Educators to Students: We believe in YOU.

Educators to Students: We believe in YOU.
Posted on 04/08/2019
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Over the last week and through the end of the year, students at Salt River High School have and will come face-to-face with many kinds of assessments and tests, from national tests like the ACT, to state tests like the AzMERIT and end-of-year final exams. (WATCH: Check out the encouragement video SRHS staff created for students below.)

These tests are taken to assess the growth and progress of student learning and achievement and can help answer the question: Are students getting the most out of their educational experiences? 

A collage of photos featuring students testing, and encouraging posters hung throughout the school.
Of course, tests and assessments are not the only way growth and progress are measured, and sometimes aren't even the best way to measure these things, but these tests are often good indicators of whether or not things are working as they should be, not just for students, but for teachers and the school, as well.

A great example of this is our current
school letter grade, which is an F. A failing grade for Salt River High School isn't meant to indicate our students, teachers, or school are bad, or are the responsibility of any one individual or group. In fact, the entirety of Salt River Schools, our Education Board, and the SRPMIC Council have stated the letter grade is something we must all, collectively, take accountability for and must all take responsible action to do better. 

Since the SRHS letter grade was announced in early January, Salt River Schools has been communicating “next steps” in a variety of ways. According to the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, there’s a possibility of the school closing after the 2019-2020 school year if SRHS doesn’t show academic progress via the AzMERIT. All those italics aren’t meant to scare anyone, but we do want to communicate urgency: Business as usually isn’t enough and change is needed. Our students and Community deserve better.

February 7, 2019, edition of O'odham Action News in which our letter to parents about the SRHS school letter grade was published on the front page.

SRHS will not be closed next school year, no matter what, and we are working on ways to ensure that, regardless of testing results, the Community’s students will have access to the best educational opportunities far into the future. If your student will be in grades 7-12 next year, we encourage you to enroll them today our registration packets are available online by clicking here!

What do SRHS teachers and staff expect out of students during testing and throughout the year? Only that students do their best with the tools and skills they've learned in class. That's it. Do your best – and try not to stress.

For students, part of doing your best means coming to school every day, and students and families are encouraged to prioritize health and wellness, including developing good sleeping and eating habits, as well as participating in school events, such as Site Council and extracurricular activities.
More tips specific to test preparation can be found here on the Expect More Arizona website.

While some students may feel pressure to get a certain score or perform to a certain expectation, it’s important for students and families to realize that they’ll be supported and celebrated no matter the outcome of their assessments. Salt River Schools would like to extend a sincere thank you – mava sape – to families and the support they’ve shown students, our staff, and our schools.

A student gets a special hot meal at breakfast on a test-taking day served by Higher Education Administrator Rebeca Ronstadt-Contreras.

Staff and faculty across Salt River Schools are so proud of all students no matter what. SRHS educators even created this video last week to encourage students during testing. We hope you enjoy and feel inspired to always do your best!

Many SRHS staff are responsible for the creation of this video, but a super-duper thank you goes out to teacher Miyone Roanhorse for her work in leading the production of this video.
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