Principals of Jasper High School and Jasper Jr. High School recently gave presentations to the Jasper City Board of Education on how they are faring in continuous improvement plan goals. Jasper …
Principals of Jasper High School and Jasper Jr. High School recently gave presentations to the Jasper City Board of Education on how they are faring in continuous improvement plan goals.
Jasper Jr. High Principal Lutis Moore first addressed the school board at their monthly meeting on Jan. 28. Moore was proud to report the school has met its goal of decreasing discipline by 5 percent so far, which he attributes to a newly implemented "house" system.
"Every student is placed in a certain house or a certain team. Those students are then given guidance by teachers in family time," Moore explained. "It's a time for teachers to build relationships with those students."
He said tardies are also down this school year. Last year, 950 tardies were recorded, and only 456 have occurred this year. Unexcused absences are slightly up this year, however.
Moore also reported a parent involvement team to establish a community connection has been successful. He also noted the school's goal to achieve STEM accreditation is pushing forward by implementing cross-curriculum activities.
Jasper High Principal Jonathan Allen also spoke of the high school striving for STEM accreditation.
"We've got to look strategically at linking kids toward a pathway for a future," he said.
STEM activities encourage students to think critically in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Activities are typically hands-on where students complete problem-solving exercises.
"As we think about what our community needs, I think this will be a critical tool in recruitment for industry. We want to provide a workforce that is ready for the industry that's brought in," he said.
Allen reported that many of the school's continuous improvement goals are being met. He said chronic absenteeism is down, and strategies to improve ACT scores are working, such as a Sunday school program.
Both principals also spoke of increasing proficiency in subject areas and their desire to work closer with special education students to improve retention.