I would like to take this opportunity to welcome back returning students, and welcome for the first time students new to Alternative High School. It is a privilege as educators to have the faith, trust and relationships with students and their families that facilitate the growth and learning that occurs for our youth on their path of self-sufficiency, family health and community contribution. At Alternative High School our collective efforts will result in supporting individuals in our learning community to be active citizens of great character.
As the new Principal of Alternative High School I look forward to my work with students, their families, a great staff and the school community. I bring over twenty years of experience in education to my role as principal at Alternative High School. To compliment my efforts Mr. Eric Perrault has joined the administration team as the new Assistant Principal. Eric has a wealth of wisdom and experience in his over 25 year career in education.
Alternative High School is committed to offering an environment and a program of studies that is intellectual, rigorous and engages students in ways that promotes success. Alternative High School uses the Circle of Courage and the concepts of Generosity, Independence, Mastery and Belonging supporting the creation of an environment of inclusion where all have a role in their own growth, the growth of others and their contributions to their families and the community. This education program is based on the individual strengths and goals of the student. Through this personalization students will receive a program that recognizes who they are in the context of the world in which they live. Staff at Alternative High School bring a wealth of professional knowledge and are committed to working very hard to create a school environment that supports and celebrates each student, everyday, no exceptions. As we know school staff alone cannot guarantee the success of students. We require students to attend daily, on time, to follow through on their agreements with teachers and try their best every day. Parents/Guardians that make time for their student to discuss their student’s experience in critical ways and maintain respectful, ongoing, open communication with school staff can be of tremendous support when planning and nurturing student success.
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. The first School Council meeting is Thursday September 25.
I look forward to the year ahead. I hope to meet many of our families at the Meet the Teacher evening, Wednesday September 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm.
Mr. Don Barbor
Alternative High School