New Year’s greetings to our NSH family! I hope the break has been a time to rest and rejuvenate. As we begin 2019, it seems fitting to reflect on and celebrate what we have accomplished so far in this school year:
- New School High welcomed 26 new students to our learning community.
- 52 Parent-Student-Teacher conferences were held, representing 78% of our families.
- Over 40 parents donated their time to support school projects and after-school co-curricular activities.
- The NSH Boosters Fall Funding Drive made excellent progress in reaching their goal of $10,000.
- Community partners such as Community Financial Credit Union and our Robotics sponsors Ford Motor Company and Clips and Clamps are serving as valuable resources for student learning.
- Staff, students, and parents provided thoughtful input into the revised Student Handbook and Code of Conduct for board approval in January.
- The annual financial audit was completed with no findings, and noted continued positive growth of the school’s fund balance.
- Briana Sprague, the first NSH parent to serve on the Board of Directors, was named President at the Annual Meeting.
- Office resources were upgraded with a new phone system, new copy machine, and electronic system for tracking special education documents
- The board established two new committees which include several current parents — — Marketing Committee and Facilities Committee
- Families kept our shelves stocked with their generous donations of copy paper, tissue, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and paper towels.
- Business Operations Manager Wendi Felgner and Government teacher Bill Solmes were added to our staff in September.
- Steven McClary, Science teacher, began his graduate studies with Central Michigan University; Karl Sikkenga, History teacher, was granted Administrator credentials by the Michigan Department of Education.
- Teachers and support staff participated in many professional development opportunities on a wide variety of topics: Restorative Practice conference, PSAT/SAT School Day Implementation workshop, Mental Health First Aid training, CMU Business Manager Roundtable meeting, MI-Access Testing training, CMU Annual Charter School conference, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) training, ACT College and Career Readiness workshop, FIRST Robotics workshop, WayneRESA Counselor Connection meetings, vaping webinars, CMU Understand Your Charter Contract seminar, and Math Circle.
- 17 students were enrolled in Advanced Placement courses; 6 others were enrolled in electives through Michigan Virtual School.
- 12 students developed original Independent Study courses.
- 2 students were dual enrolled for 3 courses at Schoolcraft College and 1 student was dual enrolled at the College for Creative Studies.
- 13 students are participating as cast and crew of Othello, our school’s first theater production to be performed in February
- 5 Independent Study Film students participated in 5 visits to the Ann Arbor campus of the UM to experience courses in its acclaimed Film, Television and Media department.
- All students attended in-school presentations on college and careers by Madonna University, Washtenaw Community College, Central Michigan University, Saginaw Valley State University, US Army, University of Michigan, US Marines, Michigan State University, Oakland University, Wayne State University, Western Michigan University, and the US Navy.
- Field trips included the Greater Grace Temple for a Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert for all students, the Othello cast and crew participated in the Ring of Steel stage combat workshop, the robotics team toured Clips and Clamps manufacturing company and also participated in the Kick-Off at Novi High School.
- 16 students are participating on two Cobra Basketball teams, doubling its size from last season.
- Social events during fall term included the Halloween Dance Party, Hayride at 3 Cedars, and 2 movie nights.
- Service activities included the Celebration of Inspiration and Gratitude, Holiday Clothes event, and December canned food collection.
- The Urban Farming organization presented the science classes with equipment and materials to teach principles of sustainable farming.