I would first like to thank the community for its continued support of our schools. It is hard to believe that we will be beginning our 4th year in our new facility. I am proud to be a part of a great community that supports its schools and students. Unlike most schools we are financial secure at this time and are able to continue to update curriculum and technology and facilities. With the support of the school board and many private donors we are in the process of adding an eight lane all-weather track and field complex. This is something that our student athletes have never had.
Many of the changes that we have been expecting are now reality. This includes curriculum, assessments, local report cards and staff evaluations. The national curriculum (which we implemented last year) referred to as “Common Core” in LA and Math was adopted by the State of Ohio. Ohio has also revised the curriculum in all other content areas. After listening to many of the local banks and community businesses we have also added a “Financial Literacy” course to graduation requirements. This year’s sophomores will be the last class to take the OGT. At total of 10 “End of Course” assessments will be one of the new requirements for graduation. Ohio’s new report card will be phased in over several years, starting this year. Beginning in 2015, schools will receive grades based on measures like the four year graduation rate. The grades for measures will be combined into 6 categories including: Achievement, Progress, Gap Closing, Graduation, K-3 Literacy and Prepared for Success. This year the new report card will include nine measures that receive grades. The other change that all educators will see this year is how they are evaluated. Teachers and administrators will not only be evaluated by observations, but 50% of their evaluation will be based on how their students have grown or improved from the beginning of the course.
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 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. Thank you for your continued support.