Happy Monday everyone! Myself, along with Mr. Epps, Dr. Worthington, Mr. Welch and Mr. Grover attended the National Catholic Education Conference in San Diego last week. THe conference always provides some of the best educational speakers, and trending programs that are shaping education in our country. Each time I attend this conference, I return fully affirmed that our school is providing the best faith filled secondary education for our students.
The keynote speaker at NCEA was David Coleman. Dr. Coleman is the president of College Board. College Board is the driving force behind the SAT exam and works in conjunction with PSAT to determine National Merit qualifiers and help prepare students who wish to take the SAT. College Board has restructured the SAT over the past two years and this restructuring has had a direct affect on both exams. McGuinness students participated in the norming of the new PSAT, and I believe had a positive impact on our students performance this past fall. I have no doubt, the work we are doing to analyze test data and pass this information to teachers, students and parents is helping our students perform at the highest level when sitting for either one of these tests.
I want to take a moment to bring everyone up to date on our drug testing program. We began our random drug testing in the fall of 2008. The program was expanded to drug testing all students at the beginning of each year in 2013. This year we began working with CRG Laboratories located here in Oklahoma City to assist with securing samples and testing these samples. I am very proud of our students in how they handle the testing. Since we have gone to hair testing, the time out of the classroom is minimal and the validity of the results are extremely accurate. All this being said, I am very worried about the amount of illegal drugs, i.e., marijuana that is entering our state from Colorado. Most alarming is how the drug is being introduced through candy. Included with my blog is a picture of the candy type packaging being used to entice potential young users. It is evident that, like many tobacco products, the marketing strategy is to develop users at a young age hoping to ensure their continued use when they become adults. We are hoping to provide more education for our parents and students on this subject next fall. In the meantime, I would encourage you to do all you can to research this issue.
April is here and as always is filled with activities. Please refer to the school calendar below for events and times. Junior and senior parents remember the prom is scheduled for Saturday, April 16. Olympic week is slated for April 18-22 and AP exams begin on Monday, May 2. We have enjoyed a great school year and look forward to the many events that will occur before the end of the year arrives on May 27.
Don’t forget the DanceVisions Spring Concert is April 8-9 at 7:30 pm in the Petuskey Auditorium.
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Yours in Christ,