"Today we learn, tomorrow we lead."
Greetings Titan Community,
As the summer months wind down and our students and staff enjoy the end of a well-deserved summer break, we are planning for the 2015-2016 school year. We are excited to welcome our students back on Monday, August 24 at our new start time of 7:30am. Period 1 will begin promptly at 7:45am. As we prepare for the school year, there are two very important dates to place on your calendar: Freshman Orientation for students and parents on Thursday, August 20 at 6:00pm and Back-to-School Night for all students and parents on Thursday, September 3 at 6:30pm.
As we reflect on 2014-15 school year, we are happy to report that all of our graduating seniors received admission to a two or four year colleges or university and our attendance rate and graduation rate remained at or above last year. We are excited to report that our students’ Advanced Placement pass rate increased over 11%! Our success was not limited to the classroom. Our Boys’ Basketball team won the 1A State Championship and Mrs. Mondell, our Freshmen Team Coordinator, was named Baltimore County Teacher of the Year. She will compete for Maryland State Teacher of the Year this fall. We had an amazing year at New Town High School.
Our vision at New Town High School is to be amongst the highest-performing schools in Baltimore County Public Schools as a result of creating, sustaining, and investing in a culture of deliberate excellence by fostering an environment of equity and access for every student. This is achieved through rigorous instruction, student support at every level, classroom environments that centers on students’ learning, and an increase in our course offerings based on student interest. As part of our efforts to expand learning opportunities and experiences for students, we have reestablished our theater program, inviting our students to showcase their theatrical talents. We will also begin the planning year for our new Interactive Multimedia Program. This program will prepare future Titans in the world of interactive production for gaming, graphics arts, video editing and production. We will offer our first class in the fall of 2016.
As well plan for the 2015-2016 school year, our focuses will include equity and access for students to enroll in Advanced Placement and honors courses, providing quality instruction that will foster our students to meet the College and Career Ready standards, and integrating technology into our daily instructional program. We will also begin to prepare students for the new redesigned SAT. The College Board will unveil the redesigned SAT Test in March 2016. Current grade 12 students will take the current format test and grade 10 and 11 students will take the new SAT.
As we welcome the wonderful students of New Town High School on August 24, we ask that students come prepared to reach new heights and continue their journey to excellence. Baltimore County Public Schools’ Blueprint for Progress, 2.0 establishes goals for our school system. This includes academics, safety and security, communication, and organizational effectiveness. Our expectations at New Town High School are to exceed those goals by providing a strong academic program, clear communication with families, a safe and secure learning environment, and clearly established standards that will provide growth for our students and school. In addition we expect that our students will arrive to school on time, arrive to class on time, follow their schedules, report concerns (if you see something, say something!), and give their best each and every day.
Parental involvement is a crucial component to student success. Parents and Guardians are encouraged to monitor student progress through BCPSOne and through regular communication with their child’s teachers and school personnel. Our goal is to ensure that grades are posted in a timely manner in order for students and parents to be aware of students’ progress. Parents are also strongly encouraged to join our New Town High School PTSA. The Parent-Teacher-Student-Organization plays a vital and important role in our school success and we need each and every parent to support the great work of our PTSA.
Each quarter we will recognize and celebrate our students who achieve honor roll status at our quarterly Scholars Reception. I challenge each student at New Town High School to strive for excellence and achieve honor roll status. Great students make great schools. We look forward to a great 2015-2016 school year.
Kevin L. Whatley
Kevin L. Whatley