Having West Virginia teachers and school personnel unite 55 strong saying, “Whatever we do, we do together,” supplied a lesson learned for the entire school year.
Within that experiential
Already I see a growing confidence in Upshur County Schools. From a team-building perspective, which is multi-year, we can proudly point to the Buckhannon-Upshur Girls Basketball team winning 26-2-0 coached by Jeremy Maxwell, playing for the State Championship two years running. And we can look to the performing arts like the Buckhannon-Upshur Choir, especially the B-U Soundwaves earning the West Virginia State Honor Choir designation under the direction of Jeremiah Smallridge. Granted, the seeds for success in basketball and choir had already been planted, but the time of harvesting has been
We are gaining confidence that whatever good goals we set, we can
Another piece of the framework involves a diagram of a circle entitled “Outcomes.” Surrounding the circle
The final part of our diagram portraying an effective learning environment is what is inside the “Outcomes” circle:
1 - Systems
2 - Data
3 - Practices.
Our systems are “go” as per student and educator teamwork. Consider basketball and choir as examples that are replicated in all seven grade schools, our middle school, and our high school.
The data presented at our public BOE meetings support improvements in behavioral competency, academic achievement
Finally, the practices — where the rubber meets the road — are evident in our ever-higher graduation rate, our safe school efforts, and our welcoming of health care teams from our community physical care to mental health care for early interventions for individual students and family supports.
Lesson learned, hard and soft, is that Upshur Schools are experiencing student success, enjoying