Dear Provo High Students, Staff, and Patrons:
I am looking forward to my 29th year at Provo High 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 – 7:55 a.m. Tuesdays – Fridays. During that time, teachers will be available to give students additional time and support for learning. We will also continue implementing our Freshman Mentoring Program (FMP) this year. All freshmen will take a class first semester from 7:20-7:55 a.m. Tuesdays-Fridays 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 five 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, 4 – Implementing meaningful Learning Targets in every classroom, and 5 – Using effective feedback practices and formative assessments of student learning.
The student government theme for the 2015-16 school year is “Rise.” Many students and faculty members know that I am a Batman fan. I watched the earliest versions of Batman on television when I was a little girl, and I still follow the various incarnations of the superhero at the movie theater, in comic books, and on TV. There are many things I like about the concept of Batman: he doesn’t have any special or magical powers, he is human, he works hard and shows great determination, he faces his fears, and he desires knowledge. To me he is a symbol of the human capacity to excel. When he falls, he works until he rises above his failures, his circumstances, and his mistakes. This is something I strive to do as well, and I hope that it can be something each of us can work on together this year. No matter what we already know or can do, we can “rise” to even greater heights, and if we make mistakes, we can “rise” above them.
I wish you all the very best year possible.