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Bennington High School Principal's Page

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        I hope you and your family had a wonderful winter break. As we return to school and kick off 2019, I wanted to provide an update on the changes we’ve made this year to support our vision to help students develop expert learning capacities and real-world employability skills.

 

This school year, with the support of our teachers, and district leaders, we embarked on our Mercury ReDesign initiative. This included several components, which included flexible schedules, enhanced career and post-secondary education exposure, and the adoption of a research-backed, personalized approach to teaching and learning where:

    · Students are engaged in rigorous projects that reflect the world around them, giving them practice with skills that will help them throughout their life—like collaborating with a team, interpreting data, and presenting a persuasive argument;

    · Students are having regular one-on-one meetings with a dedicated mentor, who is getting to know them deeply and supports them in setting and achieving their personal goals; and

    · Students are developing “self-direction” — an invaluable skill that can be applied to any task in the adult world. They’re learning how to set goals, make plans, and reflect on their learning.

Successfully rolling out any change at school can be challenging, but I’m incredibly thankful for the dedication of both our teachers and students who are putting in the hard work. This school year, we are already seeing a positive impact on our school community in the form of better attendance, fewer failing grades, better student engagement, more opportunities for students to engage in real-world problem solving, and a general sense of both accomplishment and success as detailed by students from various backgrounds and diverse levels of prior academic success.

 

We’re committed to building on this progress in 2019. As we do so, we want to hear your feedback. Please reach out to me if you have questions or comments on the changes and improvements this year, or anything else happening in our school.

 

Best wishes,

Curtis Nightingale

Bennington Jr/Sr High School Principal