My first year as Secondary Principal was wonderful. Tri-Valley has great students, who are taught by great teachers, who are part of a great school and school district, who come from great families, who are supported by a great community. Great achievements are only accomplished through the vision, hard work and persistence of a great team. What more can I ask for?
I look forward to my second year as Secondary Principal. We have planned for an outstanding and exciting 2019-20 school year, building upon the success of the past year. We will continue to build upon our building-wide expectations and initiatives under the vision of “Everyone Matters.” If we are truly going to positively impact teaching and learning and be a school of excellence, Everyone Matters!
As we strive for excellence, it is our charge and responsibility to provide a safe and nurturing school environment where Everyone Matters, feels valued and connected, and is engaged in learning and growing. There is no place for bullying or harassment in our school.
Through retirements and resignations, we plan on havinghad 15-16 new faces at the Secondary School greeting students when they returned to Tri-Valley in September. With the departure of our two guidance counselors, and two new guidance counselors joining us this year, we have taken the opportunity to adjust student responsibilities for our counselors. Our guidance counselors will continue to stay with the same students for their secondary school career. However, instead of assigning students based on the alphabet, assignments will be based on grade levels.
For this year, Nicole Bishop will be responsible for students in grades 8, 10 and 12, while McKenna Alonge will have grades 7, 9 and 11. This change will allow us to have the counselors work collaboratively with grade level teams to support students and to push into classrooms to work directly with students fostering college and career readiness.
The Secondary School is excited to offer new courses in art and music to provide opportunities for students to more fully develop their skills and abilities. I believe strongly that we owe it to each of our students to provide opportunities for them to excel. Each student should be challenged to take rigorous coursework.
We will continue to cultivate a culture of excellence on behalf of our students and ensure that all students learn and develop to their maximum potential. Our students deserve the best quality education and preparation to be college and career ready. Towards this goal, we are moving from a 2-day (A-B days) schedule to a 6-day schedule (A-F days), which allows us to provide additional supports and learning opportunities for our students.
I also highly encourage students to get involved in their school either through athletics, clubs, our arts programs and or organizations like Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Future Farmers of America (FFA), or other similar programs.
The parking lot on the Route 55 side of the building will now be used for staff parking only. Student parking is in the lot on the Moore Hill side of the building. Upon arrival to school in the morning, students will only be able to enter the building through the main Secondary School entrance or the PPS (Old Middle School) entrance. Students may no longer enter the building from the door on the Route 55 side of the building. Students will still need a parking pass to park in the student parking section of the lot. All students that wish to drive a car on campus must see Ms. Stryker to obtain a parking permit application.
On the first day (Sept. 5, 2019) students were sent home with important information, including the Student-Parent Handbook. I ask that you review these materials with your child. Each student received an agenda to help with organization, planning and recording assignments.
I look forward to partnering with you, on behalf of our students. Please do not hesitate to contact me throughout the school year with any questions, concerns or comments you may have regarding your student’s progress at Tri-Valley.