Follow me on Twitter @OfficeStoh
"I should never feel guilty about doing what's best for kids.
I should only feel guilty if I don't."
As a parent and grandparent of children attending Indiana schools, I understand the magnitude of the responsibility we have as educators. I will never take that responsibility lightly. ~~ Dr. M
The School Town of Highland's primary objective is to provide all our students, K-12, with a challenging and engaging educational experience that will prepare them for post-secondary education/training--to be College and Career Ready--and to be successful contributors in our highly competitive, global economy.
We continue to offer a Transition Kindergarten class to better prepare those students that might need additional support to be ready to move on to 1st grade. We invest in programs for our middle and high school students who need additional support in a particular content area or course. We now require any student taking an AP course to take the AP exam, better preparing them for the rigor of college and/or career. The number of middle school students taking a foreign language, math or biology class at the high school for credit continues to grow. And our middle school is offering a new specials class this year - Coding, in addition to our Project Lead the Way technology class. Our biomed and technology class offerings and student enrollment continue to grow, allowing us to introduce students to the 21st+ century fields of medicine and engineering. We continue to grow our 1:1 technology! All K-5 teachers have been provided training and all K-5 students will have iPads for the 2016-17 school year. Instructional technology training has expanded to all middle and high school teachers. The goal is to have iPads in the hands of our middle school students by second semester of the 2016-17 school year, and our high school students during the 2017-18 school year.
It continues to be an exciting time in the School Town of Highland. The state has high expectations for us -- but we have even higher expectations for ourselves. We have created K-12 courses in all of our core classes and Music/Art/PE, aligned to the Indiana Academic College and Career Ready Standards and deconstructed into Learning Targets identifying what our students need to know and be able to do. Those courses are now housed in a curriculum management program (Build Your Own Curriculum) that parents can access to view what they're children will be learning--the scope and sequence of each course. The goal now is to utilize these courses to create common assessments.
Your partner in education,
As the state continues to bounce from one set of standards to another, and one state assessment to another, the School Town of Highland continues on the path of meeting the academic needs of each of our students. We strongly believe that come test time, whether ISTEP+, ECA, WIDA, I-STAR, ACCUPLACER...our students will perform at comparable levels to other Indiana school districts.
Our parent and community support and partnerships are more important than ever. The challenges we face have not been and will not be easy. However, with a common goal -- providing our students, your children with a quality education that meets all their academic needs -- and a united effort, we will be successful in accomplishing what we have set out to do.
Sherri L. Mitchell, PhD.