The beginning of a new year is a good time to look back on what we have accomplished together. Here is a brief summary of New School High points of pride since September 2019:
- New School High welcomed 26 new students in 2019.
- The annual financial audit was completed by Croskey-Lanni accounting firm 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 approved as President for a second year at the Annual Meeting.
- The Board of Directors expanded from 5 to 7 members. Our new trustees include NSH parent Carolyn King and life-long educator Nic Cooper.
- New School High is proud to be authorized by Eastern Michigan University with a new 5-year charter contract.
- School data resources were dramatically upgraded with the launch of the Infinite Campus student data system
- Over 40 parents donated their time to support school events, serve as career speakers, and guide our students during after-school co-curricular activities.
- Families kept our shelves stocked with their generous donations of copy paper, tissue, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and paper towels.
- Nearly 100% of parents have met with staff throughout the first term; this includes Parent-Student-Teacher conferences in December.
- Community partners such as Community Financial Credit Union, the Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce, and our Robotics sponsors (State of Michigan, Ford Motor Company, Tenneco) provide valuable resources for our students.
- The first Fall Community Open House was held to help members of the community get to know our school.
- Dean of Students Tracy Lynn, Math teacher Mia Davila and PE/Health teacher Ashley Raskey joined our staff in September.
- Teachers and support staff participated in many professional development opportunities on a wide variety of topics: Pupil Accounting, Special Education, Wayne County Secondary Principals Network, Robotics Mentor Conference, ACT College Workshop for Counselors, EMU Leadership Meetings, Wayne County Public School Academy Meetings, scheduling webinar, Wayne County Counselor Network, College Board Implementation webinar, student engagement webinar, Ann Arbor SCORE group, Registered Apprenticeship workshop, and others. Staff also learned more about restorative practice, standardized testing data, trauma-informed schools, classroom management, project-based learning and school safety.
- To increase awareness of our school in the community, NSH administrators participated in the High School Night at Plymouth Scholars, and met with students at Dearborn Heights Montessori School and Branchline School in Livonia. In addition, NSH Robotics had a display at a recent UM basketball game at Crisler Arena.
- 8 students were enrolled in Advanced Placement courses; 6 others were enrolled in electives that reflected their individual interests through Michigan Virtual School.
- 2 students participated in internships: Film studies at the University of Michigan Donald Hall Collection film library in Ann Arbor and Early Elementary Education at the Stottlemyer Early Childhood Center in Westland.
- 3 students were dual enrolled: Washtenaw Community College for automotive, Eastern Michigan University for language studies, College for Creative Studies for art.
- All students attended presentations by Oakland University, Schoolcraft College, Eastern Michigan University, Specs Howard, Oakland Community College, Walsh College, US Marines, Wayne State University, and Grand Valley State University.
- All students attended career presentations on automotive engineering, teaching in higher education, physical therapy, and careers in IT, with more scheduled in 2020.
- Field trips included data base instruction at the Plymouth Library, a tour of the Plymouth Historical Museum, a presentation about local government at Plymouth City Hall; FIRST Robotics Kick-Off (Robotics team), a visit to the Academy of the Americas and a Mexican neighborhood in Detroit (Spanish).
- 6 students participated in Shakespeare for Girls, an innovative literature seminar with UM graduate student Lindsay Frischmuth.
- Students learned about investing, checking, and auto loans; served as tellers at the monthly New School High branch office of CFCU with associate Kristen LaForest.
- NSH students volunteered at the Rotary Spaghetti Dinner, created a display for the Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce Scarecrows in the Park event, wrapped purchases for holiday shoppers at Barnes and Noble Bookseller, wrote letters to veterans, and donated socks, mitten, and hats for the homeless.