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Our mission: Preparing life-long learners as responsible citizens in a dynamic, changing world.
Our vision: The culture of Tenino High School supports learning and develops results through relationships, rigor, and relevance.
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A word that is buzzing a lot in education these days is rigor, but what the term means varies from person to person. Some educators define rigor as "hard" or "challenging", while others equate the word to an amount of work produced. While all these are true to some extent, to me they seem too simplistic and superficial for what should be a far deeper concept.
At a recent training, I heard a new twist on the definition of rigor that rang true to my own personal beliefs as an educational leader. "Rigor changes the belief of learners as to what they previously thought they were capable of achieving." Therefore, providing rigor to every student is achievable no matter where his or her abilities may currently be.
You have probably heard the term Common Core State Standards (CCSS) recently. If not, you certainly will. Schools throughout the United States are adopting the CCSS as a way to promote consistency in educational opportunities and experiences nation-wide. Aligning with college and career anchor standards, the CCSS will provide students with the tools they need for success both in college and in the modern work force. Please view this short video for a summary of what CCSS are all about.
The assessments of the CCSS by the new Smarter Balanced Assessments are rigorous and will present challenges for students and instructors, alike. To adequately prepare students for these new assessments, teachers will certainly need to modify the way they teach, assess, and approach concepts. Indeed, I expect that the rigor of the CCSS will change the belief of teachers, as well, as to what they previously thought they were capable of achieving.
I'm proud of the dedication and courage my staff has shown as we continue down the difficult road of change. I am also grateful for a supportive community and parents who continue to support our efforts. Tenino High School is a great place to be, and we're getting better every day.