"Today we learn, tomorrow we lead."
Greetings Titan Community,
As we begin a new year here at New Town High School, it is time for us to take pause and reflect on our progress, revisit our goals, and look to the future. Our goal as a Titan family is to be the best school in Baltimore County and in the state of Maryland. In order to accomplish this goal, we want students to continue to progress through school in a way that they are able to gain the skills necessary to be College and Career Ready.
New Town has received many acknowledgements for our accomplishments over the past year: we have increased our Advanced Placement (AP) participation and pass rates, increased performance on the High School Assessments, and increased our graduation rate. We are proud of our accomplishments, but we can’t stop there; we must continue to strive for greater heights to ensure our students are prepared for college or the world of work. Over the next few months, students will begin selecting courses for the 2015-2016 school year. We have expanded our course offerings to include more honors and AP courses. We have instituted professional development to allow our staff to provide more rich and engaging instruction for our students this year and beyond. We are also looking at ways to increase our students’ preparation for the SAT by providing ongoing opportunities for students to gain knowledge through vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and math skills so that they are able to meet the “college ready” standard of a combined 1550 on the SAT. The College Board description of the SAT is as follows: the SAT are designed to assess your academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support, and scholarships, in a way that's fair to all students. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests keep pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century. We at NTHS firmly believe we are providing the tools necessary for our students to reach that standard.
While the SAT is one component of the College and Career Readiness standards, course selection, student subject knowledge, and performance are also considered. College exploration early in high school is strongly recommended in order for students to gain an understanding of how their high school program should determine the level of competitiveness for college selection. As students select courses for the 2015-2016 school year, we strongly encourage students to select the courses that will best prepare them for their college or career path. Students are encouraged to meet with their School Counselors during the course selection process and select courses that best support their post-secondary plans.
Advanced Placement courses are the best courses for students to take in preparation for college level work. Students who take AP courses have the opportunity to earn college level credit during high school that they can apply towards a college degree program. Students will need to earn a passing score on an AP exam in May, and will want to check with their selected college about their policy regarding accepting AP credits. As we have in the past, we will also partner with the Community College of Baltimore County and offer on-location courses at New Town High School for the 2015-2016 school year. This is another excellent opportunity for students to increase their college and career preparation.
As we look forward to the second half of the school year, we ask for students to give their very best by being present and on time each and every day, actively participating in class, attending coach class, and monitoring progress through BCPSOne. We also encourage our AP students to continue to utilize our Coach Class + program for extra academic assistance, and our Kaplan course students to be certain they are attending and putting in the time and effort in these programs to ensure success. It is also important for students to develop positive relationships with teachers and peers and seek out resources available to students in our school and community. I am excited about the future of New Town High School as we move towards achieving our goal of becoming the best high school in Baltimore County and the state of Maryland.
Kevin L. Whatley
Kevin L. Whatley