Principal, Warren County High School
To our in-coming freshmen, welcome to Warren County High School! To our returning students, welcome back! I am looking forward to an excellent school year.
Last year saw the closing of the Mildred E. Freeman Elementary School building. That building held decades of precious memories for many Warren County graduates and community members. Unfortunately, the building was in a state of decline that could not be reversed without a huge outlay of capital, and because of this, Mildred E. Freeman Elementary School, Warren County Middle School, and Warren County High School all came to be housed under the same roof. We all felt that the 2014-2015 school year would be a difficult one as we all figured out how to work with one another, but I am happy to say that the school year went by very smoothly, and all three schools made great strides toward becoming a more unified whole. As in previous years, the elementary school students participated in the Miss WCHS Pageant, but this past year we had a combined homecoming pep rally and the elementary schools’ students’ energy and enthusiasm were contagious. We also had combined the Christmas and Black History Programs, high school students helped with M.E.F. Field Day, and M.E.F. teachers even graciously agreed to help man the ticket booth for high school athletic events. We are looking forward to this being an even better year as the principals continue to work with one another for the good of all of our students.
I am pleased to say that we did not have a lot of teacher turnover this year. After spending the last three years here at WCHS, Miss Ladonna Perkins, who taught English, resigned in May so that she could work more closely to home and her newborn son. WCHS appreciates Miss Perkins contributions, and she will be sorely missed. Replacing Miss Perkins is D’Lee Pollock-Moore. Mrs. Pollock-Moore comes to us after spending a year teaching English at Thomson High School. Mrs. Pollock-Moore is excited about joining our staff. Before teaching at Thomson High School, she taught in Bryan County at a school of around 500 students. She came to WCHS because she missed the intimacy and family feel that can only be experienced in a small school environment. I am pleased to welcome Mrs. Pollock-Moore to the WCHS family.
In 2013, the Georgia Department of Education released its first College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores. This information can be found at http://ccrpi.gadoe.org/2014/. The CCRPI score compares all Georgia elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and school districts to one another in terms of how well their students are prepared for college, technical school, and/or careers upon graduation from high school. The index is based on a 100 point scale with 100 being a perfect score. Many components go into the calculation of the CCRPI score, a few of which are student attendance, standardized test scores, participation in Career Technical and Agriculture Education (CTAE) classes, and high school graduation rate. Between 2012 and 2014, WCHS’ CCRPI score climbed from a 56.4 to a 72.2. WCHS’ CCRPI score for 2014 of 72.2 was nearly four points higher than the state average of 68.4. Additionally, out of the school systems in the area, which include Burke, Columbia, Emanuel, Glascock, Greene, Hancock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Taliaferro, Washington, and Wilkes, only Columbia, Glascock, and Wilkes Counties had a higher CCRPI score than WCHS. This impressive accomplishment is due both to our hardworking teachers who do their best to encourage and inspire your children on a daily basis, and your children who work hard and are receptive to our teachers’ efforts.
This past year, the Georgia Department of Education rolled out the Georgia Milestones Assessment System. The Georgia Milestones is a series of assessments that took the place of the CRCT for elementary and middle schools students, and the EOCT for high school students. The Milestones Assessments are different from previous assessments in that they have open ended questions, compare better to nationwide standardized tests due to increased rigor, and are more tightly connected. For instance, in order to achieve a passing score on the math CRCT, an eighth grade student only needed to answer 40-50% of the questions correctly. Ninth grade math students, however, needed to answer at least 70% of their EOCT questions correctly in order to achieve a passing score. Because of this and other differences, it was difficult to use a student’s eighth grade math CRCT score to gauge how well the student would perform in ninth grade math. It was a common state wide problem to see a student pass the eighth grade math CRCT, but fail the ninth grade math EOCT the following year. There was some word going around that the Georgia Milestones did not count during the 2014-2015 school year, and even though the school will not receive its students’ scores until January 2016, the Milestones will count in WCHS’ College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).
WCHS is working in partnership with East Georgia College to offer college math and English classes to its students at the Warren County Career Academy. In order to participate, students need to make qualifying scores on the ACT or SAT. Upon successful completion of the courses, students will receive credit and will not have to take those classes in college. College classes can cost anywhere from $900- $3000, but our students will be able to take advantage of this opportunity free of charge.
In July, the Warren County School System will received a much needed website update. The website, which will be more attractive and user friendly, will also have individual webpages for our teachers. At first, teachers will only be asked to put their course syllabus and classroom expectations on their pages. Our goal is to add links to educational websites and add homework assignments and pacing guides to teacher webpages. Because all teachers are different, it is reasonable to expect that some will have a lot more information on their webpages than others. In addition to the website and webpages, Parent Portal will be activated in August. Parent Portal, which is a program that allows students and parents to look at their grades at any time, can be accessed online through computers, tablets, and mobile devices. During the first few days of school, parents will need to come and register so that they can take advantage of this opportunity. Only official guardians who have a valid ID may receive a Parent Portal login, and the registration must take place at WCHS. We hope that this will make information more accessible and enhance communication between the parents and the school.
Our ongoing mission here is to make our students college and career ready. Life is about maximizing opportunities and having an education puts people in the position to do so. Thank you for entrusting your children to us and we ask for your continued support as we strive to prepare your children for life.
Trevor E. Roberson