September 2015Dear Parents, Students and Community Members,
As the Principal of Allentown High School my primary focus is student learning. All students must be prepared to be successful in 21st century careers – many of which do not even exist yet. Students must know how to think, to problem solve, to innovate and to collaborate. There is no longer a single pathway to that end, but whatever paths our students choose must be steeped with rigor, relevance and relationships. In all their courses, students must be challenged beyond their comfort zones and encouraged to think critically and creatively. Students must be provided with authentic learning experiences, and they must be connected to adults who truly care.
Students need to interact with adults who help them to plan their futures and who model appropriate civic and social behaviors. As the adults in their lives, we must provide guidance in the development of character. We must help students act with compassion, accept responsibility and chose to do the right thing. Citizenship and service to others are tenets stressed in our high school, and I hope to expand these by encouraging our students to give back to the community that gives so much to them.
We continually seek to improve communication within the high school and with parents and the community. I ask parents to become active partners with us in the education and development of our students. Parents are invited to join the Principal’s Advisory Council which meets monthly to discuss issues related to the high school and to develop programs and opportunities for our students. The dates and times are posted on the website. I also welcome parents to volunteer and to share their expertise with us. We will communicate through our web-site, the RealTime parent portal, Honeywell Alert Now system, and e-mail. You can also follow me on Twitter: Connie Embley @AllentownHS and on the Principal’s Blog on our webpage. Both will give you AHS news. Please be sure your son/daughter’s teachers and the office have your e-mail address. If you want to receive information through the mail instead of electronically, please call the office and we will place you on our mailing list.
Inside NJ Magazine’s annual Top Performing Public High Schools ranking added a new tracking category to the mix this year – arts education. Making NJ the only state in the country to track student participation in the arts, the State Department of Education looked at the integration of arts in school curriculum. This year’s formula relied on three factors: combined SAT scores, a composite High School Proficiency Assessment score and a combined arts participation score. Schools were divided into three tiers. I am proud to report that Allentown High School scored in the top tier of high schools on these three categories.
Allentown High School is a dynamic learning community that strives to meet the needs of our students through a comprehensive program that challenges all students to achieve. Some important facts and information about the high school include:
To ensure academic excellence and an educational system that prepares students for the future, we must consider the most important aspects of education: innovation, individualization, sustainable change, sound educational research, challenging instructional methodology, and shared decision making at all levels.
If you ever have any questions or would like to meet with me, please call the office. I look forward to a successful 2014 - 2015 school year and hope you will join us in promoting our themes for this year: Compassion and Perseverance.
Constance DeNicola Embley