Principal Message

Principal Tim Stults

October 1, 2020

Hello Warrior Families,

As we close the first mid-quarter of the school year, there are a few things to be mindful of and to celebrate even in the midst of school closures and online learning.

Our mission statement says: “Clover Park High School is a diverse learning community where students develop the knowledge, perseverance and skills to become lifelong learners focused on serving and leading in a global society”. At Clover Park, we are all proud of the diversity of our student body. Our students bring energy and thoughtful perspectives to the work on equity and inclusiveness. We want all of our students to feel connected to our school community and the opportunity they have to develop and hone the skills that will carry them into successful futures. We need their perspectives on the issues that confront us all.

One tremendous celebration is our school district’s commitment to a one to one environment. Over the summer, the CPSD purchased thousands of new laptops and hotspots in order to provide for an equitable learning opportunity throughout the district. Without that commitment, our students would not have the same opportunity to engage in high levels of instruction that are afforded students in other areas of the state. While learning online is not a perfect solution and we all miss seeing our students in class and on the fields of competition it is a great opportunity for students to learn a new set of skills that are increasingly in demand in the work place. So, dig in and get good at this!

In order to accomplish our mission, we need a renewed sense of urgency to improve our attendance in school. This is true whether we are in classes online or in the building. Students with an attendance rate that is lower than 90% (18 days over the course of a year and 2 days absent per month) are significantly more likely to fail classes and ultimately not graduate on time. It is imperative that our students improve their attendance rate.

Open House is scheduled for Thursday October 8th! That’s right, we are holding Open House virtually this year. I am excited that we will be able to hold our open house in a new format; rather than sending families all over the building we will host families in advisory classes. Advisors will provide families some valuable information- answers to questions like: How can family member support students with online learning? What is the difference between synchronous and asynchronous learning? How can families engage with our student’s teachers online? How do we all stay involved and stay connected? How do we support students with the social emotional side of the learning experience? And many more questions will be addressed. After the virtual conversation with your student’s advisor there will be a number of pre-recorded videos that will be available in the family’s home language. These videos will be from teachers, administrators, college and career center coordinator, librarian, nurse, counselors, graduation coaches, family engagement, and our dean. Each advisor will host two 30-minute sessions: at 5:30 and 6:30. Families only need to attend one of these sessions. Advisors will provide links to the videos that will be available. Families will log into their student’s advisory session in TEAMS- on their laptop. We hope to “See” you there! Unfortunately, this means there will be no chili at this year’s Open House- I promise to make it up to you!!

Student Led Conferences are coming up in November on Wednesday the 18th, Thursday the 19th, and Friday the 20th. The hours for conferencing will be from 12:00 to 7 p.m. on the 18th and 19th and from 12:00 to 2:30 on 20th. We are planning for 100% participation! This is a great way to connect with advisors again after the Open House and get a real sense of the progress your student is making.

Thank you for the amazing honor it is to serve your children and our community every day! Together we can make this the best school in the state- online or otherwise! We appreciate all of you every day!

Tim Stults- Very Proud CPHS Principal

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