Dear Parents and Students,
As we embark on the second half of the year, I am happy to announce the support for the "away for the day" policy has been great from parents and our instances of disciplinary actions have been cut nearly in half from this time last year. Our "FlySense" capacity in lavs and other keys areas is helping us to better manage a "vaping" scare and pandemic.
I will be having meetings with parents of students that have chronic absenteeism in school so far this year. It is imperative students be present to retain, train their bodies and hone their focus for school and work endeavors. We hope that this work will encourage increased attendance and decrease instances of tardy to school. The new state benchmark for chronic absenteeism is only allowing for 10% missed school-time. To place that number in perspective means missing 18/180 student instructional days.
As always, I will work to update the HS website frequently and also communicate via our new Facebook page. In addition, I will use Blackboard Connect on a regular basis to communicate key events and announcements to parents. Please feel free to call my office with any concerns or questions you may have, I always welcome you to visit as well! I look froward to providing your son or daughter with a safe, orderly and proficient learning environment. Go Flyers!
Happy New Year! Welcome into another decade! 2020!
Mr. Thomas B. Stack
Maryvale HS Principal
Stack's Points for Success:
1) Attendance- We need to have our students here and do whatever it takes to see the benefit of a quality education and the positive impacts in a student’s life.
2) Environment- Culture is what you allow for students and the community. Students do not care what you know until they know you care.
3) Work- Invest in the work of being a student, ie. Homework, assessment, study skills, respect, accountability.
4) Instruction- Provide quality instruction that is varied and greeted by varying learning modalities and abilities.
5) Assessment- We must frequently assess student performance. Assessment comes in many ways---not always a high stakes test.