I would like to welcome our families, staff and community to another great year of education at Menahga High School (MHS). We are rapidly preparing for another exciting school year! We look forward to seeing our returning students again and to meeting our newest members of the Menahga High School community. The start of school each year is filled with hopes and dreams that all students will have a safe and inspiring school year.
A new school year is a fresh start that presents an opportunity to reexamine goals, assess areas of strengths, identify challenges, and devise strategies to optimize academic success. It is also a very important time in the social lives of teens. I know our students are looking forward to renewing friendships with classmates and making new friends. We take great pride in our school culture and work to keep it welcoming and inclusive to all. Menahga High School is a place where we want students to thrive intellectually, academically and socially.
As I begin my second school year as Principal of Menahga High School , I am energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in your children’s lives. We will accomplish this by setting high academic expectations for all students and providing supportive systems to assure those expectations are met by addressing school culture, setting high standards for teacher performance and engaging the community. It is our goal at MHS that all graduates are college or career ready.
Menahga High School is all about choices and that is what makes MHS an amazing place to learn and grow. We offer a wide variety of classes and activities allowing students to personalize their education. Project Based Learning (PBL) is integrated it into every class. Project-based learning is a dynamic classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge.
All students will have a 20 minute homeroom period before lunch. Their homeroom teacher will help monitor grades and missing work, build a community of learners, and be that go-to person that kids can turn to for resources. Homeroom time will be used as a structured study hall, a meeting time, and delivery method for Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. Olweus works to build stronger and more respectful relationships among students and staff. Our goal at MHS is to provide a positive environment that fosters learning for all of our students.
As you know, technology has become the standard in the 21st century classroom. In order to convert some of our computer labs into general classroom space and to better prepare our students for college, career and life skills, we have purchased enough laptops for all high school students on campus to have their own refurbished laptop. Forms for laptops will be available at open house in the high school office. We will distribute laptops the first week of school during homeroom.
Below are some other highlights that make MHS great:
According to research done by the Minnesota State High School League, students who participate in any high school activities tend to have higher grade-point averages, better attendance records, lower dropout rates and fewer discipline problems than non-participating students. So parents please encourage your children to become active in the variety of curricular and co-curricular activities MHS has to offer.
One of our major goals at MHS is the desire to continue to work with all students and parents/guardians to make sure we communicate well and ensure a positive path of growth and development for each student. This communication is vital to helping each child find and develop his or her commitment to being a lifelong learner. While we have work to do in all these areas, the growth and development of all of us (staff and students) has been tremendous. We will continue to build upon this strong foundation as we add programs to enhance learning opportunities throughout our curricular and extra-curricular programs. Please plan to participate in parent events such as Open House, conferences, Honors Night and a multitude of school activities planned for your student’s growth.
We have a few new faces in the High School. Please join me in welcoming these new staff members to our community. Alicia Eichens will be joining our English department and MaryKay Moe along with Clifton Peterson will be our joining our Science department.
It looks like 2016-17 will be a busy and exciting year at MHS as we embrace the challenges of the future while we continue to cherish and celebrate the traditions of the past. Our remarkable staff, involved parents and committed students come together to make MHS a wonderful and unique place. Please come out and be a part of our Open House from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. on Thursday September 1, 2016.
I am looking forward to working with you and your student as we work toward an academically successful school year. If you ever have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me or stop by my office in the High School.
Menahga High School Principal