The end is only the beginning…

The end of the 2015-2016 school year is near. It is time for reflection and to look ahead. The high school met all of the district goals for the year, and we should be very proud of that accomplishment. At the same time, we raise the standard for next year and look to how we can continue to increase student achievement.

Our district goals for 2016-2017 include raising student achievement in reading and math on standardized tests, incorporating community service projects, and increasing participation in athletics and activities grades six through twelve. At the high school, first we look to data from this year’s Iowa Assessments and MAP tests┬áto see where instruction could be adapted. Next, each of our seminar groups will develop a community service project to enact during the year. Finally, we will work on staff and student recruitment efforts to help every student be involved in at least one activity, club or sport during the 2016-2017 school year.

I’ll be looking to student handbook revisions, finishing my initial administrative portfolio, updating staff documents, and a lot of reading over the summer. I’m also starting my superintendent degree program in June, so there will be much more reading and study as the work of 2015-2016 comes to a close.

I hope everyone has a wonderful summer filled with many activities, time with family and friends, a good book every so often, and time to recharge so that we can continue to make every day a great day to be a Timberwolf in 2016-2017! GO TIMBERWOLVES!!!


Finish Strong!

Today is the last day for seniors at Southwest Valley High School. What a whirlwind year it has been for them in their final year and me in my first! For the rest of the staff and students, we still have a few days left and need to finish strong!

Final projects, the last make-up work, semester tests; so many things to do as we count down the days. Students not only need to worry about getting all their assignments completed, but doing everything to the best of their ability so they earn credit for classes and avoid academic suspensions from activities. While there are summer school options available for students to recover failed credits, making sure we get to the next year on track and staying on track for graduation is of great importance.

I also have to complete final projects, such as my initial administrative portfolio, updating student handbook, and staff paperwork for 2016-2017. My deadlines are not as soon as the students’, but there are still plenty of things to take care of before school is out. It has been a great year, and I look forward to many more to come here at Southwest Valley High School! Finish strong! GO TIMBERWOLVES!!!