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The Magic “EL”ixir

This blog was guest-written by Mrs. Christy Thompson.  Mrs. Thompson teaches 9th-Grade Literature to our students who are English Learners.  She is in her third year with us, and each year her students have shown tremendous growth on the End of Course tests.  While she will not claim […]

Looking Back to Go Forward

The number of tasks required of a school administrator before students and staff leave for the summer can be daunting. In my role as an assistant principal, I can be burdened during the months of April and May by state-mandated testing, staff evaluations, and personnel hiring while continuing […]

What Makes a Great Teacher?

Great teachers know their content.  They plan engaging lessons and value their students’ opinions. Mutual respect is visible in their classroom, and they are good listeners.  Great teachers are dependable, approachable, flexible and good communicators. They don’t give up on their students. They are enthusiastic  and passionate about […]

“Moving on Up”

Making the move from middle school to high school is overwhelming for students. Suddenly, teens are immersed in a new school culture with students from multiple middle schools, older students, a bigger building, higher expectations, challenging classes, and new social pressures. Transitioning students often struggle with the following […]

Relationships Matter

If each of us stops for a second and takes a moment to reflect, it would be easy to recall a time when we were hurt by someone whom we once trusted. It is likely that you can vividly remember the moment and feelings associated with the injustice. […]