The High School has had a great start to the school year and time is just flying by! One of the HS’s focuses this year is promoting students’ academic success; with the first quarter ending and the second quarter beginning, HS staff would like to remind students to continue working hard.
At the end of December, each student’s grades from both quarters will be averaged to determine their earned credit. Students must average at least a 60% for the semester (both quarters) to earn credit; students who fail to achieve this mark may be required to retake courses. If you have any questions about your child’s progress toward graduation, please contact Mrs. Comisar, School Counselor, at email@example.com.
Throughout the first quarter, HS staff was impressed with how quickly students got back into the swing of learning – this was due in part not only to students’ attitudes and willingness to learn, but to the many new additions to the educational staff! New teachers immediately got down to work and built relationships with students. In particular, Agricultural teacher and FFA Advisor Ms. Stegbauer has already taken the students on two field trips and has a group headed to the FFA National Convention in late October!
In early October, the CNE Marching Rockets, the HS Marching Band, were invited to perform at the Fall Conference of the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators. They blew the attending principals away with their musical abilities! A short clip of their performance can be seen here.
Thanks to a grant from the State of Ohio, the HS was able to purchase a robotic arm for technology classes. Students are currently learning how to operate it and use it in careers for manufacturing. See it in action here.
As the HS shifts into the second quarter, the staff is looking forward to continuing to build strong relationships with students and strengthen instruction in all courses. Teachers had a great professional development at the end of September from Miami University’s Ohio Writing Project and intend to bring this new knowledge to the HS halls.
Specific second quarter goals include improving Algebra I instruction with the goal to ensure all students enrolled in this course are on track to pass Ohio’s End of Course Exam in April, which is a key step on the path to graduation. This is a prerequisite course for future required classes, such as Algebra II and Geometry. Additionally, HS staff will continue their work in literacy as it relates to the Comprehensive State Literacy Development Grant. HS teachers continue to learn ways to encourage students to read, write, and speak in every class, every day. This grant has already been used to purchase classroom libraries, where students are encouraged to read for pleasure and select books based on their interests. Throughout the quarter the HS will feature book talks with students – here is one featuring senior Jasmine King.
Finally, the HS has two exciting things to look forward to:
In the coming weeks, the HS will begin preparing for the One Book, One School project, where teachers will work to select this year’s book with input from students. More information will be shared with families, including how to receive a free copy of the book, soon.
Students will attend a Veterans Day Assembly on Friday, November 11, a tradition students look forward to every school year. This year’s featured speaker is Mr. Cliff Riley, a 1968 CNE graduate who served on active duty tours in Vietnam. He served on active duty tours in Vietnam after leaving high school. We look forward to honoring Mr. Riley, and all veterans, on November 11.