Welcome to Talawanda High School
Welcome back for a new exciting school year at THS. We have exciting news to share this year! For the seventh year running, the Ohio Department of Education has designated Talawanda High School as Excellent! This is the highest designation that a high school can achieve from the state of Ohio.
Talawanda High School Vision
Achieving Excellence Together
Challenging all students to achieve their fullest potential
Student success, expecially emphasizing improving student
performance, represents the unifying theme of our school's beliefs.
•We believe that nationally proven teaching methods
and materials, combined with local creative and innovative
strategies, will enhance learning and continued excellence.
•We believe that children are our greatest resource,
and that it takes the concern and commitment
of the entire community to provide the
highest quality education for them.
•We believe that recognizing and valuing the diversity and
equality of all human beings are essential for student success.
•We believe that the quality of a student's high school
experience is ultimately measured by her/his successful
school-to-school (secondary to postsecondary) and
school-to-work transitions, and by the creation of a
desire for lifelong learning.
High School That Work (HSTW)
School continues to be involved in the High Schools That
Work school improvement model. HSTW centers around raising
the expectations for all students. We use recognized
national and local performance indicators to evaluate
student achievement. A national research report, released
in February, 1999, rated HSTW as one of the only three out
of over twenty commonly used national reform initiatives
which actually have been demonstrated to improve student
achievement. Please review the following website which
explains the program in much greater detail:
Two out of the last five years, Talawanda High School has received a Gold Award from HSTW. In order to receive the Gold Award, Talawanda High School met the following requirments:
• At least 50 % of our students had to earn the HSTW Award of Educational Achievement based on their performance on the 2010 HSTW Assessment. To earn this award, students met all three readiness goals on the assessment, completed the GSTW-recommended curriculum in at least two subjects and completed a concentration in the humanities, mathematics/science or a career technical area.
• We had to meet the Adequate Yearly Progess (AYP) criteria of the federal No Child Left Behind Act
• Or we had to have a graduation rate of at least 85 %.
Note: This past year Talawanda High School met AYP and also had a graduation rate of over 99%.
We have an outstanding staff at Talawanda High School who is dedicated to providing our students with the best possible educational experience. A new school year presents opportunities for various beginnings - new classes, new faces, and new courses. As we begin a new year we are continuing our emphasis on teamwork, collaboration, and connectedness under the District umbrella of PRIDE. PRIDE stands for People Respecting Individual Differences Everyday. We are planning on holding our PRIDE day for our sophomores in the spring of 2012. These are life-changing day-long activities that prevent bullying and build close caring relationships among students.
We encourage you to become involved in your student's school life in any way you feel comfortable. Please call or email with questions, concerns, suggestions, and compliments as well. We love to hear from you. Our teachers are not only superb educators, but are also very caring and conscientious. They would love to discuss your student's progress with you. Please call them on their individual lines. Our administrative staff is also happy to help you. We are always looking for ways to improve as a community dedicated to learning!
Mrs. Vicki L. Brunn
Principal, Talawanda High School
101 W. Chestnut Street Oxford, OH 45056