Dear Provo High Students, Staff, and Patrons:
I am looking forward to the 2014-15 school year and the opportunity of working with each of you. I have been a Bulldog for a very long time, and I consider it a privilege to come to work every day where I am surrounded by enthusiastic students, incredible staff, and supportive parents.
Our school mission is to help all students be successful. To that end, we are continuing with our academic intervention time from 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Tuesdays – Fridays. During that time, teachers will be available to give students additional time and support for learning. We will also begin implementing our Freshman Mentoring Program (FMP) this year. All freshmen will take a class first semester that will help them better prepare for success at Provo High—and for college and career afterward. Each freshman will also be assigned a student mentor who can help answer questions and offer support throughout the school year.
As a faculty and staff, we have four goals that we will continue to work on: 1- Developing effective Professional Learning Communities, 2 – Preparing college and career-ready graduates, 3 – Teaching and using writing as a process for learning in every content area, and 4 – Implementing meaningful Learning Targets in every classroom.
The student government theme for the 2014-15 school year is “Go the Distance.” My niece is a runner—of 5Ks, marathons, and just about any other type of race she can get her feet on. She arises every morning before the sun and runs, partly for exercise, partly for energy, but mostly because she loves running. When she enters a race, her goal is to beat her own personal best record. She doesn’t set a goal to win the race but rather to do her best and to reach the finish line. In other words, she sets a goal to “go the distance.”
This year we can all set a similar goal. Every day when we get up and come to school, whether we are students or staff members, we can try to do our personal best and “go the distance,” whether it be with our class work, in our efforts on a team or as a member of a performing group, or in our relationships with others. If we strive to do our best and reach that finish line—the end of the term, graduation, or whatever our end-goal may be—we will have succeeded.
I wish you all the very best year possible.