Maine-Endwell Central School District

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Principal's Message
2013912135146107_image.jpg image Dear Spartan Community,
 
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! I hope everyone is enjoying their last few weeks of summer as many of our students are already beginning fall sports and other activities. We are very excited to celebrate the class of 2018 as they begin their senior year as well as welcome the class of 2021 to the high school. We are looking forward to seeing all of our students on the first day of school September 7th.
 
Our “Reach For Excellence” continues:

We are very proud that our building was designated by the state as a “Reward School!” We are the only high school in Broome County to earn this designation from the state. This designation takes into account multiple qualifying factors such as graduation rate, college readiness and number of advanced designation diplomas and students completing certification in career/tech ed. programs.

We continue to strive toward our goal of improving achievement on Regents examinations. This past year our students performed again as one of the premier schools in the region. Our building scores were in the top 3 regionally in nearly all of our exams in Proficiency (65% or higher) and Mastery (85% or higher).
 

New Additions/Programs- Due to enhancements in programming and retirements, the high school will have seven new teachers. These additions will allow us to address a growing need in student support services as well as increase opportunities for students to take college coursework in high school. We will be offering multiple Fast Forward College Courses through SUNY BROOME to students as well as a variety of AP courses. We are also very excited to continue expanding our business programming and tech course offerings

Grading Policy- The key components of the grading policy are:
Achievement 80%= Tests, Quizzes, Performance Rubrics, Projects etc.
Process 20%= Homework, Class Participation, Group Work etc.

• Assignments that are not turned in are coded with an “M” for Missing. Teachers will work with students to ensure that the mandatory assignment is turned in and a grade will be counted until the end of the grading quarter.
• Teachers decide what is assessed and where assessments are categorized in the gradebook. Teachers also decide the form of remediation and reassessment that should take place.
• Teachers ultimately decide the grade of a student. If a teacher feels that the calculated grade is not an accurate indicator of what a child has learned they reserve the right to change the grade while citing the reason for the change.
• If you have any concerns about the grading policy please contact the main office. I would be happy to meet with any parents or students to discuss how this policy is built to benefit all students.

Attendance – Attendance is the most important factor in determining student success in classes. Nearly every failed course can be connected to a student who has missed an abnormally high amount of classes. Therefore, the attendance policy for the high school, is designed to focus on students with unexcused absences. Additionally, we will be intensely focusing on individually missed classes, especially in the morning and afternoon. These unexcused absences will directly result in students being ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities and restricted privileges.

Please make sure if your child misses school that you notify the office and send in a note within 5 days of their return to school. All absences that are left unexplained will be treated as disciplinary issues as truancy. Please review the full policy available on our website and contact the main office if you have any questions.

Safety Reminders - Please drop off your students in the back of the high school near the stadium or in the front entrance near the pool. Please do not drop off or pick up students in the front bus circle during bussing times. In addition, remember to slow down for all school zones and stop for all busses when red lights are flashing. We appreciate your help in keeping our students and community safe!

Again, we are looking forward to welcoming in the class of 2018 as seniors, and a new group of 9th grade students who will undoubtedly add to our building culture and “Spartan Pride.” Please check the calendar as we are planning a number of back to school activities for our students, starting with our “Welcome to the High School Night” for incoming 9th graders and new students to M-E on August 31st from 6-7pm. The staff here at Maine-Endwell thanks you for your support and everything you are doing to prepare our students for a successful year.

Sincerely,

Thomas Burkhardt, Principal
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