October has met us with some nice fall weather. I hope that the dramatic snow storm in September did not cause too much stress to our families. I have appreciated the welcome I have received from students, parents/guardians, staff and community members. The patience folks have afforded to me has been much appreciated and is a true example of us living through our actions the Circle of Courage particularly in the Spirits of Generosity and Belonging. It is of great value that opportunities presented throughout our lives offer us continued growth and build on our previous knowledge. It is the welcoming of these opportunities in our lives, as opposed to shying away from these opportunities due to fear of failure, lack of confidence, or a perception that there is not the support available to us that we require that we develop our self confidence. In the spirits of Mastery and Independence, this is an aspect of school that we all should embrace as we strive to develop our capacities as lifelong learners.
Many folks that have had experiences with Alternative High School over many years have lamented the change in practice from the Annual Camp Out to Alternative High School Spirit Days. Our first Spirit Day was reflected in the Spirit of Belonging as members of the Alternative High School community spent time at Cobb’s Corn Maze. Approximately 65% of our student population was able to attend. This about equal to attendance at the Annual Camp Out. Students who attended spoke about how great the experience was and this excitement will certainly translate to an even greater number of students participating in our next Spirit Days; Thursday December 04, 2014 – Mountain Exploration – Independence, Friday March 06, 2015 – Super Cool Fun Day – Generosity & Thursday May 14, 2015 – Camp Adventure – Mastery. A reminder to students and parents that these are considered regular school days and part of the Alternative High School Program therefore it is expected that students attend.
Parent/Guardian involvement on School Council is very much appreciated. School Council meetings are scheduled for the third Thursday of each month from 5:00 to 6:30. Our first School Council meeting was Thursday September 25. I thank all parents that came to this meeting for their commitment to the students at Alternative High School. It was very apparent at that meeting that we are blessed with some very dedicated and talented parents and community members. What was equally apparent is that we need many more parents and community members to attend. The next meeting is Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 6:30 pm. The commitment is very minimal if the membership is sufficient, strength in numbers, so please come out if you are able.
I look forward to our continued work together. Please do not hesitate to connect with me at the school at anytime.
Mr. Don Barbor
Alternative High School