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For the past 2 1/2 years, Rockwell has offered Saturday School to address attendance make up issues as well as provide a place for students to work on Incomplete grades, credit recovery efforts, and Special Ed transition. This happens 8 am - 11 am most every Saturday with the transition effort from 10 am - 2 pm. Along with this effort, we want to begin offering similar support on Friday afternoons from 1:30 - 4:30 pm beginning Friday, February 6th in computer lab B. There will not be bussing available, but as a school it is felt that students needing any of this support should arrange ahead of time for transportation as we do not charge to provide this extra help.
Additionally, we strongly encourage students to work with teachers about handling the making up of work with that teacher directly. All of this is directly related to keeping our graduation rate at 95% or better. Please be willing to take advantage of this help to help yourself.
With various family and health related resignations, we need to staff our board with people who are willing to help the school continue to improve. Specific needs to fill would be in finance, business, and/or in non-profits, but a desire to help the school develop and improve are even more critically important. Please email the board your letter of intent including past experience that could be applicable to serving on a volunteer governing board. These should be sent directly to email@example.com or through Mr. Beck, firstname.lastname@example.org. Your consideration of this effort is appreciated. Happy Holidays!
With Parent-Teacher Conferences coming soon (Thursday, February 12th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm), please note that this is a time to get a general sense of how your student is doing in each class. Teachers will be available in their rooms to discuss student progress and needs, so please consider allowing your students to participate in these chats. I genuinely believe they should be increasingly more responsible for their education as they get closer to graduation. Please know that taking more than 10-15 minutes is unfair to others. If there are significant issues, please consider scheduling a different time with the teacher before or after these conferences. Also, please note that these end at 7:30 as the teachers have put in a full day. They need to be allowed to get home to their families and other things they need to attend to in their lives. Again, if the times listed do not work or if more time is needed, please contact the teachers directly and set up a better time to meet.
I also wanted to invite you to help us track down Rockwell graduates. We want to know where they are, what they are doing, what they studied in college or through a vocational program, if they are in the military, served a mission for their church, and what school they attend or attended. We also want to know what they would have liked for Rockwell to provide them as they graduated. My plan is to acknowledge our graduates in the main hall near the front office to show all the possibilities that are out there in the world. We also want to begin laying out a three-year plan for after high school for each graduate from the class of 2015 on. Just email one of our administrators, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com. Being fully accountable for our charter with the state also asks us to be more accountable to and for our students.
Very much appreciate each effort extended to help us be more successful as a school community. I want to share a quote from a great book, Make The Impossible Possible, by Bill Strickland: "Each of us has not only the potential to live a rewarding life and purposeful life but also the responsibility to do so. It's an obligation we bear as human beings, but it's also the source of our greatest potential. Owning up to that obligation not only makes us more human, it also connects us to the bottomless reserves of passion, vision, conviction, and commitment that I believe are present in abundance in every human heart, and that are the fuel for genuine and deeply fulfilling success." I hope our thinking can be along these lines. We have so much to accomplish to help students realize their potential and be responsible for their learning and living. I appreciate each one of them entrusted to us.
Rockwell Charter High School