"Today we learn, tomorrow we lead."
Greetings Titan Family,
Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year. The opening of the school year has been great. Thank you to parents and guardians for attending our Freshmen Orientation and Back-to-School Nights. We appreciate your support of our students and programs. Our vision is that New Town High School will be among 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. We are committed to focusing on instruction that will facilitate this vision for all students. Our goal for the academic school year is to improve our students’ and school’s performance on the SAT. With the introduction of the newly redesigned SAT for March 2016, it is our intent to prepare students through daily instruction and focused activities to provide preparation for the new test. Baltimore County Public Schools will hold our annual SAT Test day for all current juniors on April 12, 2016. We encourage all students to take advantage of the resources through their English and math classes to prepare for the test.
We are excited to announce our graduation for the Class of 2016 will be held Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 2:30pm at the Tiger Arena on the campus of Towson University. A full calendar of events for seniors will be provided later this year. Because clear communication with parents and students is an essential component to what’s happening in the school, we encourage all parents and guardians to become active members in our Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA). Our PTSA meets monthly to discuss issues of importance and to support our students and school programs. Our new PTSA President, Mrs. Wells, and the PTSA Executive Board welcome all parents, students, and teachers to attend our monthly meetings.
Extra-curricular involvement is an important aspect of the high school experience. We encourage our students to get involved with the many clubs, organization, and athletic programs we have at New Town High School. Students who participate in school extra-curricular programs and athletics experience higher GPAs, better attendance, and an increase in college acceptances. We offer a host of clubs and organizations for student participation. In addition to our outstanding Choral Ensemble, Dance Program, and Art program, we have reintroduced our Theater Arts program this year. The Theater Arts program will join our other outstanding stage performances this year as we showcase our student talent. Participation in extra-curricular activities and athletics, as well as student participation in school sponsored events require students to be academically eligible and in good standing in accordance with the school the expectations. We encourage all students to become active participants in our extra-curricular programs as they prepare for the path to college and careers.
As we embrace the technology of the 21st century, several departments at New Town High School have connected to social media. It is our goal to increase communication and how we relay information about our school events. We welcomed our School Counseling Department (NTHSSchoolCounseling), Yearbook (NTHS_yearbook), Athletics (NTHSAthletics), and school newspaper, Titan Times (titantimesnths) to Twitter. The creation of these media sites will allow us to provide current and up-to-date information on our school community.
As social media can provide invaluable and real time information, it does come with a high level of responsibility. Social media’s intent and purpose is to create, share or exchange information, ideas, pictures/videos in virtual communities and networks (Wikipedia). Unfortunately, the use of social media among today’s adolescence has been misused by engaging in negative behavior. The use of social media is changing at a rapid pace and individuals are using this medium for ill-advised purposes, including cyber-bullying and often times an exchange of negative behavior. We continue to address issues that stem from inappropriate use of social media among students. I urge all parents and guardians to monitor their child’s social media activity in order for students to use it properly and eliminate negative or inappropriate postings, videos, hurtful comments, or that fosters any hostile interaction. It is our responsibility to ensure that our students are using social media as it is intended to be used.
Thank you for your continued support as we move from good to great.
Kevin L. Whatley
Kevin L. Whatley