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    A Message from the Principal

    Dear Flora Family:

    rm We have learned already that the 21st century will overturn many of our basic assumptions about economic life. Comparably, the same conclusion applies to education in general, and in our case, AC Flora High School, specifically. Some people believe schools are immovable objects mired in an earlier century. However, informed parents recognize that while this perception misses the mark, meaningful systemic change that narrows the achievement gaps, raises academic standards, and provides support equally among the students comes neither painlessly nor quickly.

    Against the backdrop of increasing achievement, we seek to make Flora more engaging and relevant by increasing academic support mechanisms within the school, improving all facets of school-wide communication, expanding the use of variable types of technology, and encouraging student focus on career pathways. Ultimately, we need to transform the school into a high-performance learning organization. In preparing students for life-long learning, the school must not only level the playing field for English language learners and special needs students, but also take all students from wherever they are on the achievement scale to competitive. The increasing global economy demands readiness!

    Annually, a segment of the enrolling ninth grade class arrives in need of remediation. Modification remains a priority to provide more support within the confines of the master schedule. The implementation of the literacy and math initiatives provides time for faculty and students alike to focus on skill enhancement via use of high-yield instructional strategies and the prospects of multiple opportunities to achieve course passage. All initiatives give rise to hope for curtailing the corrosive, paralyzing cycle of failure. Using the Richland One Strategic Plan, the entire Flora school community effectively collaborates to leverage strength and bridge shortcomings.

    In order to achieve the desired results, good communication among all of us is a must! By taking advantage of EChalk, PowerSchool Parent Portal, and Phone Blast, parents, students, teachers, and administration can form a strong scaffold of academic support for every student.


    Richard K. McClure