From Frank T. Gallagher, Superintendent of Schools
On Monday, August 25th the fleet of yellow buses will be rolling and nearly 6,500 students will be coming back to school. I took time this summer to reflect on the past school year's successes, challenges, and hopeful moments that helped motivate us to move our organization forward.
In many ways 2013-14 was a fantastic year. We were recognized on many state and national levels. Our high school was ranked 18th in the state and all of our schools are in the top 25% for School Performance Profile scores. In fact, some of our schools are in the top 1% for School Performance Profile scores.
We have so much to celebrate and yet there remains important work to do. This year we will begin a multiyear focus in two areas. First, we will prepare and challenge our students to use emerging technologies to critically and creatively engage in research, communication, collaboration, and innovation. Let's face it, our students today are digital natives and their classrooms require the technology necessary for learning and growth in the 21st century.
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Souderton Area High School ranked #18 in Pennsylvania
U.S. News & World Report recently released its ranking of the "Best High Schools" in the United States. Of the 690 high schools in Pennsylvania, including public high schools, magnet schools, and charter schools, Souderton Area High School was ranked #18 in the state and #3 in Montgomery County.
U. S. News & World Report examined math and reading proficiency rates on state tests, a college readiness index, and the school's student to teacher ratio to determine the rankings.
When learning of the ranking, Souderton Area High School principal Sam Varano said, "The ranking acknowledges the hard work of our students, teachers, parents, and community! We have a great amount of pride in our school. The high rank in Pennsylvania should help to increase that pride."
For a link to a story about the achievement, click here.
SPOTLIGHT VIDEO - Evening of Sharing
Challenge students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades complete PEPs (Personal Exploration Projects) during the second trimester of the year. PEPs are designed to encourage students to investigate topics that they are truly interested in learning about in depth. There are four components: research, writing, visual and oral presentation. The project culminates with the Challenge Evening of Sharing at the High School. This is a celebration of their hard work and learning experience. Here they have the chance to share their learning as well as investigate others' projects.
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