At USD 286, we strive to help all students find their passion and become successful members of society. In order to prepare our future leaders for the global market, we have placed a stronger emphasis on aligning curriculum with career-readiness standards. On Friday November 17, 2017 Sedan High School hosted a Career Day. This was a unique experience for our students, as twenty of the twenty-four presenters, were Sedan High School graduates. Students from grades 6-12 spent the day attending sessions and learning about various careers. Careers represented included: medical, Art/pinstriping, law enforcement, education, paramedics, banking, welding/lineman, agriculture, social work, information technology, career/workforce, business management, and dental hygienist. All of our presenters took time from their busy schedules to come back and share their knowledge with our students. Our students were able to interact with actual professionals (many of which had walked the SHS hallways), to hear their experiences from High School and learn how they reached their career goals. Many of the presenters also shared their personal struggles and accomplishments on their unique paths’ to success.
The presenters were provided lunch from Mrs. Pinard and her FACS class, Mr. Farrice’s productions classes made schedules and packets for all the students and Mrs. Carolyn Williams planned and organized the event. Sedan High School is proud to partner with our alumni to help our students become college and career ready and to find success in all their endeavors. We would like to make Career Day even bigger and better next year, so please do not hesitate to share suggestions or volunteer to present. Thank you to all the SHS alumni and friends who made this day a success.
On Tuesday, October 31, Chautauqua County Community Schools hosted two special visitors. Thank you, Dr. Randy Watson (Kansas Commissioner of Education) and Mr. Jim Porter (State BOE) for visiting our school and spending time with our students and staff. #KansasCan
For the past few years we have worked to improve the support our students receive. We have found that doing the same thing and expecting different results often prevents us from reaching our overall goals. Many times some students need an explanation or individual instruction, others need to finish assignments, and yet others need enrichment in areas they are passionate about or have interest in.
For the 2017-2018 school year we will be implementing MTSS (Multi-Tier System of Supports) for our students in K-12. While our elementary has had an MTSS program for several years, we will be extending supports for reading and math in the middle and high school. Thirty minutes per day will be used to help students who need supports in those content areas. The MTSS framework will help our school identify each child’s needs and provide supports as early as possible. We will develop those supports to meet each student’s needs either for enrichment or for remediation of skills. We will regularly check progress and change instruction as need to match each child’s learning.
For MTSS implementation to be successful and sustained across time, it must be a high priority within our school. All students and staff will be involved in the MTSS process. We are committed as a district, to provide the most appropriate supports for the needs of all our students. Look for more information throughout the year on this initiative at USD 286.