W.I.N. = What I Need
Football coach Bear Bryant once said, “Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.” The Creek Valley Board of Education established its goal for the 2021-22 school year to “increase student achievement and success.” One way for this to be accomplished is by “increasing staff expectations and accountability and can be measured by MAPS scores, the number of students on the downlist, and office referrals.
As we have now completed one semester of the school year, we have spent a lot of time as a staff addressing MAPS scores, implementing a new online intervention program (IXL) to support improvement on those scores, and supporting the student code of conduct by following the student handbook. Now it is time for us to be implementing strategies to address the ongoing down list at the 7-12 grade levels.
One might ask, ‘How do you plan to reduce the down list numbers?’ This is probably what many of my colleagues might call ‘the million dollar question.’ For my ranching friends, I myself have used the phrase in the past, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” While I may not have the solution or guaranteed answer to this question or problem, what I can promise is that we cannot sit by and do nothing; we must try.
On Monday, January 10, 2022, a group of teachers met and formed an organizational committee to focus on academic achievement for our students so that our students are provided with the support and tools they need to be successful. They are worth it. Beginning after school on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, the W.I.N. time will commence! This is an exciting time for academics. Each week, students will be provided with an opportunity to come and work on skills and homework that might be lacking and placing them on the downlist.
More details will come to parents, students, and staff via Thrillshare and email, but note that the program is designed to support students’ achievement academically. Watch for more information on the specific requirements and expectations! Every student is unique and capable of learning and achieving success. In agreement with these words from another football legend, Vince Lombardi, “Winning means you’re willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else.”
From the desk of Principal Amy Hostetler, 1/12/22