Principal's Corner

Dear SHS Families,

Third quarter has gotten off to a great start. We had an in-service on February 10th. We will continued our work on lesson planning, vocabulary, distributed practice and Close Reading as linked strategies. We will also looked at identifying a Trauma Informed classroom and continuing the work Cristal McGill has presented to us in the past related to this. We recognize that there may be strategies that we can use to intervene sooner and more effectively. We have some work to do, but I am encouraged that we are being proactive in doing something about the concerns.

Mid-quarter was on February 13th. We encouraged all staff and students to make sure that work was turned in and grades are up to date. The ACT was given on February 11 at GILA. We are beginning to do assessments for our identified EL students and we will be giving the WorkKeys assessment for our juniors and seniors who have not yet taken it. These assessments are all useful tools for our students as it helps them with scholarships and admission for further education.

We had a PAC work session on Tuesday, January 31. The PAC did a great deal of work on the bylaws and volunteer processes. That work was on the February 6th agenda for PAC action. The revised by-laws were passed on to the GCSD Board policy committee for consideration. I have been asked to be present at the next policy committee meeting to provide input regarding the proposed changes. They will also be having the regular scheduled meeting on March 13,at 6 PM in the SHS library and we encourage members of the public to come and have their voice make a difference.

We are beginning our plans for classes and staffing for next year and are in talks with TCC about how we can partner with them to supplement what we are doing for our PreK students.

We have noticed that many of our SHS families do not have a current or correct e-mail address in PowerSchool, so in our mailing we are asking families to contact Sharilyn Kriska at 656-1205 to update all of their contact information.

Ken Essex
SHS Principal


Letters from the Principal

February Parent Letter 02/20/2017  
January Parent Letter 01/20/2017  
2nd Mid Quarter Letter 11/23/2016  
August Letter 08/15/2016  
May Letter 05/02/2016  
February Letter 02/19/2016  
September Letter 09/08/2015  
March Letter 03/03/2015  
January Letter 01/27/2015  
November Letter 05/11/2014  
September Letter 09/22/2014  
August Letter 08/25/2014  
March Letter 03/24/2014  
Letter 01/22/2014  
Welcome Back Letter 08/30/2013  
March Community Update 03/05/2013