September 25, 2017
TO: ALL Parents and Students at Tooele High School, 2017-2018
FROM: Jeffrey D. Hamm, Principal, Tooele High School
Dear Parents and Students:
We are off and running--again--hard to believe that it is already mid-term of the first quarter!! It's been a busy--and rewarding--inaugural five weeks, to say the least!! From our Back-to-School Night to the “Howdy” Assembly; from School Pictures to our first Fire Drill; from College & Career Readiness (CCR) Day to hosting our first Makeup Monday-- we've gotten our school year off to a FANTASTIC start!!! And ALL of this, of course, is in addition to ALL the athletic and extracurricular activities going on in between.
Attached you will find your child's mid-term grades for first quarter. Remember that we will no longer be mailing hard copies of mid-terms home to parents--only final report cards at the end of each quarter. So please review these with your student(s)--including accessing the fuller, more detailed report on the SIS (Aspire) grading system--and then contact your children's teacher(s) if you have any additional questions or concerns regarding their grades. We would also ask you to review your student's attendance periodically--and consistently--with them so that there are not any surprises at the end of the quarter (or year) with "U's" and/or any other potential truancy issues.
Accreditation and School Grading: After passing off our Accreditation process with flying colors at the end of last year--we are now a fully accredited high school through the end of the 2022 school year--here comes the state of Utah’s school grading. Unfortunately, we were assigned a letter grade of “D” for this past year, based upon our standardized testing results. Tooele High School has been flirting with the line between a “C” and a “D” ever since the state began assigning letter grades, and there are a lot of different elements factoring into it--including the cut scores being raised (again); our number of opt-out letters more than quadrupling last year; and not being able to SAGE test our Junior class at all, who historically delivers our best testing results.
But I am well aware that we are a results-driven profession--judged upon the bottom line--and this past year we fell grotesquely short of our goals. Heck, I was disappointed in the “C” from the year before! In any event, I take full responsibility and ownership in the “D,” with my only commitment to all our stakeholders being that it will improve. I just want everyone to know that Tooele High School is so much more--and so much better--than a “D” school. Great, amazing, wonderful things happen here every single day with our staff and your student(s), and the last thing we want is to fall into a stereotype--or to be labelled--as a “D.” Our faculty, staff, and students work really hard each day to be our collective best--this is the expectation that we have set for ourselves--and we will get better!!!
Finally, please reference the attached dates of importance to keep up with what’s going on at our school. Specifically, you will note that, among many other happenings, this
week is Homecoming (vs. Ogden), with a full slate of activities planned, as follows:
Homecoming Week: Monday-Saturday, September 25-30
o Senior T-Day - Seniors meet at the base of the “T” at 9:00 a.m.
o Kickball Tournament - 4:00 p.m. at the softball fields by the swimming pool.
o Light the “T” - Meet at St. Marguerite’s @ 7:00 p.m.; Light the “T” @ 8:00 p.m.