SHS Nominated for ACT Honor
Shorewood High School (SHS) is one of Wisconsin’s four nominees for the second annual ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign. SHS was recognized for its commitment to college and career readiness, preparing students for what they’ll face after graduating from high school—whether that’s entering the workforce, or enrolling in a technical college or four-year university.
SHS is also among 12 national semifinalists. A selection committee of national education and workforce development leaders will select one award winner in each of the four categories (workplace success, career preparedness and student readiness) to be honored at ACT’s National Gala for College and Career Readiness on June 3 in Washington, D.C.
“We work hard at Shorewood to give our students the skills they’ll need for a successful life, regardless of which path they choose to explore after high school,” SHS Principal Tim Kenney said. “This recognition is a reflection of the hard work our staff, teachers and students do each day, and would not be possible without them.
According to the Department of Public Instruction, SHS’ commitment to college and career readiness includes setting high expectations for all students, creating a school culture that inspires success, and fostering an environment that challenges and supports each student.
Specifically, the DPI recognized the bi-monthly data team meetings teachers attend to ensure all students are receiving the support they need to be successful and ACT scores that are higher than the state average. The school was also recognized for its percentage of students who meet college and career readiness benchmarks, both of which are higher than state and national averages. The diversity of the SHS student body, with an underrepresented minority student population of 32.3 percent, and a graduation rate of 98.1 percent (for the 2012-13 school year), with students of color graduating at a higher rate than their white peers, were highlighted as well.
Besides academics, Shorewood’s culture, such as its open campus model, was also recognized for its ability to build leadership and responsibility among students.
For example, with the absence of traditional study halls, identified students are given the opportunity to use their free period(s) in a way that best suits them, whether that’s stopping by the library, getting a cup of coffee, studying in open spaces on campus, or seeking out additional support from teachers or staff members. Teachers and administrators are available after school and during the lunch hour for tutoring, and the library remains open for about 90 minutes after school so students can access online opportunities.
“I am so thrilled and honored that SHS has received this recognition,” Shorewood Superintendent Dr. Marty Lexmond said. “We will continue working to prepare our students, of all levels, for the life they’ll face after they leave Shorewood Schools.”
Monday May, 19, 2014 at 04:11PM
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