London High School Families,
As we flip our calendars to a new year, we also flip the academic calendar to the second half of our school year. As the second semester gets started we look to continue the success of the first semester and create opportunities for all of our students to accomplish much in the second semester. The first half of the year saw a successful start to the year, a very good Homecoming Week (albeit a little rainy), a very successful fall athletic season, a great performance in the Fall Play, nice half-time performances from the band, as well as an impressive academic start for our students. With the help of the AIM period and the dedication of our incredible staff, London High School students have received the help they need to be successful in all of their classes. We hope the students have seen the benefits of their hard work in and out of the classroom.
The second half of the school year brings about many important moments for the academic calendar. In February, Juniors will be taking the ACT at the high school. Whether students are interested in continuing their education at the collegiate level, it is important for students to do their best on the ACT so we, as a learning community, can see if we are preparing our students for their future. Even for students who do not plan to go to college, the ACT allows students to open possibilities in the future. In April the Ohio End of Course tests for students in Algebra I, Geometry, American History, Government, Biology, English 9 and English 10 will take place. Students need a composite score of 18 on the EOC tests to be eligible to graduate (with minimums in English, Math, and Science and History combined). LHS has seen an increase in the percentage of students who have earned a proficient score or better the last two years and we are confident we will again see an increase. This increase is in part due to the hard work of our students and in part due to the hard work of our teachers. Each day they plan and execute lessons that help our students be academically successful.
In the extracurricular arena, we look forward to seeing our winter sports continue the start they have had, the spring sports teams are preparing for their seasons, the Spring Musical has recently cast the performers for the March 14th-16th performances of Anything Goes, art students are preparing for the annual Fine Arts Festival April 6th, and our concert bands and vocal musicians continue preparing for spring performances. Thank you to everyone who comes out to support our students as this is an important reason for our growth and results.
Finally, graduation for our seniors. After thirteen years of formal schooling the culminating high school achievement takes place with Commencement. This year graduation ceremonies will be held on May 26th at 2:00 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. We look forward to this as this is the greatest accomplishment for our school. The teachers and staff of these students have worked hard in preparing the graduates for their adult lives and seeing them walk across the stage is easily the best and last memories of the school year. For our students, finish strong, get your work done, get out in the community and volunteer, and most importantly, enjoy the last few months of your high school careers.
Thank you to everyone for a great start. Let’s finish the year strong.
Be Great Today,