The Pirate Compass

Assisting Families in Navigating the Waters of High School

Principal's Message

Happy Friday, Pirate Families!

It's been a busy January on the Pirate Ship. I'm trying a new format for family communication. Rather than a lengthy email, we thought a newsletter format would be better. In the coming months, we will include pictures and event reminders...I've just got to learn those features first, ha.

We hope this information finds you well. If you have questions or concerns, or would simply like to connect, please feel free to reach out.

With gratitude,

Kalin Cross

Proud Principal

Phoenix High School

Go Pirates!

Attendance Help:

We are struggling with student attendance. Currently, we only have 71% of our students attending school regularly.

In Oregon, "attending school regularly" means that a student is attending over 90% of the time. We know that the message over the last few years has been to keep students home for illnesses because of strict COVID protocols. Now that those protocols aren't as strict, we are actively working to recover from learning loss and asking that students attend as often as possible. Research shows that students who miss school regularly miss out on learning resulting in poor grades.

We have a school-based health center that is staffed consistently and we also have the ability to test for COVID, should you/your student be concerned about that.

If there is a barrier to your student getting to school, we have a variety of resources and would love to partner with you however we can. Give us a call if you are in need of think-partnering to find solutions to student attendance.

Family Engagement Results:

During the fall we asked for your participation in a Family Engagement Survey. We had 224 families complete the family survey- THANK YOU! The feedback along with site visits and "secret shopper" calls gave us feedback on the following 4 categories:

-Welcoming- Do families feel like they belong on campus?

-Communication- Do we have systems in place for home-school communication that are inviting, useful, and set up for two-way communication?

-Information- Do families receive the information they need in order to function as an integral part of their child's school?

-Empowerment- Do our family participation programs invite involvement in learning, value families, as key resources, and engage the entire school community?

We are proud to share that our areas of strength are: Welcoming and Communication. Furthermore, PHS received a perfect score in the area of Welcoming: Parent Visits. We also had very positive feedback on our Communication regarding our website, social media, and the beautiful marquee in the front of the school.

We will be working on sharing information and empowering families to partner with us in the education of their students. We're already working on having information more easily accessible in our front office! Stay tuned for more!

End of 2nd Quarter:

Next week is the last week of Quarter 2 and the end of the first semester. I can't believe we are almost halfway through the year.

Please login to PowerSchool to do some grade checks for your students and reach out to teachers if you have concerns or questions. Staff is working diligently to keep things updated in the grade book. Please note that because of this, grades are likely changing from day to day as students complete and turn in assignments.

Friday, 1/27- End of Quarter 2

Monday, 1/30- No school for students, Teacher Grading Day

Tuesday, 1/31- Quarter 3/2nd Semester start

Friday, 2/3- Report Cards mailed home

Smarter Balanced Testing- Families of Juniors ONLY

Please look out for a notification email from PHS letting you know that we have entered the testing season for 11th graders. We test in the areas of Science, English Language Arts, and Math between January and late May each year. These scores are reported to the state and shared with the public the following fall.