Promoting student "voice" in activities has been led this year by our new Leadership Classes. We have two classes taught by our SAC (Student Activities Coordinator Ms. Plowman). The students work in groups and have been holding Lunch time activities on a regular basis as part of their leadership responsibilities. Some activities are "fun" events like contests (i.e. "Battle of the Bands" and "Talent Showcase lunch") all to promote school spirit and involvement. Other events share relevant issues with students such as "Stress awareness and management"; "World AIDs Awareness". Looking ahead, in February we will be participating in "Collect for Cures: Leukemia" and "Distracted driving education tips". Leadership class is also running a contest to have students design their own schoolwear for use by the entire student body in sy17-18. Several student design entries will be picked to become official SY2017-18 "schoolwear".
We continue to work on Literacy; making sure all our students meet the recommended Reading Lexile level when they graduate from school. Often times we think of "reading" as an elementary class. However, using Lexile's as a measuring device; students Lexile's should be increasing throughout high school to least 1100-1300 range. Your student's teachers have been sharing their Lexile with them from our STAR test. In addition we have students working on Achieve 3000 to provide differentiated reading on a subject specific basis. During second semester we added Silent Sustained Reading (SSR) in Home room classes; unless there is another event to attend or activity to be completed. Students may bring a book of choice from home, may read a book we supply schoolwide. This is a valuable 30 minutes 2x a week in which students can read of pleasure on a topic of choice. Please encourage your student to read at home. Like anything in life, our students cannot improve (in this case improve their Lexile score) unless they practice (in this case practice by reading, reading, reading).
Beginning January 23, 2017, students have been doing a much better job of getting to classes on time. We are issuing immediate referrals for each tardy infraction. This is in effect for all class periods. If there is a reason for a first period tardy, please send a parent/guardian signed note to the grade level VP within the three days. Students who are tardy miss valuable educational time; hence our focus on academics wants to discourage this "tardy" pattern of behavior. Students with excessive, repeated tardies will receive further consequences. As high school students the detention is after school and will require alternate transportation home.
As always please let any member of the administrative team know if you have any questions and check us out on our Web site (Kauaihigh.org) and Facebook information.