Dear Students, Parents, and Community,
The winter months are upon us and that means snow, ice, and cold temperatures. January and February are typically our worst months for weather interruptions and who could forget the issues of last winter. This year, on days where the forecast is bad, we physically monitor road conditions and try to make decisions in the best interest of safety for our students, staff and parents who both ride and drive to school. By the time I make the one call telephone message and word goes out to the media on a delay or cancellation, we have spent hours analyzing the situation to make sure we are making the right decision.
Switching subjects, we will soon begin a whole new round of high stakes tests called the PARCC assessments. These are tied into the new “Common Core” curriculum and are given online. Since we are transitioning from the old standards to Common Core, we not only have PARCC to deal with but we still have the OAA tests as well as the OGT. That’s a lot of testing. Over the next couple of years, the OAA and OGT will be completely phased out. This means eventually over time the number of tests will decline.
Finally, we have many winter school events in both buildings. This includes basketball, wrestling, swimming and bowling on the athletic side. We also have contests, concerts and shows on the fine arts side. As always there is much to see and experience.
This is your school district and we are here to serve you, our customers. Let me know if you have questions and thank you for your support of Hillsboro City Schools!