Jason R. Bull
Sheboygan North High School
North High School will soon implement a new scheduling model that provides more opportunities for each student and an environment that allows a stronger commitment to the whole student. The North High School Flex Mod Schedule empowers all members of the North Learning Community to meet the vision of North High School, and the needs and demands that exist for the 21st century learner.
“At North High School, students, parents, staff, and community members work together to provide equal opportunity for learners to attain their highest level of academic achievement, personal growth, and intellectual development in a safe and caring environment.”
The above-quoted North High School vision statement briefly summarizes the overarching goals for our learning community. Although brief, this vision outlines three key elements that drive the daily operations of North.
The first key component of the vision statement speaks of a true learning community in which students, parents, staff, and community members work together. It is never more important than now for all stakeholders to work in concert to proactively impact every student. The degree to which all members of the North learning community can collectively focus their efforts is the degree to which North can continue to successfully prepare all students to positively impact their community now and in the future.
The next essential element of the North vision statement references a commitment to the whole student. The North learning community is committed to each student attaining his/her highest level of academic achievement, personal growth, and intellectual development. In an ever-changing global society, young adults must have a solid foundation of academic skills and abilities, possess problem-solving capabilities, be reflective learners, and have the ability to process, manipulate, and understand information quickly and at rigorous levels.
A community that truly facilitates student learning, reflection and growth must be founded on the tenets of safety and caring. One of the cornerstones of the continued success of North is the commitment to, and efforts toward, building and maintaining positive relationships with students and their families. These connections serve to ensure that all students have ample opportunity to engage in academic, personal, and intellectual growth both inside and outside the classroom. In addition to these relationships, a culture that fosters responsibility while emphasizing accountability for decisions made serves to cultivate young adults who are most prepared for what is to come next in their lives.
The North learning community firmly believes that the attainment of the school’s vision statement can and will be achieved with more frequency and greater fidelity through the implementation of a flexible modular scheduling model or flex-mod developed by North High School. We are committed to providing an opportunity for members of the entire North learning community to participate in the creation of a schedule structure that fosters growth, encourages collaboration, and promotes responsibility and accountability. It is with the best interest of all students and staff in mind that the administrative team is facilitating the successful and sustained implementation of this flex - mod model.
The change to a North High School flex mod schedule model will be challenging, as any substantial change can be. This change will challenge each of our beliefs, routines and methodologies, and each one of us will deal with these difficulties and challenges differently. We, as a truly collaborative professional team, shall support each student and family through this change knowing that, when fully implemented, this schedule model shall support our vision and provide every and additional opportunities for all students.
As North High School continues to work in partnership with parents, staff, students and community members open lines of communication are essential. I welcome your input and inquiries. Please utilize the contact infromation below as needed:
920.459.3603 or Beth Grebe at 920.459.3602