High School

Principal Sean German
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Dan Sheehan

Principal’s Corner

As we begin the second semester, keep in mind how important student attendance is to academic development. According to research, good school attendance is an important factor in achieving academic success. Students who are frequently absent or tardy often miss important information being taught, fall behind, and lose interest in school. An improvement in attendance may help a child achieve better grades and feel better about himself / herself. Even though you may have called and let us know about your child’s illnesses, reasons for delays in arriving to school, or other reasons for absences, the number of total days accumulates quickly. Therefore, consider this article as a means of communication between school and home, and as a friendly reminder of the importance of student attendance. Please refer to our student handbook for school policies regarding student attendance. Students learn best if they are present on a consistent basis for instruction. Please make every effort to improve your child’s attendance at school. An absentee rate of more than 10% places a child at risk of not completing his/her education according to Illinois School Code. Regardless of whether these are excused or unexcused absences, irregular attendance is detrimental to your child’s education.

This year, some of our students will be participating in a new standardized assessment referred to as PARCC. The following summary is taken from their website www.parcconline.org/about-parcc

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. These high quality, computer-based K–12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy give teachers, schools, students, and parents better information whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize learning to meet student needs. The PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year.
Our Belief
PARCC is based on the core belief that assessment should work as a tool for enhancing teaching and learning. Because the assessments are aligned with the new, more rigorous Common Core State Standards (CCSS), they ensure that every child is on a path to college and career readiness by measuring what students should know at each grade level. They will also provide parents and teachers with timely information to identify students who may be falling behind and need extra help. Learn more about PARCC in our PARCC FAQs.

PARCC States
PARCC is made up of: Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland,Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, and Rhode Island. The states in PARCC educate millions of elementary, middle and high school students across the country.

We will be discussing the format of PARCC with our students and looking at sample test items as we approach the testing windows. Students who will be tested will do so in March and again in May.

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Sean German
AOHS Principal
795-4821 Ext. 1102