The coming of the New Year puts everyone in a spirit of reflection and goal setting. In education, we set goals and do everything in our power to help students achieve academic success and personal happiness. I can personally assure all of our families that in this New Year, we will continue to assist Lancaster High School students in pursuing their academic goals and achieving success in whatever their school interests might be. As we begin 2016, I would like to highlight some of the recent endeavors Lancaster High School has undertaken to accomplish our goals.
In the area of academics, we continue to assess whether our students are college and career ready through an audit of our current course offerings. Our recent history of expanding our Advanced Placement courses is being built on as we look for possible additions to our already rich program. Facing the impending expense of higher education, we look at any way to alleviate that burden for students and families alike while preparing students for the rigorous college curriculum.
We also are scrutinizing our college planning programs to make changes and improve, continuing to educate students on balance and variety. Counselors are working to improve the way we educate our students and parents regarding future plans. An example of this will be an added college night on January 25th for the Juniors and their parents; Sophomores and their parents are also encouraged to attend. Similarly, we are examining our offerings of PSATs and SATs to see if any changes are needed. For returning students, the scheduling season for next year is upon us and your son or daughter will be making decisions about course offerings in the coming months. Please watch the counseling website for information and we implore you to be a part of your child’s future educational decisions.
Hopefully you have visited the Lancaster High School website recently. Improving communication with parents and families is a major goal of the administrative team. Teachers are continuously working to improve their websites based on parent input. We are trying to increase the information presented and make it more easily accessible. Many parents receive Remind messages to stay informed on their child’s education. Our next Parent/Principal forum is on Wednesday January 13th at 7:00pm in the conference room. We welcome your attendance. If unable to attend, please email the coordinators at the email listed on the Parent Information Group link under “Our School” with concerns.
I am sure you have noticed many of the fundraisers that have been carried out here at school. As always, clubs and organizations demonstrate dedication and community outreach as students and advisors donate their time and energy to help people who are less fortunate. In the area of music, I’m sure many of you have enjoyed hearing band, orchestra, and chorus students in action during their holiday concerts. The quality of the music at these events continues to be a reflection of the skill and dedication of both the students and the teachers in the Lancaster Music Program. The multitude of opportunities available to students is a huge testament to this community and its undying support for education. The winter sports season is off to a very successful start. I appreciate all of the support I have seen parents and community members give to our student athletes. Lancaster continues to field some of the most accomplished and successful sports teams in the area, demonstrated by student athletes receiving scholarship offers from prestigious Universities.
The beginning of a New Year is always a time to reflect and set goals. However, it is also time to appreciate what we know to be good and positive. On behalf of the staff, I would like to wish all of our families a wonderful New Year.
PSAT results will be distributed