Positivity in the air at Steele High


We asked principal Michael May: <strong>What are you looking forward to most this year?</strong> “Change is hard. But we’re seeing so much positivity as the result of change that it has everyone around more excited about what’s going on. We have educators who have spurred so much creativity. Selfishly, I feel much more comfortable this year. I’m not new anymore. I feel like everything is in full swing… We have great student leaders here — student council, band, athletics. There’s been a shift in culture in the building to positivity.” <strong>What do you see as your greatest challenge?</strong> “There’s always the shift with the eighth-graders who are coming up into high school. It is a culture change. You are much more accountable, held responsible on your own. I’ve seen teachers, without a shadow of a doubt, do everything they can to help. But they’re not going to chase you down the hall to make sure you do all your work.” <strong>What message do you have for new students coming into your building?</strong> “We have Comet pride, positive decision-making. That means helping others, respecting others, being proud of where you’re from, and giving your best effort. The students here truly take care of each other and we’re expecting that especially of our juniors and seniors again this year.” <strong>What do you want parents to know?</strong> “We’re all here to help and work to improve every aspect. I believe the transparency and openness of accepting challenges and working to get better is important. We also have to highlight the positive things that happen.”

We asked principal Michael May: What are you looking forward to most this year? “Change is hard. But we’re seeing so much positivity as the result of change that it has everyone around more excited about what’s going on. We have educators who have spurred so much creativity. Selfishly, I feel much more comfortable this year. I’m not new anymore. I feel like everything is in full swing… We have great student leaders here — student council, band, athletics. There’s been a shift in culture in the building to positivity.” What do you see as your greatest challenge? “There’s always the shift with the eighth-graders who are coming up into high school. It is a culture change. You are much more accountable, held responsible on your own. I’ve seen teachers, without a shadow of a doubt, do everything they can to help. But they’re not going to chase you down the hall to make sure you do all your work.” What message do you have for new students coming into your building? “We have Comet pride, positive decision-making. That means helping others, respecting others, being proud of where you’re from, and giving your best effort. The students here truly take care of each other and we’re expecting that especially of our juniors and seniors again this year.” What do you want parents to know? “We’re all here to help and work to improve every aspect. I believe the transparency and openness of accepting challenges and working to get better is important. We also have to highlight the positive things that happen.”


STEELE HIGH SCHOOL

Principal: Michael May

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.

Grades: Ninth through 12th

Address: 450 Washington St.

Phone: 440-988-4433

There are still some kinks to be worked out of the new building schedule put in place last year at Steele High School, mainly in regard to how mid-terms and finals work.

The change, which was met with a degree of skepticism by some students and parents, has been beneficial, said principal Michael May.

“The result of the new building schedule has been nine new electives, the addition of an AP course, and the launch of the Comet College Campus,” he said. “It gives a variety that’s applicable to all the learners in the building. I mean, we’re going to have forensic science in the building this year. How cool is that? I want to take that course.”

Other new classes will include AP biology, History of the Cold War, Introduction to Philosophy, combined advanced chemistry and biology, creative writing, Foundations of Journalism, speech and debate, and Chemistry II.

“We’re going to be centered on the academics this year, trying to get better every day. I’d like to expand our programming even more,” May said.

A move away from the disastrous PARCC test trial run last year will help in that effort.

The Amherst Schools have adopted the AIR tests, which will cover the same subjects but be less time-intensive. May said administrators statewide are much happier with the format and style offered by AIR.

We asked principal Michael May: What are you looking forward to most this year? “Change is hard. But we’re seeing so much positivity as the result of change that it has everyone around more excited about what’s going on. We have educators who have spurred so much creativity. Selfishly, I feel much more comfortable this year. I’m not new anymore. I feel like everything is in full swing… We have great student leaders here — student council, band, athletics. There’s been a shift in culture in the building to positivity.” What do you see as your greatest challenge? “There’s always the shift with the eighth-graders who are coming up into high school. It is a culture change. You are much more accountable, held responsible on your own. I’ve seen teachers, without a shadow of a doubt, do everything they can to help. But they’re not going to chase you down the hall to make sure you do all your work.” What message do you have for new students coming into your building? “We have Comet pride, positive decision-making. That means helping others, respecting others, being proud of where you’re from, and giving your best effort. The students here truly take care of each other and we’re expecting that especially of our juniors and seniors again this year.” What do you want parents to know? “We’re all here to help and work to improve every aspect. I believe the transparency and openness of accepting challenges and working to get better is important. We also have to highlight the positive things that happen.”
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2015/08/web1_DSC_3161.jpgWe asked principal Michael May: What are you looking forward to most this year? “Change is hard. But we’re seeing so much positivity as the result of change that it has everyone around more excited about what’s going on. We have educators who have spurred so much creativity. Selfishly, I feel much more comfortable this year. I’m not new anymore. I feel like everything is in full swing… We have great student leaders here — student council, band, athletics. There’s been a shift in culture in the building to positivity.” What do you see as your greatest challenge? “There’s always the shift with the eighth-graders who are coming up into high school. It is a culture change. You are much more accountable, held responsible on your own. I’ve seen teachers, without a shadow of a doubt, do everything they can to help. But they’re not going to chase you down the hall to make sure you do all your work.” What message do you have for new students coming into your building? “We have Comet pride, positive decision-making. That means helping others, respecting others, being proud of where you’re from, and giving your best effort. The students here truly take care of each other and we’re expecting that especially of our juniors and seniors again this year.” What do you want parents to know? “We’re all here to help and work to improve every aspect. I believe the transparency and openness of accepting challenges and working to get better is important. We also have to highlight the positive things that happen.”

STEELE HIGH SCHOOL

Principal: Michael May

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.

Grades: Ninth through 12th

Address: 450 Washington St.

Phone: 440-988-4433