As principal of Menahga High School (MHS), it is my pleasure to welcome everyone back for another great year in MHS. We are all excited to have students back in our classrooms and hallways; filling them with energy, enthusiasm for learning. Our staff is deeply committed to making a positive difference in our student's lives. It is our mission to help every student feel welcome, connected and part of our Menahga family. We will accomplish this by setting high academic expectations for all students and providing support systems to assure those expectations are met by addressing school culture, setting high standards for teacher performance and engaging the community. At MHS, we have great teachers who spend hours planning and creating classroom activities, utilizing research-based best practices to engage our students in learning, analyze academic data to determine current skill levels and set goals for growth and improvement. It is our goal at MHS that all graduating students are prepared for the demands of postsecondary education, meaningful careers, and effective citizenship.
A new school year is a fresh start that presents an opportunity to reexamine goals, assess areas of strength, 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.
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 into every class. PBL is a dynamic classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems, challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge.
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 laptop. Forms for laptops will be available at the open house in the high school office. Laptops will be distributed the first week of school during homeroom.
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. Below are some other highlights that make MHS great:
Eight college courses offering a total of 24 credits in our building.
Hands-on courses in Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Woods, Metals, Agriculture, Art, and Family/Consumer Science.
Over 70 different electives to choose from. Some include: Business, Foreign Languages, Music, and PE/Health
Over 33 different extracurricular activities.
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 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. Ashley Bachman will be joining our Math department and Austin Storm will be joining our Science department.
2017-18 will be a busy and exciting year at MHS as we chart a course that honors the past and envisions the future. It's our remarkable staff, involved parents and committed students coming together that 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, August 31, 2017.
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