At MHS, Our Focus is on Achievement (With Video!)
Mr. Eric Larson
Matthew Geary, Manchester High School Principal
November 15, 2012 •
Filed under A Letter from the Principal
A great deal has changed at Manchester High School during the past few months, and some of these changes are captured in this video.
Much of what has been done stems from faculty and staff efforts to improve school climate by developing a grid that outlines expected behaviors for success across the building. The acronym IMAGINE (Imagine the Possibilities, Make Good Choices, Accept Responsibility, Give Respect to Get Respect, Innovate to Solve Problems, Never Give Up, Expect Excellence) supports our integration of a Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports model and is grounded in the work of Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick in their book Activating & Engaging Habits of Mind.
The behaviors outlined in the IMAGINE grid are modeled by faculty and staff, and these behaviors will be solidified through the development of a Staff Working Agreement which will take place on December 12 during professional development time.
Incidentally, the title of this video, “Focused monitoring,” refers to a strategy of focusing on a limited number of carefully chosen priorities that data tells us have the greatest impact on improving achievement for all students. This approach puts the emphasis on accountability and progress, rather than a preoccupation with process.
Finally, thanks to Eric Larson, our video expert, for producing this video, which was narrated by yours truly.