On behalf of the entire David Douglas High School staff I would like to welcome you to the 2019-20 school year! We are excited to get back to what we do best…provide an outstanding educational experience for the students of our community. I hope your student has gotten off to a great start and will continue to thrive.
The purpose of this monthly newsletter is to keep you informed of important upcoming dates/events, introduce you to members of our staff, and highlight data and other information that may be of interest to you.
For the month of September our staff spotlight will focus on Ron Johnson and Joe Kerns. These gentlemen lead the custodial crews that make our buildings not only look wonderful, but function at an extremely high level. Anyone who has been in our buildings knows they are well maintained! I hope you enjoy getting to know Ron and Joe!
Last spring our school leadership team began analyzing our year-end data with the idea of setting short term (2019- 20 school year) and long-term goals (three year goals, 2022). We have identified three goals: one aiming to increase our graduation rate, one targeting an increase in the percentage of on-track students at the 9th and 10th grade levels, and one goal addressing how our students feel about their connections with adults. We hope to continue increasing the number of students who feel they have an adult they can connect with in our building. Over the next few months I will select one of these goals and go into a bit more detail about their meaning.
Since this is the beginning of the school year I would be remiss if I didn’t take the time to address a few factors leading to academic success:
Get plenty of sleep. Research suggests that teenagers should get between 8-10 hours of sleep nightly. Students who don’t consistently get enough sleep are unable to stay alert throughout the day.
Eat a good breakfast and lunch…..and drink plenty of water.
Stay on top of homework. Missing assignments not only causes your student’s grades to suffer, but teachers have no basis for understanding what your student does or doesn’t understand if they don’t see the work.
Ask for help. Encourage your student to ask for help if they don’t understand or begin to fall behind. Teachers are more than willing to work with your student. We also have the Scots Center (tutoring center) where your student can go for help during the day and after school until 4:30pm.
Be here everyday….well almost everyday. Students who attend 90% or more of the time will be more successful than those with multiple absences. Best of luck to all of you as we get the new school year under way!
Principal John Bier