I would first like to thank the community for their continued support of our schools. Although this will be our 5th 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 the eight lane all-weather track and field complex, including a competition soccer field will be ready for competition this fall.
As usual in education, changes continue to occur. This year’s sophomores will be the last class to take the OGT. Freshman students enrolled in Physical Science, Algebra1, Language Arts I and Geometry will take assessments in February, March and May . These assessments along with assessments in Language Arts II, American History and American Government are required for graduation. Beginning this year, schools and districts will 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.
On a local level, changes include dress code and technology use. With suggestions and concerns shared by parents and staff the dress code has been amended. Some of the changes include: students can now color their hair any color that that choose, have holes in their pants (below fingertip length), and have a single stud nose ring. With that being said please remember that some clothing and accessories are in bad taste and may be distracting towards academic, college and/or career success. This is stressed by many employers and leaders in our community. Students attending functions outside of the school and representing the school should dress appropriately for the activity and setting. Please read the complete dress code and other information in your student handbook/agenda. In an effort to ensure students are prepared and on time for class students will be able to 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.
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 will have several new staff members in the high school this year that will bring many great experiences and enthusiasm to our building. We encourage students to come to school every day ready to learn and put forth their best effort. 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!