March 5, 2018
Dear Moab Community Members and Businesses,
On behalf of the students and staff of Grand County High School, I want to applaud your generosity and support you provided for prom this year. All of your donations helped make this year's prom a memorable event. Our community is one that continually amazes us all! Again, thank you for the support you provide our students and programs. Our school theme this year has been, "Together We Are Grand". Your generosity and support emulates this theme and is a great example of what makes Moab a great place to live and work.
Dr. Stephen Hren
GRAND COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
Home of the Red Devils• 608 South 400 East, Moab, Utah 84532
Phone: (435) 259-8931 • Fax: (435) 259-4191 • www.grandschools.org/highschool ,.
May 15, 2018
Subject: Honors Component for English 9 and 10
Dear Parents and Guardians,
For the 2018-2019 school year, the Honors component of ninth- and tenth-grade English will be offered within the regular class structure, rather than as a separate Honors course.
In the current school year, this structure was piloted in English 10. Tenth graders who wished to pursue the Honors level coursework were required to sign a contract, along with their parents, agreeing to the expectations of the Honors component. The expectations included additional coursework as well as grade, participation and citizenship requirements. All students had the opportunity to fulfill the terms of the Honors contract. Many students, even some students who had not previously taken an Honors English class, were successful in meeting the terms of the Honors contract. These students will have the Honors designation reflected on their transcripts.
This coming school year, this method of offering the Honors component will be extended to the ninth grade, incorporating input from students and parents of current-year tenth-graders. In addition to the conditions of the contract as described above, each unit in both English 9 and English 10 will have a clear plan for the requirements that Honors students are expected to complete. Students will have ongoing opportunities to meet with their teacher to discuss assignments and other expectations, as well as opportunities to work with other Honors students on projects. We will also have an informational meeting for students and parents at the beginning of the year, as well as ongoing opportunities for parental and student input.
The most recent and credible research supports mixed ability classes at the secondary level, concluding that such an environment benefits all students. The National Education Association also endorses mixed ability classes as best practices. If you have any questions, or if you would like more information, please contact me or Donna Metzler (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I, along with our English Department staff, am looking forward to a successful and productive 2018-1019 school year.