Monday, August 26, 2013

2013-4 School Year Off To A Strong Start
 
Dear Stowe High School Parent/Guardian,
 
The new school year has started and Stowe High is off and running! Even after 31 opening days, I still feel the anticipation and excitement of a new year!
 
As always we strive to provide your student with the rigor, relevance, and relationships that have made our high school a good school always working to continue the journey towards 'great'. All of us at S.H.S. try to set clear, high expectations, communicate well, and, make the extra effort to help students succeed. Further, we want your student to feel safe and welcome.
 
In addition to this blog, information on daily activities can be found on the school website (http://www.stoweschools.com/SSD/SSD_home.htm). The website also contains handbooks, athletic information, forms, and much more. If you want to speak with us directly, please call the main number at 253-7229.
 
2013-14 is an important year for the junior class, not only for college research and planning; but, juniors must also present their digital portfolios to a faculty committee as part of Anagnorisis. In order to earn the first half of the Anagnorisis credit needed for graduation, students must present evidence on their progress toward our five school-wide expectations: communication, decision-making, problem-solving, initiative, and service. Many students see the value of Anagnorisis as they recognize their identify and plan their future. Some students, however, have not put much effort into their portfolios. Please be reminded that I sent home by certified mail reminders to students who needed to work on their portfolios over the summer. As we check junior portfolios over the next week or so, eligibility for privileges will also be determined by their portfolio status.
 
New this year to Stowe High School is a climate program called a World of Difference. Sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, A World of Difference "seeks to provide students, on a peer-to-peer level, with practical, experiential, hands-on training with skills to challenge prejudice and discrimination, foster intergroup understanding and equip participants to live and work successfully and civilly in a diverse world." 
 
On September 9, 10, and 11 a 25-student cohort will be the first Stowe High students to be trained by A.D.L. professional staff here on campus. We hope this group will then work with the student body to foster a respectful and inclusive school climate. While these climate goals have always been a part of S.H.S., we want to do more on a positive, proactive level.
 
Finally, if I can ever be of any service, support, or, just a willing ear to listen---please never hesitate to contact me.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Jeff Maher
Principal
Stowe High School