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Memo to High School Faculty:

One has to wonder if this principal knows about IEPs for special education students.

from Principal

The report cards are out (See attached)
We have a grade of "C" which is down from last year's "B." We did not make AYP because our special education students did poorly in the English category. ( I think we only had 1 student proficient,16 students pass out of 42 students tested).

Needless to say we have our work cut out for us. We are now considered an average school. On a side note, none of the district high schools made AYP.

In our district all of the middle schools and elementary schools received an "A" and made AYP...that is tough to explain to our school board, parents or community. ( I guess we can't say it is the kids we receive)

Clearly, we need more kids especially special education students to take more rigorous courses that include non-fiction writing, with significant reading expectations. Our PLC work must be focused on all students being prepared for the MME. This will take our collective efforts. We need to examine each student's scores, determine their deficiencies and make sure they get the support and classes they need to be successful. We cannot afford to allow students to take lower track of courses or less rigorous courses ( we have worked hard to eliminate some of them, look at math departments for example).

The district has provided support for us with a cap of 25 student average for most of the English courses, we have essentials classes for 3 of the 4 core departments, and we now have PLC time 15 times a year. We are on the right track...

AYP standards increase next year so the bar is higher. If we do not make significant gains, we will within a few short years be a failing school. I am confident that our teachers with their instruction, and focus on state benchmarks, can turn this around. However, it will take the collective efforts of every teacher in every department in every subject area.

Clearly, our students need to write more, and take higher levels of math and science. That will only happen when they read and write more in all of their classes.

Let us make a commitment, right now, this year, to use our collective talents, ideas, energy, and passion to make sure all of our students achieve at the levels expected and required of our great state to ensure that we have prepared them to be successful in college with the hopes of getting a job someday.

I hope you will not settle for being average.

— Principal, Oakland County Michigan
memo to faculty


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