A Word From Principal Callin
We have definitely hit winter and it is a
great one around here. Parent/teacher conferences were well attended and there
were many productive conversations supporting student learning and achievement.
The freshmen teachers ran student-led conferences which allowed students to
walk through portfolios of work with parents. It was a rewarding experience for
students, parents, and teachers alike. As we head into the last few weeks of
the first semester, please make sure to check on your student’s progress on
Synergy Parent/Vue and make sure to contact us when you have questions or
concerns. This time is very important as semester grades are reflected on
transcripts and affect grade point averages. Encourage your student to access
help during Student/Teacher time on Wednesdays from 2:15-3:15pm and tutoring in
the library after school Monday through Thursday. There are many avenues for
support and we would love to work with you to determine the best plan for your
student’s success. Make sure and connect with your student’s counselor for
support in determining the best plan of action.
As we head into the new year we have many
exciting plans on the horizon. We are strengthening the programs that we
currently have and are moving forward in planning new ones. Our art department
is working toward a CTE (Career Technical Education) certified Digital/Graphic
Design program and our Sustainable Agriculture and Health Science CTE programs
are adding opportunities and growing. In addition to the fine core and elective
programs that we offer, we have an Engineering Pathway program in the works.
Next year we are planning on offering an Introduction to Engineering Design
course and following with additional courses such as Principles of Engineering,
Aerospace Engineering, Digital Electronics, and Computer Science and Software
Engineering. This pathway will offer students rich experiences in design,
construction, and computer based work.
We are also beginning to explore the idea of
potentially integrating International Baccalaureate courses into our portfolio
that we offer students. IB like Advanced Placement (AP), offers students
college preparatory experiences through an integrated and international lens.
We are not looking to replace our successful AP courses, but to potentially
offer complementary IB experiences for all our students. We do not see IB or AP
as exclusive programs but rich experiences that all our students should be
accessing. As we add challenging and rich courses, we will also create
opportunities for students to build their skills so that all students can
access those classes. Look for opportunities in the near future to engage in
exploratory conversations about this potential.
As the winter gets colder remember to take
care of each other. I have been truly inspired at the caring I have witnessed
in this community such as the reaching out through food boxes in times of need
and the beginnings of warm clothing drives. This community is strong, vibrant,
and caring. I know that we will continue to take care of each other and push
ourselves to increasing academic heights.
The Madison family extends warm wishes to
our entire community for the holiday season and the upcoming New Year. Here’s
to greater heights of achievement and success for 2014!
With warmest regards,