As we wind down to the end of the first semester, I would like to reflect on some of our highlights since August. Our students and teachers have been working hard in and out of the classroom to adhere to more and more regulations from the state and federal governments. It sure is nice to work in a building with adults that care about kids. At parent/teacher conferences, I had a mother of a freshman tell me that they were a little worried at first, coming to the high school from a smaller middle school, but now both she and her daughter are so happy at Seymour High School. That’s what I want to hear! Our drama, band, choral, and art departments have showcased the talents of our students. Our athletic teams competed well all fall, culminating in a semi-state appearance by our girls’ and boys’ cross country teams plus individual appearances from the boys’ CC team and the girls’ golf team in the state finals. SHS students and staff donated over 120 pints of blood and our graduation rate for the school year 2012-2013 tentatively appears to be 96%! The CORE program at JCLC continues to service students with various degrees of needs. We are anxiously waiting our official school grade from the Indiana Department of Education. Preliminarily, we have been assigned a B. We are happy, but not satisfied with that grade. Good things are happening at SHS!
Some important dates in December:
December 5 Holiday band concert--auditorium 7:30
December 14 ACT testing
December 15 Choir concert “Sounds of the Season”-- auditorium 5:00
December 17 Review and Final exams periods 1 and 3
December 18 Review and Final exams periods 5 and 7
December 19 Review and Final exams periods 2 and 4
December 20 Review and Final exams periods 6 and 8
December 21-Jan 5 Christmas Break
This reminder that ALL students will be taking final exams in ALL classes. We have spread the exams over four days so that no student will take more than two tests per day. We have changed our testing format. On December 17 period 1 will meet for 3 hours, then period 3 will meet for 3 hours. The first 90 minutes of class will be used for review while the last 90 minutes will be used to take the final exam. These are the only 2 classes meeting on this day. The remaining days will follow the same schedule.
Our vision for students is that by having all students prepare for and take final exams, our overall test taking skills, both now and later in life, will improve. If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call, 522-4384.