“Academic Resources Available for Students Who Need Additional Support”


Dave Monson, Nordhoff Principal, highlights for parents the academic support and resources available for kids who may need it

Hello Ranger Families,

Happy November!  It’s hard to believe that we’ve completed the first quarter of school last month, and need to look ahead to first semester grades in December.  The semester grades are reported on a student’s transcripts and sent to colleges so they carry more importance than other grading periods.  With that in mind, I would like to offer some suggestions for you.

There’s a saying that claims “It doesn’t matter how you start, it matters how you finish.”  There is some truth to the claim that can be applied to academics, athletics, performing arts, or any endeavor for that matter.  But in my experience at Nordhoff, it does matter how you start when it comes to high school.  A good start to the year can make it easier to finish strong while a bad start can make it more difficult to finish strong.  We are still early in the year so there is time to change a bad start.  Please continue to monitor your student’s grades through QSIS, reach out to their teachers if you have questions or concerns about their grades in individual classes, and continue to maintain a consistent, supportive home environment that prioritizes school work.

When our first quarter progress grades were reported back in September, we identified struggling students and offered academic assistance.  We started our Peer Tutoring program during seminar in the library on Thursdays and Fridays, and we continue to have Math Tutoring available after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays in D-11 as well as extended library hours after school for homework help.  Additionally, we are adding students to our Academic Support class, continuing our Student Success Team (SST) intervention meetings, and implementing individual classroom interventions.  For our freshmen, it is critically important that students and families utilize any and all academic support as the first year of high school can greatly influence the attitude and outcome of the remaining high school years.

Though first quarter grades do not show up on a student’s permanent transcript, these grades are used to determine whether any student-athletes / artists remain eligible to compete / perform in the fall season and the first half of the winter season.  For Juniors and Seniors, these grade will also determine if they will earn the highly-prized off-campus lunch pass for the second quarter.

Being successful in high school can be a difficult and challenging time for students and families.  But it can also be a time filled with achievement and satisfaction.  Please recognize that the high school year is more like a marathon than a sprint.  It takes a regular, consistent pace to be successful.  There will be times when the pace needs to be increased in order to finish strong, but generally speaking, developing a predictable schedule every week will allow most students to be successful--no matter what pathway they choose.

Principal Dave Monson