I have many highlights to share from our first few weeks of school. I've met with students at every grade level to answer questions and discuss expectations, tips for success, gradebook, college/career readiness, testing, effort and taking pride in "Our House". We celebrated with a pep rally in preparation for our big game against Bellevue. Our varsity Greendevil football team was victorious in a 14 - 13 win over Bellevue in a special extended game on Saturday, August 27th, after the game on the previous night was delayed due to lightning. Fans and players were cheered on and inspired by our Greendevil Band of Pride and cheerleaders. Trevor Simpson made 2 game securing interceptions! In soccer, three lady Devils scored in the victory over Bellevue, leading the Greendevil soccer team to a 3 and 1 record. Libby Lukens picked up the all- tourney honor at the soccer All A Classic. Our volleyball team won the runner up trophy at the Ludlow Classic. Emma Donelan and Morgan Kubala earned all-tourney honors.
We're elated with a strong academic start this year. In 2015-2016, we had 4 vocational school students. This year we have 18 vocational students enrolled in industry certification programs, including masonry, medical, auto repair, carpentry and electrical. In 2015-2016, we had 9 students enrolled in dual credit classes at Gateway, an opportunity for our students to complete their freshman year of college prior to graduating from high school. We are proud to have 23 students enrolled in dual credit classes this year! We began our 2015-2016 school year with approximately 19% of our Seniors college and/or career ready. The Class of 2017 seniors have begun our school year with 32% college and/or career ready.
Students enjoyed watching teachers behave like students in a PBIS video edited by student council members with the help of teachers Wes Newsome and Beth Fields-Hunt, who was recognized during our pep rally as teacher of the month. Teachers and students have been focused on positive schoolwide expectations, common area expectations and classroom expectations with the goal of becoming a model tier three PBIS school (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports).
We received a Magnified Giving grant for our Seniors to research, defend and award $1,500 to one or more non-profit organizations. Magnified Giving was founded in 2008 by Roger Grein, an active philanthropist in the area. YSC Coordinator, Sherri Chan, will take the lead with students on this grant opportunity and work with science teacher, Rian Embry. It will be a unique opportunity for our students to learn through service. We are poised for continued success and greatness. Watch for more news this year as we pursue opportunities and grants to engage more students in 21st century skills, problem solving, invention, service learning and 3D modeling technology.
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Ryan Kellinghaus, Principal