“ALL Cañon City High School students will have opportunities to explore career pathways of interest while gaining skills needed to be successful in any life endeavor, and while enjoying many traditional high school experiences valued by students and the greater community.”
Teddy Roosevelt said, “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” Most educators will acknowledge that the former president’s sentiment drives our professional life. I promise to work to the best of my ability to make our high school worthy of the students that it serves. As we begin another year earnestly preparing Canon City students for their greatest futures, my efforts will be most visible within the following program changes.
First and foremost, we’re going to improve the school’s security. Canon City High School is behind the power curve in regulating who is present in our school on a daily basis. To bring us up to an acceptable level, we will make physical and programmatic changes to our security policy. While these changes may make day-to-day operations more cumbersome, they will protect us from the realities of our world.
After we ensure a safe and secure environment, Canon City High School is committed to a “Culture of Excellence.” This culture demands adherence to academic and behavioral standards which make every student’s experience positive on a daily basis. Two new programs will ensue to safeguard a top-notch education. The first program is an academic intervention and enrichment program called, “Work Sessions.” Each CCHS teacher will offer a routine, weekly opportunity for students to receive extracurricular academic help. These formal sessions will allow us to expect a student’s best effort, and when we don’t receive it, provide the needed attention to track a course to success. The second program under the banner of “committing to excellence” is a revised disciplinary program that keeps students in school, rather than suspending them out-of-school for warranted behavior. Our Alternative-to-Suspension (ATS) program will reside within the high school and is being staffed by top notch educators who are dedicated to continuing the academic success of a disciplined student, while correcting his or her future behavior through counselling and coping mechanisms. While the ATS program is not meant to be entertaining or enjoyable for a student, it is meant to prevent him or her from falling behind in coursework while learning the value of appropriate behavior.
Finally, in order to promote relevance in the classroom and to meet state mandated graduation requirements, the district will begin a journey to transform our current curriculum to a “Career Pathways” curriculum. We need to be ready to meet the graduation requirements levied by the state school board and in place for the graduating class of 2021. We further believe that drastically increasing the relevance of material to a student’s future in each course will inspire all students to participate in learning. Basically, a Career Pathways curriculum opens more opportunities for choice and allows students to experience curriculum based on their inherent and discovered interests.
The late Mohamed Ali said, “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” It is my sincere goal to improve the tradition of excellent education and memorable positive experiences by launching past previously alleged ceilings—nothing is impossible. The high school staff is dedicated to creating a safe and secure environment in which our students spend a large portion of the lives pursuing future success. We further want to create a culture of excellence at the high school that provides relevant education to all of our students, helping them achieve success in whatever career they choose.