued support of our schools. Although this will be our 6th year in our facility it still looks and feels new. This is due to the hard work of our maintenance/custodian staff and the financial support of the community to keep the facilities updated and maintained. With the support of the school board and many private donors we continue to add additional resources for our students.
As usual in education, changes continue to occur. This year’s sophomores are the first class take End of Course Assessments (EOC) as graduation requirements. Students must achieve a minimal three out of five points in each of the following assessments: Biology, Algebra1, Geometry Language Arts I and II, American History and American Government. Schools and districts receive grades on measures like the four-year graduation rate. The grades for measures will be combined into six broad categories, called components, which also will receive a grade. Finally, the component grades will be combined into an overall grade for the school or district. For a detailed report and description please see the Ohio Department of Education website.
In an effort to ensure students are prepared and on time for class, students can utilize their book bags at all times. For security concerns book bags may be searched at any time. On the technology side students may use personal communication devices (PCDs) before and after school, during their lunch break, and in between classes as long as they do not create a distraction, disruption or otherwise interfere with the educational environment, after school activities and school related functions. Use of PCDs, except those approved by a teacher or administrator, at any other time is prohibited and they must be powered completely off and stored out of sight. For a complete PCD policy please see board policy 5136. I encourage parents and students to read the complete student handbook that is distributed the first day of school for further information and rules of conduct.
Although we have state of the art facilities and technology, the most valuable thing HHS has to offer is the caring and dedicated staff that strives to prepare students for college and/or careers. Our teachers meet weekly to discuss student achievement and ensure the success of all students. We have several new staff members in the high school that will bring many great experiences and enthusiasm to our building. We encourage students to come to school every day and prepare their hearts and minds for an education. When students put forth their best effort and master the content, good grades will follow.
We invite and welcome you to be a part of our team. I am looking forward to another great school year and I thank you for your continued support!