November 17, 2021
Dear Community High School Parent/Guardian:
I hope the school year has started successfully for all of you. As a parent/guardian of a student in Community High School I am writing this letter to let you know that Community High School has been designated as a Comprehensive Support & Improvement Low-Graduation Rate (CSI-LG) school by the North Carolina State Board of Education. As stated in ESSA Section 1111(c)(4)(D)(i), North Carolina had to identify schools for comprehensive support and improvement. CSI-LG schools in North Carolina are high schools that have a 4-year cohort graduation rate of less than 66.7%. The intent of this opportunity is to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, increase equity, and improve the quality of instruction.
As a CSI-LG school, Community High School is required to develop a comprehensive plan that specifically addresses how the school will improve student achievement. The plan will also include how our district will support us and monitor the progress of our school. The comprehensive plan will address the following areas:
●Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
●Recruitment & Retention of Effective Teachers
●Support for Grade-to-Grade Transitions
●Implementation of a Tiered Instructional System
●Data-Driven Decision Making
●Student Support Services
●Family and Community Engagement
We have set the following goals for Community High School this year:
●Increase student growth
●Increase student proficiency and achievement levels
●Increase student cohort graduation rate
Our students need to experience higher achievement levels, but it will require hard work on the part of staff, students, and families. Here are some strategies Community High School will be implementing:
●Working with a partner, RTI, to provide coaching and support for improving classroom teaching practices
●Use best instructional practices to improve student growth and achievement
●Provide additional student engagement activities through Experiential Learning Opportunities
Parent engagement is at the heart of our school improvement efforts. Here are some ways you can help:
●Make sure that both you and your student are aware of academic expectations set for your student this school year.A list of learning objectives in student-friendly language is available. from your student’s teacher(s).
●Call Jan Greenhoe, Principal at 828-686-7734if you have questions or concerns about your student or to set up an appointment to meet with a school staff member who will be working with your student.
●Make sure that your student is prepared and attends school each day.
●Monitor your student’s homework.
●Monitor the progress your student is making in PowerSchool and attend meetings with your student’s teacher(s).
●Keep track of our website: chs.bncombeschools.org
●Join the Community High School Advisory Council or School Improvement Team.
Sounds like a lot but preparing our students so that they can succeed is not easy and is a collaborative partnership with parents. Here are some resources available to help:
Community High School: chs.buncombeschools.org
Buncombe County Schools:buncombeschools.org
Graduation requirements: www.ncpublicschools.org/gradrequirements/
K-12 standards in academic subjects: www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/
State student achievement test results: www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/
N.C. School Report Cards: https://ncreportcards.ondemand.sas.com/src
We’re excited about this school year and are working to make it a success for your student. Already, we have:
●Higher Student Attendance Rates
●Increased Student Achievement
●Increased our Community Partnerships through engaging events
●Providing parent opportunities for engaging in their student’s learning
●Increased opportunities for Experiential Opportunities with community organizations andpartners
If you have questions about the content of this letter, please contact Jan Greenhoe at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 828-686-7734.
Janet Greenhoe, Principal