Welcome back to another school year. We expect great things to take place during the 2015-16 year and our hope is that you can be a part of what goes on at Foothill. We continue to focus on providing an engaging academic environment for your child(ren) including appropriate curriculum, engaging instruction, effective assessment and timely interventions. Aligning Common Core State Standards to our courses remains a critical part of our daily academic program. You will see that our Algebra 1, Geometry and Advanced Algebra teachers will be instructing with new textbooks this year. These books were chosen by math teachers throughout the district after examining several Common Core texts.
Last spring we administered the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) exams for the 2nd year. School accountability remains important to us even as the State Department of Education (CDE) works through the process to identify procedures on how schools will be assessed. During this time, Foothill High School staff will continue to focus on student achievement such as:
Graduation Rate which addresses student persistence. This rate is calculated for students who complete their high school requirements in 4 years.
A – G Completion which addresses academics, specifically the completion of college prep and higher courses in core and elective subjects. Students must earn at least a C in these classes to have the course qualify. You can check with your child’s teacher to track their progress.
Truancy which addresses student attendance. Students lose valuable instruction time when they miss school. A student becomes truant when they have 3 or more unexcused absences or period cuts.
The California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) requirement may undergo some changes this year. The Kern High School District is waiting to hear whether the CDE will suspend this requirement. This information will be posted on the KHSD website (www.kernhigh.org) when information becomes available.
Once again, Welcome Back! We know 2015-16 is going to be a great year as we join with you to accomplish our goals.
Principal, Foothill High School