Messages from the Principal
Dear Brookings Harbor High School parents, students, and community members:
November brings with it a sense of hope and optimism about the work we are doing at Brookings Harbor High School. Our students have completed Quarter 1 and have stepped up to the higher expectations in behavior and academics of Bruin PRIDE.
BHHS students are Persevering with their studies, showing Respect for themselves, their peers, and their teachers. Students are learning about acting with Integrity, doing the right thing, and owning their successes as well as their mistakes. Our students are learning how to embrace Diversity when it comes to valuing the differences we all bring to school. And finally, Excellence is a value our students know we expect from them—Excellence in their school work and their participation in the Brookings Harbor High School community.
Please know that we will work together in the students’ best interests. I know we can all make a positive difference that will result in higher numbers of students being successful and graduating to moving on to productive and meaningful lives.
I have started work and look forward to continuing the good work that is happening at Brookings-Harbor High School thanks to the dedication and commitment of the hardworking teachers and staff. As I learn about the school and larger community, I want to invite students, parents, teachers, staff, and community members to drop by and visit. I have an open door policy and look forward to listening and learning from you.
I have outlined a few of priorities below. This list is growing, though, so I will update soon!
Proficiency grading continues to be a priority. As is common with change, kinks and bumps were felt by all last year as the district began the shift to proficiency-based grading. District and building administration are committed to ensuring the grading system is set up in a user-friendly and efficient manner at the start of the new school year. We will continue to engage in trainings and educational discussions to ensure we are implementing proficiency grading a manner that is consistent for teachers and students.
Aligning curriculum to Common Core and creating maps by subject area will be emphasized in Wednesday professional development time. Teachers will be provided the time, resources, and training to work together in their Professional Development Communities.
Essential Skills and Graduation Rates: With the new graduation requirements tied to Essential Skills and Smarter Balance testing, schedules and course offerings will need to continue to change to reflect the new standards our students must meet.
Freshmen on Track: With our new Bruin Freshman Lab, we will focus on teaching freshmen the skills they need to develop in order to successfully finish high school and go on to college and career.
College Career Ready: By 2025, the state has set a goal referred to as the 40-40-20 goal. In a nutshell, this means that 40 percent of high school students will graduate from a four-year university; 40 percent will graduate with an Associate’s degree or a professional/vocational certificate; and 20 percent of students will graduate from high school. District and school initiatives will support this effort. More to come on this!
High School writing scores dipped down this year. I will work with teachers to create a strong program of Writing Across the Curriculum. This will mean that every student in every class will be writing to common core standards every month with various writing tasks that teachers create in their subject area. More to come on this, as well!
Don’t forget to stop by and say hello. I look forward to meeting you and working with you to ensure our students have every opportunity to be successful citizens.