As principal of Needles High School, I would like to welcome you to the 2014-2015 school year. As a small school, we have the opportunity to create the best learning experiences for all students and maintain a safe environment. Our students are reaching new heights, attending some of the most prestigious universities both in California and out of state. These successes stem from the strong working relationships our staff has with parents and students. We have dedicated, disciplined, and resilient staff members whose primary focus is to promote student learning and success. The goals at Needles High School are to close the achievement gap, successfully implement the new Common Core State Standards, and prepare all students for college and career. In my second year at Needles High School, I see systems being put into place to move forward with these goals and it is exciting!
There are several significant things occurring on the Needles High School campus this year. We have implemented a Freshman Studies and Health class that all freshmen will be taking. Our seniors will have the opportunity to enroll in our new English class, Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC). This class was developed by the California State University system and we are thrilled to be able to offer this course. We are offering a new Advancement Placement (AP) course for juniors and seniors: AP Chemistry. This course expands our AP offerings and builds upon our other three AP courses: Calculus AB, Biology, and English Language and Literature. Our students are taking more Palo Verde College classes and increasing our Dual Enrollment numbers. Our AVID program is moving forward with full force. AVID’s mission is to support our students school wide and ensure they are college and career ready. There are several new electives for our students to choose from: Forensic Science, Theatre Arts/Drama, Current Events and Small Business Operations. In addition to our outstanding progress academically, we have reason to be excited about our extra-curricular activities. We have several new clubs that have been established this year: Interact, Chess, Art, Anime, and Drama. The Needles High School campus is a lively place, fueled with student activities run by our ASB leadership class. I encourage all students to achieve academically and pair it with eager involvement in activities.
Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the student planner and the ongoing events at Needles High School. You can keep up with the events on our website, daily bulletin, and direct contact with school staff. I encourage you to stay involved in your child’s education. By supporting one another and remaining involved, Needles High School will continue to make huge positive strides.