Welcome to an exciting year on “the Hill.” A very special welcome is extended to all freshmen and new students entering Smoky Hill for the first time.
Congratulations to the Smoky Hill community, Newsweek magazine and the Washington Post again ranked Smoky Hill among the best high schools in the nation. Newsweek picks the best high schools in the country based on how hard school staffs work to challenge students with advanced-placement college-level courses and tests. Jay Mathews and the Washington Post rankings measure how effectively a school prepares its students for college.
Special congratulations to our most recent graduating class – “The Class of 2013.” More than 94% of our graduates have been accepted for fall enrollment at colleges and universities across the country. Twenty-seven graduates enlisted in our nation’s armed forces. Approximately $11 million in scholarship money was awarded to the Class of 2013, including four National Merit Finalists, 66 IB diploma candidates and 95 Advanced Placement scholar candidates.
While our previous success provides a strong foundation on which to build, we look to this year to be filled with its own achievements. A recent study of high school of high school transcripts found that “the single most important factor in determining college success is the academic challenge of courses taken in high school. Smoky Hill students continue to pursue a rigorous course of study as evidenced by the large number of students currently enrolled in Honors, MYP, AP and IB diploma classes. With a vision of “Every Student, College Ready” our faculty continues to collaboratively pursue an instructional framework that aligns content standards and methods of teaching and assessment with the needs of the 21st century.
A special note to our freshmen and their parents, your permanent record in high school will start with your first semester grades. I encourage you to be diligent in completing all assignments, attending and engaging in all classes, working closely with your teachers, using the resources available in the building, and preparing fully for tests and exams. By adopting these simple but effective strategies, you can ensure your academic success.
This promises to be another great year at Smoky Hill High School. I encourage all of our students to challenge themselves both inside and outside the classroom. Each student has much to gain and also to contribute to Smoky Hill. I look forward to the excitement and rewards the 2013-2014 school year is sure to hold.