Originally Published: July 24, 2017 6 a.m.
It’s hard to believe that we are already welcoming back our new teachers today.
It seems like just yesterday that we celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2016. Our teachers and staff came together to witness the culmination of their guidance, their leadership, and their dedication to our students.
Our parents were able to celebrate the journey that they have shared with their children. And, the Class of 2017 was able to reflect on their accomplishments to this point.
As we begin to look ahead to the new school year, it seems appropriate for us to reflect back on the 2016-2017 school year in the Humboldt Unified School District. There were many successes for us to celebrate including:
• The Board’s approval of the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee’s recommended VISION 2020 strategic plan established to prepare our students for the 21st century
• Two teachers being named category winners and Ms. Jessica marks being named overall winner at the Yavapai County Education Foundation’s Teacher of the Year banquet
• Coyote Springs receiving the Certified School Garden designation through Arizona Department of Health Services
• Partnerships with Access ASU (Arizona State University) and NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
• Recognition of Bradshaw Mountain High School by Newsweek and US News and World Report.
Additionally, our students experienced a tremendous amount of success as well:
• The Class of 2017 earned $5.4 million in scholarships (over $20 million in the last 3 years) and 43 students graduated with a 4.0 grade point average or higher.
• 117 students graduated this year with a gold or silver diploma (the most in the history of BMHS)
• Twenty-two middle school students were accepted into Arizona State University’s Barrett Summer Scholars Program, a residential program that invites students to live on campus, engage in college-level coursework, and participate in a community of peers from across the state over the summer.
• Bradshaw Mountain High School students took 377 Advanced Placement tests throughout the 15 different Advanced Placement course offerings.
• Students spent time this past year in Germany, Washington D.C., and Catalina Island for various extended learning opportunities.
This graduating class and all of the students in the Humboldt Unified School District have redefined success for our educational community. There has been a new standard of excellence set for our schools, for our district, and for our community.
Finally, we turn back to that group of new teachers arriving today. Our new teachers will be joining a dynamic group of staff members who are committed to providing a comprehensive, world-class education for all students.
They will be joining us as we look to expand our early childhood literacy programs, transition to the Google for Education platform, increase online learning opportunities, and continue to network with school districts from across the country through our 21st Century Education Consortium.
I look forward to sharing these successes with you as well throughout the upcoming school year.
Dan Streeter is superintendent of the Humboldt Unified School District.