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Principal's February 2021 Report to School Board

It’s been an exciting past six weeks as we’ve turned a corner and returned students to face-to-face instruction in the building. Seeing students moving safely through the halls and teachers and students engaged in learning and discourse has boosted everyone’s spirits. With this return, however, we have identified greater challenges with mental health, stemming from isolation, anxiety, stress, and disengagement.

Focusing on Student Relationships: Social Emotional Learning
The hard work in which our educators are engaged will not show instantaneous results but we are working to make the connections that students need in order to be successful both now and in their futures.

Counseling has been working diligently with families to provide additional support and crisis intervention when needed, and our educators are more vigilant than ever in looking for signs of those needs. In fact, every faculty member in the building engaged in suicide prevention training to ensure that we are all better equipped to handle student crisis. Due to the greater need involving student support services, our mental health team has been working with Curry Community Health to host small student support groups that address depression and anxiety, as well as substance abuse. 

Student data has driven much of our initial SEL work this year and we continue to collect updates from our students to inform our work. 

Focusing on Student Success: Attendance
Attendance continues to be a challenge but returning to school has allowed us to work on rebuilding that culture of accountability. Up until January, we saw a gradual decline in attendance numbers (although still an increase from the previous year) but the week of final exams brought our highest averages yet, an average of 92% overall. 
 
January’s full data set showed a return to our start of the year’s numbers at 82%. Our year long goal is to increase our attendance data to 84% or beyond. Grade level trends will allow our PLCs to review progression data, to identify causes for changes, and to develop plans for improvement. 
 
The Junior class won our January attendance competition and the faculty free throw competition. In addition to bragging rights, each junior student (BHOA and F2F) will earn some Bruin swag. February will involve four solid weeks of attendance competition and will culminate in a faculty and student grade level representative Mario Kart video game competition. Follow us on Instagram to see attendance announcements and pictures from the upcoming event. 
 
Updates
We successfully adopted our small engine repair curriculum with a mixed stakeholder group of teachers, parents, students, community members, and industry professionals. The group offered helpful suggestions for the course moving forward, as well. Our next CTE curriculum adoption process will involve our Graphic Design program and begin sometime in March. 
 
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  • 108 graduates in Class of 2018 Our district has increased the graduation rate from the 60th percentile to more than 80th percentile in recent years, above the state average. We work to keep our students on track to graduate at all grades levels and have intervention programs to help students who fall behind.
  • 3 types of professional certificates offered BHHS students can earn an Allied Health Certificate in partnership with SWOCC, CompTIA Professional Information Technology certificates, and numerous Graphic and Digital Media Art professional software certificates. We've also re-added numerous CTE courses, such as welding and construction trades in recent years to provide more "hands-on" vocational training opportunities.
  • 1,717 dual credits earned in 2017-18 Last year, 184 of our students completed college credits through high school classes. Southern Oregon University (SOU), Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) and South Western Oregon Community College (SOCC) to provide these dual credit opportunities.
  • $4.5 Million in Seismic Safety Upgrades Our district earned three $1.5 million in grants from Business Oregon to retrofit the elementary, middle and high school for safety in the event of a major earthquake. Kalmiopsis Elementary and Azalea Middle School are complete. Brookings-Harbor High School is slated for construction as soon as summer 2019.