2014-2015 Principal’s Newsletter
Welcome to the Plainville High School’s website! The Plainville High School administration, faculty and staff are very proud of the educational opportunities available to our students. Plainville High School provides an exceptional learning environment that continues to evolve and improve opportunities for all members of our learning community.
Plainville High School offers outstanding academic programs, including thirteen Advanced Placement (AP) courses and currently five UConn Early College Credit (ECC) options. We also have several dual credit programs with Tunxis Community College that provide an added value and advantage to our graduates. In addition to rigorous and engaging college level curriculum, we offer diverse elective offerings to meet the needs and interests of all students. Also, added is our comprehensive and well aligned core courses, Plainville High School develops students through integration of our exceptional fine arts, unified arts and world language opportunities. These diverse options are reflective of our school’s vision to prepare all students for a successful and rewarding life in the 21st century global society. With the district vision and strategic plan as our guide, we will continue to focus on students, teaching, and learning in everything we do.
Outside of the classroom, Plainville High School offers an extensive variety of extracurricular and co-curricular opportunities to our students. New at PHS is the Digital Devils FIRST Robotics Team. This team, although new to PHS last year, won a the State Championship and also won in the Hartford Regional Tournament. We are proud of these early achievements and look forward to continued success. We believe that students learn best when they feel connected and cared for; therefore, developing positive relationships is one of our primary goals at PHS. There are many opportunities to connect with others, both within and outside of the classrooms. We hope our students and families truly believe that we are in this together, and when our students succeed, we all succeed.
For students, graduation may seem like the ultimate goal, and it is indeed an important milestone in each student’s life. A Plainville High School diploma is not easy to acquire and is an accomplishment students should be most proud of, yet given the competitive world in which we live, I challenge students to look beyond graduation day. Our students need to set goals as early as possible in their school career, and then work toward achieving those goals every day. Our NAVIANCE Student Success Planning system and Our College and Career Readiness Center will significantly help students to set goals early and remain on a pathway to attain those goals.
High school graduation has increasingly become a stepping stone, rather than the end of one’s educational journey. We are proud that so many of our graduates who apply to college are accepted into their first choice college (78%), which is a tribute to our students and to the programs that have prepared them from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. In these difficult economic times, it is important to gain as much leverage through education and training as one can, and Plainville High School is a terrific place to do just that.
This year, Plainville High School's educational team will continue our work to improve learning outcomes for all of our students. Through careful planning and a focus on student achievement, our school will move forward to meet the challenges set for us by national and state standards. We will continue to do whatever it takes to ensure student success. Through our Success Center and Achievement Center, students experiencing difficulties will have the extra support they need. Furthermore, our former Library and Media Center is now our Learning Commons, where students can research, collaborate and access supports for their academic success. The integration of technology as a tool for learning has necessitated this positive change and we are excited for the opportunities ahead.
Our work with Data Teams/Professional Learning Communities will continue to have a powerful impact on student achievement, by working together toward shared goals. We are thankful to the Board of Education for the five early student release days in addition to the bi-monthly after school meetings that will provide valuable opportunities for collaboration and targeted improvement this year.
Plainville High School is an exceptional place to learn and develop essential skills and attributes in preparation for the world that awaits our graduates, and we will continue to make it even better. We look forward to an exciting year ahead. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (860) 793-3220 with any questions or suggestions for improving Plainville High School.
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Plainville High School
47 Robert Holcomb Way
Plainville, CT 06062
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