LVHS Principal blog post 01-29-2018: LVHS Graduation rate increases
Well I have been hinting that I was holding off on some great news, and now most of you have probably watched or heard a news story about the state of Wyoming's graduation rate going up and the overall percentages for school districts around the state. It is my pleasure to inform you all that for the first time since it has been calculated by the method created by NCLB, Lander Valley High School has a graduation rate over 90% with the class of 2016-17 earning a 91.49 percent graduation rate. Although this is not the 100% that we are all shooting for, it is data that validates the very difficult work the students and staff at LVHS have been doing and also supports a trend of increased graduation rate over the last several years. See graph below for more information about previous grad rates:
When you couple this information with our most recent recognition as the only school in the state to be named to the AP Honor Roll, we feel confident that we are addressing issues at both ends of our learning spectrum! We give thanks and praise to all of our parents who have helped us to achieve this as we recognize that education is truly a community effort.
On Thursday our Instructional Facilitator, Hillary Reisig, Math Instructor, Shawna Morgan, and myself had the honor and privilege of presenting to the statewide Echo forum on School Leadership hosted through the University of Wyoming. We were asked to present on the Professional Learning Community and Standards Based Grading movements in our building. The process allowed for lots of reflection and brainstorming and we look forward to continuing our tremendous progress in the years to come. I know that there has been many questions from parents along the road, but please know that we are ahead of the curve in a very exciting national education movement and are being looked at among many as a leader amongst high schools in this area. Please bring us your questions and feedback so that we can continue to move understand the many dimensions related to this process.
Congrats to all of our activities who continue to compete at high levels, with basketball, wrestling, nordic, swimming and speech and debate all in full motion. In the background we have FBLA and FFA both prepping for their upcoming spring state competitions as well as our newly created TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Math and Science) teams will head to Laramie on February 19th to compete in the newly formed state competition. We have a myriad of things always going on at LVHS and hope that your son or daughter has found a way to be involved in an extra/co curricular activity to keep them fully engaged in the educational process. If they have not, please don't hesitate to contact myself or a guidance counselor to help them find a niche in our very diverse building.
Parents please remember that the district-wide PIE meeting will be held on Monday, February 5th at 6pm at Central Office thus we will not have our regularly scheduled monthly meeting in February.
I hope everyone has an amazing week,
Brad Neuendorf, LVHS Principal