Welcome to an exciting new school year on "the Hill." A very special welcome is extended to all freshmen and new students entering Smoky Hill for the first time.
Special congratulations are extended to our most recent graduating class – The Class of 2014. More than 95% of our graduates were accepted for fall enrollment at colleges and universities across the country. Approximately $11 million in scholarship money was awarded to the Class of 2014, including a Boettcher Scholarship award, five National Merit Finalists, and four Daniel's scholarships. The Class of 2014 included 11 valedictorians, 80 IB diploma candidates, 102 Advanced Placement Scholars, and appointments to the US Air Force Academy and the Merchant Marine Academy.
While previous successes provide a strong foundation on which to build, we look to the members of the Class of 2015 to create their own path in achieving academic and co-curricular excellence. A recent study of high school transcripts indicated 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.
To our freshmen and their parents, a student's permanent record in high school starts 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.
I hope all parents will access PowerSchool, a valuable tool for monitoring your student's progress. Please contact our PowerSchool helpline at 720-886-5622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance logging onto this great resource. Time spent in concert with your teenager will pay great dividends by helping them to set academic goals and developing the work ethic needed to accomplish these goals.
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 from and also to contribute to Smoky Hill. I look forward to the excitement and rewards that the 2014-2015 school year is sure to hold. Please plan on joining us for our Back-to-School Night on September 2 as we celebrate our Ruby Anniversary – forty years of academic and co-curricular excellence.