As the 1st semester comes to an end and we look forward to the upcoming semester, we have several areas in which we need to celebrate.
WINTER FINE ARTS ASSEMBLY
We should be proud of the choir, band, drama, forensics and poetry slam students who performed for our student body and staff prior to the break. Their performance was fabulous and made all of us very proud of our school and student performers. We are very fortunate to have these programs along with the quality instructors working with our students. It was a wonderful way for us to end the 2011 year!
AYP- ANNUAL YEARLY PROGRESS
Recently, we received our annual yearly progress from the state. We are pleased that Marshfield High School earned an overall grade of satisfactory with a score of outstanding in the area of graduation percentage and attendance. Although we are pleased with satisfactory, we will continue to make an effort to earn a score of outstanding.
We are very proud of our overall improvement in the area of writing. During the school year of 2010-11, we set a goal to emphasize writing across the curriculum. As we all know, writing is a very important skill necessary for success in our world today. On the state writing test, those Marshfield students passing the test, improved by 25% from the previous year. This is a credit to our staff and students.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAYS
I am pleased to share with you that the professional development days have been time well-spent. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our instruction, evaluate student learning and make the necessary adjustments when needed. We would not be able to have this time without the new four-day schedule, which allows our staff have the time to work together to analyze instruction and student data.
8th GRADE OPPORTUNITIES
Our eighth grade students have been enriched through the opportunities provided here at Marshfield, including:
PIECES of 8 – This is a class taught by Mr. Peters. It provides publication skills for our eighth grader students who may then move onto either journalism or yearbook as they enter their high school years.
HOME EC, CONSTRUCTION, RADIO, TECHNOLOGY and METALS – Are all programs offered to our eighth grade students, helping prepare them for futures in these same areas.
DRAMA, ART, CHOIR and BAND – Are the fine arts programs offered for eighth grade students interested in pursuing these areas as high school students.
I would like to remind everyone about the Friday school tutoring program which is offered on campus every Friday between 9 and 12 in our library. During the professional development days, we have National Honor Society students available to work with kids in the areas of math, English, history and science. Adults are always available to supervise and assist students as well. On Fridays when there is no professional development, certified staff members supervise and assist students attending the Friday tutoring program.
Our boys and girls basketball teams are in the middle of league play with the boys at the top of the Midwestern League, having earned a ranking in the top 10 for the 5A classification. Our girls are having one of their best seasons since the 2008-09 campaign with a record of 6 and 6. Kris Davis and the wrestlers are geared to make another run at the league title with several of our grapplers expected to make it to the state wrestling tournament. Kathe Stufflebean has another great group of kids swimming this year, and we have high hopes that our girls will win the Midwestern League title. Recently, our dance team placed first in the Thurston High School Dance competition. Also, Shannon Boatright, Skyler Malamed and Sarah Sweider earned All-State honors for this year’s dancers.
Several of our students faired very well this past weekend at Choir All-State competition. Congratulations to students Dominique Randle, Hannah Delgado, William Crombie, Addison Alford, Quentin Kirk and Marissa Cato for their time at the Hult Center in Eugene.
SENIORS and SENIOR PARENTS
June will be here before we know it and prior to our seniors walking across the stage and receiving diplomas, there are several requirements that must be met. Each senior has received a list of requirements and a calendar of events indicating their areas of responsibility to graduate. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Skinner, senior counselor at 541-267-1413 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Bunnell at 541 267-1412 or email@example.com.
We look forward to the upcoming semester. Please remember to check your students’ progress through Parent Assist. If you do not have access or need help getting onto Parent Assist, please contact Lynn Scott at 541-267-1405 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions regarding your child’s progress, please contact their teachers. You can find the email address for all teachers by going to www.cbsd9.net.
If you have any concerns or questions, please call me at 541-267-1401 or email email@example.com.