As we anticipate the academic year, I can’t help but be amazed at all that we have in store for the coming year!
Mt. Adams School District has been abuzz throughout the summer with a robust summer school experience for Kinder through twelfth grades with many students in attendance. The program consisted of academic support in Reading and Math and included fun activities in a variety of recreation and life skill areas.
White Swan High School competed and was awarded a significant grant from the state of Washington. The primary goal of the grant is to help more students graduate from high school. The funding will offer additional time for our high school students and staff to work together to assist more students in successfully passing courses and accumulating credits. The staff and administration are working together to build in a number of supports for students, parents and community. We are excited to enter into our second year of Advanced Placement courses—60 students enrolled in AP Courses this past year. We are anticipating expanding both the number of AP courses offered and the number of students (approximately 80) for the coming year. We welcome Principal Joey Castilleja, Vice Principal Rachel Leslie and Dean of Students/Middle School AD, David Blakney, to our secondary campus.
Given the rural nature of our district and transportation needs, the decision to extend the student day for the Mt. Adams Middle School students was an obvious one. We see this investment as setting a solid academic foundation for a successful high school experience.
Harrah Elementary Principal James Heinle and Vice Principal Lee Grams are unveiling a parent and community event – “Student Showcase” in November. Harrah Elementary has a rich history of strong partnership between administrators and dedicated teachers to keep children at the core of our work. We are expanding technology utilization on the elementary campus with students using portable devices in classrooms on a growing basis.
The district continues to expand on strong community partnerships with the Yakama Nation, Heritage University and the White Swan Arts and Recreation Committee, just to name a few. We genuinely appreciate the support of our growing community to assist every child in receiving a challenging and rewarding education.