To all past & present Cardinals: Welcome to the South Laurel High School webpage!
We have had a great start to the 2019-2020 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.
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 put 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 of, “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 in various disciplines as they plan for post-secondary success. Many students will seek entry in college and universities while others will pursue vocational or trade-school opportunities. Some students will serve our country as they enlist in one of our military service branches, and others will choose to enter the work force. Whichever path our students take, the goal for life after high school is that we have a population that is transition ready. Students who have graduated with the skills necessary to provide them with opportunities become a successful, productive adults.
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