I hope you and your family had a wonderful winter break. As we return to school and kick off 2019, I wanted to provide an update on one of the changes we’ve made this year to support our vision to create a learning environment that is Purposeful and Personalized, and one that Prepares students for future successes in College or Career aspirations.
This school year, with the support of our teachers and district leaders, Farmington High School adopted a research-backed, personalized approach to teaching and learning where:
· Students are engaged in rigorous projects that reflect the world around them, giving them practice with skills that will help throughout their life—like collaborating with a team, interpreting data, and presenting a persuasive argument.
· Students are having regularly one-on-one meetings with a dedicated mentor, who is getting to know them deeply and supports them in setting and achieving their personal goals.
· Students are developing “self-direction” — an invaluable skill that can be applied to any task in the adult world. They’re learning how to set goals, make plans, and reflect on their learning.
Successfully rolling out any change at school can be challenging, but I’m incredibly thankful for the dedication of our teachers who are putting in the hard work. This school year we have gone through many growing pains, but we are truly starting to see and feel the fruits of our labors.
We’re already seeing the positive impact on our school community with things such as; increased collaboration, improved discipline, heightened engagement, the number of projects completed to date, and an increase in the number of students on track.
We’re committed to building on this progress in 2019. We are committed to helping your students reach their goals, and to helping them find success at school. I am aware that we still have a lot of growth that we can make as a faculty and staff, and we are committed to making continuous improvements in the way that we educate the most important asset that we have, our students. Again, we thank you for your support, and for your patience as we have truly moved education into the 21st Century. Please also take the opportunity to read our Superintendent’s Message for this month. His message can be found here.
Principal, Farmington High School