The JMHS Community:
This week is a very important time as students have settled into their Spring term classes and our first interims will be distributed today. I like to take this time to remind our community that JAYEM A.M. begins on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. Please make sure that your student takes advantage of the opportunity to obtain additional enrichment and remediation.
Our Spring Sports officially begin on Monday, February 18, 2013. Please remember that students must have a physical and a 2.0 GPA in order to try out for Spring Sports.
On Thursday, February 21, 2013 we will have our Spring Term Back to School Night. We are asking for all parents to be in attendance so that they can meet their student’s teachers and hear important information regarding the 10 point Grading Scale for the 2013-2104 School Year as well as information regarding the Course Requests Process for next year.
We will begin our Course Requests Process on March 1, 2013 as students will obtain their Course of Studies Books and Course Requests Forms. Please take the time to review this information with your student that weekend and encourage your student to touch base with their teachers for teacher recommendations and information on their classes for next year. We will use the first fifteen minutes of JAYEM A.M. the week of March 4th-8th to allow students to touch base with their teachers. All signed Course Requests forms are due to guidance by March 15, 2013.
We want to make sure that our students start this term on a good note. Continue to be involved in your student’s life and please keep in constant communication with their teachers.
The JMHS School Community:
We have reached the end of the Fall Term for the 2012-2013 school year. I want to take this time to remind all students to prepare for the Final Exams and SOL Tests which will begin on January 16, 2013. Recently, we have noticed that a lot of our students have displayed some behavior that is out of character, and I feel that these poor decisions could be based on student anxiety towards their final grades.
The faculty and staff at The James Monroe High School have been preparing students with review activities and instruction for the last week or so. Teachers have also stayed after school for remediation, in the hope of providing students with additional opportunities for success. I truly hope that your student has taken advantage of this extra instructionl time and will come to school prepared for these very important assessments.
Please check our EXAM/SOL Schedule that is posted on our website under announcements and alerts. Students will take one assessment per day and we will begin to have early release days on January 18, 2013. If students are eligible for expedited retakes for their SOL tests, please make sure they stay after on our early release days for remediation and another chance at passing the test. I also want to remind everyone that today is the last day of JAYEM A.M. and that school will begin at 7:45 A.M. beginning on Monday, January 14, 2013. Please be on time.
We want to make sure that all students end the Fall term on a positive note. Please assist your student in being the best he or she can be and to reach their potential.
The JMHS School Community:
Very soon, our local media outlet will post a report detailing the Federal Graduation Rate of the high schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I want to take this time to inform our school community of the difference in the Federal Graduation Rate and the Graduation Completion Index used by the Virginia Department of Education.
1) The Federal Graduation Rate only counts those students that have earned a Standard or an Advanced Diploma. If a special education student graduates with a modified standard diploma, this diploma is not counted in the Federal Graduation Rate. If a student completes the GED program, the completer is not counted in the Federal Graduation Rate.
2) For many special education students, and English as a Second Language Students, it may take them five years to graduate. For both groups of populations, the students can be publically educated until the age of 22. Currently, this is 19% of The James Monroe High School’s population. Currently, the Federal Graduation Rate for the class of 2011 is 81%. The Graduation Rate for the class of 2012 has not been posted by the Virginia Department of Education.
3) Using the Graduation Completion Index, where every student that graduates earns 100 points, students who earn the GED earn 75 points, and students who are still in school (usually our SPED or ESL students) earn 70 points. The Virginia Department of Education then totals the student points from the graduating class and divides it by the total number of points possible. (If every student graduated with a diploma in four years) Using this formula, The James Monroe High School has an 89% graduation rate for the Graduating Class of 2011. All high schools and school divisions were instructed to use this formula for accreditation purposes beginning last school year. That is an 8% difference than the Federal Graduation Report.
4) The James Monroe High School has worked tiredlessly to reduce the drop-out rate for our students. The Federal Report States that the annual drop-out rate has been reduced to 1.57%. As we continue to monitor our students and improve our graduaton rate, we have reduced that number to 1.14%.
5) Lastly, The James Monroe High School has met all criteria necessary for the Federal Annual Measurable Objectives. This classification was previously referred to as making Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP. This means that ALLstudents are being educated to the best of our teacher’s abilities and all students are achieving both in the classroom and graduating at a very high percentage. Congratulations for a job well done!!!
In the end, our school is excelling and improving each year. The graduation rate of The James Monroe High School has improved every year under the current administration. We will always make sure that our school community knows the facts, the process, and continues to support The James Monroe High School.
All of the data that will be listed in a local media outlet can be found at https://p1pe.doe.virginia.gov/reportcard/. Please choose Fredericksburg City for the Division Name and James Monroe High School for the School Name.
We will continue to strive for excellence in education for all students!!!
Dr. John B. Gordon III
Principal-The James Monroe High School