In my last article, I wrote about sailing being a journey, and how others in various types of watercraft enjoy the water around us.
I wrote how sailing can be a journey, just sail the wind. Fishing can be a mission, catch fish. Power boating can be heading to a specific destination. Public education is all three. Education is a journey as students explore the many options offered inside and outside of the classroom at Trenton High School. THS has a mission … to inspire all students. And THS has a specific destination, to graduate students as we prepare them for a successful tomorrow.
I was thinking of all of this when I recently went sailing with my wife. We were heading out to Lake Erie for an afternoon sail through the Trenton Channel when we noticed a boat signaling for help. The boat was broken down, without any power, and it appeared to be taking on water as I could see the bilge pumping at capacity.
As a sailboat, we certainly could not tow, however we could provide assistance as the law of the sea requires. We circled the boat, and I told the people on the distressed vessel that we were ready to assist should they need to abandon ship. A large power boat soon arrived. The power boat had a much better towing capacity. We all worked together to have the distressed boat towed to safety.
The point is we acted together as a boating community to assist someone in need, much like Trenton High School will act as a professional learning community. We no longer have teachers working in isolation but rather have teachers come together in professional learning community teams for the purpose of student achievement.
Trenton High School teachers will work as a community to assist students. Our late starts on Mondays are dedicated to this process. Teachers work as a community to review data, study test results, and plan a guaranteed curriculum. A guaranteed curriculum is one in which, regardless of the teacher, the same content is covered.
The teachers work to assist students in our Blue Pride program. This is a program in which all staff members, me included, have about 20 students that they help in responding when interventions are needed.
The building continues to move forward as we have had a team of THS staff members visit another high school to explore the possibility of Trenton High School having an International Baccalaureate diploma program available. The team will be reporting our staff and community as we look at the possibility of an IB program at Trenton High School. The team also has other visits planned to other high schools that currently have an IB program.
Trenton High School is also looking at expanding our Advanced Placement Program by moving to AP Capstone. This would have THS add a seminar and research class to our many options at THS. Students would graduate with an AP Capstone diploma.
We continue at THS to strive for continuous improvement, which is part of our vision to reach that mission. Trenton High School has much to offer, and I always encourage students to do two things: give your best and get involved.
Contact Dr. Michael Doyle at (734) 692-4531, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @DocThs80.