To all past & present Cardinals: Welcome to the South Laurel High School webpage!
We have had a great start to the 2018-2019 school year! I am very proud of the efforts that our students and staff have put in this fall. Not only have our students experienced success in the classroom but also in extracurricular activities such as academic, athletic, band and choral competitions.
At the beginning of the school year, I have challenged our school community to focus in on our SLHS 3-Point Plan:
Positive School Culture.
This concept is important because it fosters positive teacher-student interactions, removes barriers to learning, increases collaborative relationships and provides clear appropriate and consistently high expectations. Borrowing the mentality from famous head coach Bill Belichick, we cannot be the most successful South Laurel Cardinals that we can be unless everyone “Does their Job.” This means staff and students have to be prepared, work hard, pay attention to the details and putting the team (school) first.
Growth Mindset is not a new program, platform, software or product. Growth Mindset is part of the human condition. Students are going to be better at whatever task they are trying to master on day 100 versus day 1. Whether we are learning a new subject, skill, sport, instrument or foreign language; all require practice, growth, failure, perseverance, feedback and an attitude that, “I can learn to do anything I set my mind to.” One of the most important parts of Growth Mindset is that failure is not the end. You must not, cannot, and will not give up.
It is the students goal to demonstrate growth and proficiency as they try to reach benchmarks in English, reading and math. These skills are not only important for college-bound students but the skills practiced are also valuable and necessary skills for student seeking immediate entry into the workplace. Students will practice ACT like questions, participate in ACT Boot camps, After School Learning Clubs, and full ACT practice tests.
During the fall semester, I have witnessed staff and students embrace and model our 3-Point Plan. I am very proud of the effort and level of commitment we have put in as a school community. I am very blessed to be part of this school family once again and look forward to a year of many successes. GO CARDS!
Better Every Day,
Jeremy A. Kidd