from the desk of the Potterville High School Principal

Welcome to the 2015-16 School Year!

We are happy to welcome to the high school approximately 80 new freshmen, as well as 35 new or transfer students. In addition, we are hosting three foreign exchange students representing Denmark, Italy, and Spain. What wonderful diversity to bring to our classrooms! Our classes are filled, and we have been able to integrate a few new electives into the master schedule. We are offering additional support classes for students who may struggle in mathematics and science courses, a reading course for qualified students, and a new music elective, History of Contemporary Music, which will offer a comprehensive history of American Jazz, Blues, and Pop music. Students also have access to Michigan Virtual High School online courses, dual enrollment in a college or university class, and access to a variety of programs offered through the Eaton RESA Career Prep Center.

As you may already be aware, all juniors will take the SAT test this year, rather than the ACT as has been the practice in Michigan for several years. To help students prepare, we are offering SAT Prep during Academic Advising for all 11th grade students.

We are embarking on an initiative called the District and Building Turnaround Network, which provides a model for all staff to use as we pursue the common goal of providing instruction of the highest quality and rigor. We must prepare our students for a changing world so they will continue to find success when they leave high school. In our building, we will be revising our core curriculum courses and instructional practices so they will more fully align with the National Common Core standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts, the new State Social studies standards, and the Next Generation Science Standards. If you would like to review the standards, you may visit the Michigan Department of Education at this link: http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-28753_64839_65510---,00.html

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. There will be more updates to come in the days and weeks ahead. For now, welcome back!