Message from Principal Steven LePage:
Welcome to the Plainville High School website! As Plainville High School’s Principal, I am proud of the educational opportunities available to all students who attend here. Plainville High School has outstanding academic programs; including many Advanced Placement (AP) and Early College Credit (ECC) options, rigorous curriculum, and diverse elective offerings to meet the needs and interests of all students.
We are proud of the extensive selection of choices our students have here. In addition to comprehensive core courses, Plainville High School develops the whole student through integration of our exceptional fine arts, unified arts and world language opportunities. These diverse options are reflective of our school vision and mission to prepare students for a successful and rewarding life in the world which awaits them following graduation.
Outside of the classroom, Plainville High School offers an extensive variety of extracurricular and co-curricular opportunities to our students. We believe that involvement in team and group activities is imperative to the complete high school experience, and the development of character, discipline and feelings of belonging. Whether one’s interests are in athletics or getting involved in one of the numerous clubs or student groups, there is something for everyone at PHS. The important thing is to get involved in the school community.
For most 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. However; given the competitive world in which we live, I challenge students to look beyond graduation day. Students need to set goals as early as possible in their school career, and then work toward achieving those goals every day that they are a student here. Our new NAVIANCE Student Success Planning system 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.
The majority of Plainville’s graduates choose to continue their education in a four year college or university, while others opt for community college, military service or entry into the world of work. In these difficult economic times, it is important to gain as much leverage through education and training as one can. Education is a key which opens the doors of opportunity.
This year, Plainville High School 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 have adopted the phrase “whatever it takes” related to ensuring student success, and look forward to doing everything we can as a school community to support student success. Our underlying goal is always to raise student achievement, and more specifically this year, to significantly reduce the number of D’s and F’s. We must also continue our focused improvement of student readiness for high stakes standardized tests which include: the Connecticut Academic Performance Test-CAPT, Scholastic Aptitude Test-SAT, American College Testing-ACT, & Advanced Placement testing-AP. We have shown steady and impressive growth in student achievement over the last several years, but our work must be continual in order to maintain and surpass state and federal expectations.
Going from great to exceptional requires careful planning, teamwork and commitment, and that will remain the focus for our faculty and staff during the year ahead. Through our alignment with the Plainville Community Schools Vision, Goals and Beliefs, Plainville High School will continue to provide a comprehensive high school experience that prepares students for the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead.
Our school and department work with Data Teams will have a powerful impact on student achievement by improving department member communications, ensuring better alignment of focus and pace of instruction from class to class, and increased formative assessment (assessment for the purpose of guiding re-teaching and making clarifications prior to the chapter and unit tests). These teams will also help to ensure equity from classroom to classroom, by working together toward shared goals.
We look forward to another exciting year ahead. Plainville High School is an outstanding place to learn and grow, and we will continue to make it even better. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or suggestions for improving Plainville High School.
Together, we will accomplish more.