Dear Barons Students/Parents,
As everyone is enjoying their summer and getting rested up in preparation for the 2018-19 school year, I thought I would take a little time out and share some information with you about the upcoming school year. The 2018-19 school year will mark the start of my fourth full year as the Principal here at Eric Birch. The 2018-19 school year will also be the third year I will serve not only as the Principal at Eric Birch but I will also serve as the Principal for Citrus High School. This is an awesome responsibility to undertake and I could not do it without the support of my staffs at both sites. What this means for Eric Birch is that our Assistant Principal, Ms. Kelly Willis, will be your day-to-day site administrator. I have every confidence in Ms. Willis and the incredibly gifted staff at Eric Birch to be able to meet the needs of our students as we help them forge their path toward graduation. However, if you feel the need to meet with me please feel free to do so by setting up an appointment through my secretary Ms. Susy Ventura.
All requests for meetings with site administration will be honored as quickly as possible. In some cases, the first step, prior to meeting with an Administrator, may actually be a meeting with your student’s teacher, which you can set up through the email function in Q Parent Connect. If you are not currently using Q, Parent Connect and would like to learn how to track your student’s progress at your discretion please contact our Community Aide, Mayoli Causor.
For all of those students and parents that will be new to Eric Birch in 2018-19, here is some critical information for you. At Eric Birch, we have created an accelerated credit recovery model for students that have previously failed courses. Part of this system allows us to offer classes in both a quarter and semester setting. The courses that are offered in a semester setting are core classes at grade level that have not yet attempted by the student. Previously failed classes are offered in a shorter window and this allows students to demonstrate mastery of the material while recovering failed credits at a faster pace. This varied method of instruction leads some students to be able to graduate early or, in many cases, return back to their home campus on track to graduate with their peers.
Finally, while it is true that some students may qualify to become early graduates, or return on track to their home campuses, here are three major pieces of advice that can help all of our students achieve academic success while they are enrolled at Eric Birch. First, all students need to attend school on a daily basis (this includes the practice of arriving to school on time every day prepared to actively participate in the daily lessons for each class). Second, every student needs to pass all assigned classes the first time the class is assigned. Third, all students need to follow all classroom and school polices at all times. Failure to meet any one of these requirements can ultimately lead to a student falling further behind and thus may result in the student missing their true graduation date. In short, at Eric Birch, we feel privileged to be able to offer every student the opportunity at success, however it is up to each student to seize the second chance at completing high school they have been afforded on a daily basis.
I truly look forward to the arrival of all of our students (new and returning) on Monday, August 6 at 7:30 am, so the next step in their academic journey can commence.
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