Dear Provo High Students, Staff, and Patrons:
I am looking forward to my 30th 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 2016-17 school year is “Adventure is Out There.” The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear this phrase is the movie Up. In the movie, four unlikely friends find that they are able to accomplish great things when they work together. They also discover that adventure isn’t only “out there,” but it is often right in front of their eyes. I think these ideas apply to our efforts at PHS this year. We all–students, teachers, and parents–can accomplish our goals if we work together and help one another. And we can find enjoyment and adventure in each day. Life itself is an adventure, and, working together, we can “Rise Up.”
I wish you all the very best year possible.