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Spring State of School News

Spring State of School News
Posted on 04/09/2019
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HOUSE MUNICIPAL SCHOOLS                

State of the School House Municipal Schools

 As we enter the final quarter of this school year, we have much to celebrate as a school and as a community. I am extremely proud of the work done by staff and students. Working in this school is a privilege for me, and I am humbled to be surrounded by the vast dedication and student-centered work being done here.

 

We are all aware of the tremendous work done by elementary students and teachers to improve the school’s grade from a D to an A in only one year. If our current estimates hold true during the upcoming testing cycle, our English Language Arts proficiency rates will have improved across all grade levels by 26 percent; if our math proficiency estimates also hold true, we will have improved by 43 percent over the past two years. Every educator is in this profession to challenge students to be the best they can be, and our consistent goal is to have students reach their grade-level potential in every area, in every class, in every grade.

 

In addition to amazing improvements in academic proficiency, I am extremely proud of the new opportunities and programs for our students. We have initiated an athletic co-op with Grady and San Jon Schools and expanded our journalism and archery programs. These are in addition to FFA, BPA and yearbook competitive events provided to House students. I truly believe students learn a tremendous lesson when they compete with like-minded students at events away from our campus. We have been extremely successful the past two years in each of these areas because of our staff dedication, student participation and parent commitment.

 

We also have upgraded our library recently, so if you have not had a chance to stop by and see the new upgrades, we welcome you to swing by. We have been able to purchase new furniture, thanks to library bonds. We are also proud of the House Cowboy mural, which every student helped paint, as well as our unofficial motto, “Where everyone is someone special,” painted on the newly refreshed Cowboy green wall. If the library is not stunning enough to instill renewed school pride, I welcome you to come to the cafeteria and see all of the graduating classes’ composite pictures that have been removed from storage and hung on the cafeteria walls. It’s very impressive!

 

There is also good news in the financial status of House Schools. I am sure that most of you are aware of the benefit to our school from the wind farm, and with the new negotiations between House Schools and Quay County, there will be a huge increase to our school over the next 30 years. Additionally, I have been able to take advantage of just over a half-million dollars in financial benefits for our students in the past two years.

None of this new money is permitted to be used for staff salaries. Some of it has provided math and reading experts to every teacher, and some covered technology upgrades including touchscreen Promethean Boards in every classroom. 

 

A little less conspicuous, but equally important, is facility maintenance. We are now equipped with a “ground” and better surge protection on our fire-alarm panel in the case of lightning strikes. We have recently installed fiber optics to replace cables running overhead, which provide better internet service and lessen the eyesore of overhead cables.  House Schools also has been included in a security grant to upgrade the safety of our campus. We are reviewing our options to pay for our portion of this security upgrade, and I anticipate this project will be completed within the next two years.

 

Finally, we are hoping to repave the front parking lot. If we are selected for this project, it will be funded almost exclusively by the Department of Transportation. We have a lot to be proud of. I am proud to be the superintendent of House Schools, and I can’t wait to continue the great work we have begun. I wish your family a safe, restful, blessed, fun-filled and book-filled summer.

 

 Bonnie

 

 

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