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By PARENT MEMBERS
Carbon High Community Council

As parent members of the Carbon High School Community Council, we would like to share some of the great things that are happening at Carbon High School.

During our first council meeting on Sept. 3, 2009, principal Greg Stanfield, shared important progress reports from the 2008 - 2009 school year.

Firstly, Carbon High School passed the State Accreditation.

"The purpose of accreditation is to ensure excellence in education by holding schools accountable to rigorous standards and a process of continuous improvement."

In the State of Utah, by law all public schools granting high school credit are required to be accredited. Accreditation ensures that the credits/diploma a student earns is the result of quality educational experience. Schools that are not accredited run the risk of not having their credits or diplomas accepted by other schools, colleges, or the military. Any school accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting body has demonstrated a commitment to rigorous standards and a process of continuous improvement." (From the Utah State Office of Education, Accreditation website)

We encourage everyone to check out the entire report on Carbon Highs Accreditation visit on the following website. http://www.schools.utah.gov/curr/accred/reports/teamreports.htm

Secondly, our students received some of the highest scores in the state on the UBSCT testing (Utah basic skills competency test). The Utah Basic Skills Competency Test aims to ensure students leave high school with a set of basic skills in writing, reading and math.

The test is part of the Utah Performance Assessment System for Students, a series of state and national tests aimed at holding schools accountable for student achievement. Students have up to five times, beginning in the spring of their sophomore year, to take and retake the exam until they pass. Once a test section is passed, it does not have to be retaken. Students need to pass this test in order to receive a "basic high school diploma."

Lastly, our students and teachers passed the State AYP (adequate yearly progress) requirements for the second year in a row. The purpose of the Utah Performance Assessment System for Students AYP is to provide information about how students in Utah schools are doing relative to the Utah State Core Curriculum and State requirements for school performance. It is the goal of the State education system that all students learn the Core Curriculum each year so that they have the fundamentals necessary for a solid academic future. (Taken from the Utah State Office of Education website)

We believe these accomplishments reflect the dedication of our school administration, faculty, staff and great students of setting goals, working hard and reaching these high academic standards.

Mr. Stanfield also shared a shortened version of a training which he presented to the faculty and staff prior to the beginning of school. The information was based on a book entitled "The Energy Bus" by Jon Gordon. The insightful presentation included 10 suggestions on how to be a more positive, grateful, forward thinking person and how educators can truly make a difference in the lives of our children.

We feel it is important to keep our community informed of the efforts of Carbon High School on behalf of our youth. We would also appreciate your ideas about how CHS could improve. We want to bring both parents and community concerns to the council. Your suggestions on ideas to make things better will also be helpful.

Please feel free to contact any of us with your concerns or email as listed below. Be assured that we will address each one with the school administration and do our best to bring resolution.

Congratulations to the Carbon High Students, Faculty and Staff of 2008 -2009. Let's work together to make 2009 - 2010 another exceptional year.

Dannette Moynier moynierda@carbonschools.org

Kelly Harmond harmondke@carbonschools.org

Andy Barnett barnettand@carbonschools.org

Elaine Pollock pollockel@carbonschools.org

Brenda Pappas pappasbr@carbonschools.org

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