Welcome to Coxsackie-Athens High School
As we wrap up the 2011-2012 school year, there is no question that the Coxsackie-Athens High School community has a great deal to celebrate!
Our annual Commencement Ceremony this year graduated 126 astounding young people, all of whom have guaranteed post-secondary outcomes. 88% of these young people are on their way to two- or four-year colleges or universities. The remainder have placements in trade schools, many branches of the military, and the work force. Overall, our graduation rate increased as well, rising from 81.3% last year to this year’s outcome of 83.6%. The hard work, dedication, and commitment of our faculty and staff truly has made a difference.
As we move forward, we still have a great deal of work to do! Heading into the 2012-2013 school year, we will be implementing the expanded use of mobile learning devices in many classrooms and courses throughout the building. We will have expanded course offerings and electives in many departments to help increase student engagement, while also creating diverse pathways that meet individual needs. Many of these new courses offer new opportunities for students to earn college credit through SUNY Albany and/or Columbia Greene Community College. In order to better support our struggling learners, we will be implementing a lab-based model of Response to Intervention (RTi) in all CORE content areas. Building-wide, we will begin the creation and implementation of formative benchmark assessments at regular checkpoints within all courses, allowing for on-going data related to student performance, as well as the ability to tailor instruction to meet individual student need.
The 21st century high school is one that prepares our students to be "career and college ready" in a global context that looks very different than the one many of us prepared to live in. This includes providing our students with absolute mastery of core content, as well as opportunities to develop critical 21st century skills while exploring differentiated outcomes tailored to their needs. At C-A High School, we will most certainly remain committed to developing and maintaining a world-class program that meets these objectives.
I encourage you to join us in the exciting work ahead. Our students deserve only the best. It will take our collective efforts, as educators, parents and a community, to be successful. Please feel free to reach out at any time.
Heath C. Hanley
Principal, Coxsackie-Athens High School