Message from the Principal
Dear Parents, Families, and Community Members,
I wish you all good tidings from Brookings Harbor High School during our wonderful holiday season. I have always enjoyed the rhythm of the school year. The time between Thanksgiving and the winter holiday is especially busy (and full of fun!).
My December message will continue to address the main themes that guide my vision for Brookings Harbor High School to become a high performing high school in all areas of student learning and growth.
• School Climate: Bruin Pride and PBIS continue to provide a positive and supportive foundation for our students and staff to feel safe at school. This consistent, team-oriented approach to teaching behavior expectations results in our classrooms being more healthy and productive. At the December, 2015 COSA Law Conference, I attended sessions on Bullying and Harassment and heard a keynote speaker discuss trending issues with LGTB students. The good news is that we are on the right track. Research continues to support the concept of school-wide behavior systems (Bruin Pride/PBIS) being effective in minimizing the impact the bullying and harassment that goes on in school. Because the PBIS system is all about teaching the appropriate behaviors, our students are learning the appropriate behavior expectations for school and community.
• We are continuing to analyze the data provided from our Oregon Healthy Teens survey. A key indicator on the survey is called the Positive Youth Development Benchmark (PYD). Positive Youth Development “focuses on building strengths and attributes that can buffer the impact of stress and obstacles you people face.” Oregon Healthy Teens calculates the PYD benchmark by synthesizing student responses to six questions in the survey related to well-being and social connectedness. Our 2015 PYD indicates that fifty-two percent of our students meet the PYD benchmark The state average is sixty percent. As we look at the data we will be able to make informed decisions regarding how to better promote Positive Youth Development for our students.
• Chronic absenteeism: Thirty-five percent of our high school juniors report they miss between 6 to 10 days of school per year, and a whopping twenty-four percent report they miss more 16 days per school year (2015 Oregon Healthy Teens survey). As has been discussed in previous board meetings this year, chronic absenteeism directly affects graduation rates. Once a pattern of chronic absenteeism is established it is a very difficult habit to break by the time they are in high school.
• Student Learning and Growth: Preliminary data from Quarter 1 indicates that we need to continue working on meeting the needs of students who self report that they do not know how to study and organize their academic lives. More to come on this.
• Professional Development: Our teachers and staff continue to challenge themselves to try new instructional strategies that will engage our students in their learning. At each staff meeting new strategies are introduced and teachers have the opportunity to share what is working for them in their classrooms. The teachers and staff are building a strong team that is able to consistently address student needs.
During this season of Thanksgiving and celebration, I want to extend my thanks to all of your for the work you do on behalf of our students, staff and larger community. I wish you the happiest of holiday seasons and a new year of health and wellness.
Brookings Harbor High School
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