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  • Rocket Report

    Posted by Margo Whisman on 9/30/2018


    Love Blue Live Gold

    Rocket Pride ... Culture of Excellence


    Breaking With Tradition (ch. 7) talks about the eight steps to successful change management. Where are you in the process of reimagining SCHS?

    The stage is set and the SLP is our guide.

    I'm committed to making long-lasting changes.

    I'm going to push harder and faster with resilience and determination.

    What do you need to be successful, to be a change agent, to be a go getter, to lead the way, to build a school where deep learning is transferred and applied across content areas.

    I value your expertise and your input.

    I expect you to be a positive influence in the future of SCHS.

    Are you ready?

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  • Rockets Love Blue and Live Gold All Weekend!

    Posted by Margo Whisman on 8/20/2018

    Rocket Pride Friday's first ever "Back to School Bash Tailgate" will celebrate student involvement, student clubs, school pride, and community support @ 5:30 in the parking lot between JROTC & the Wendy Phillips Nature Center.

    Rocket fans will be out in full force at Robert Doyle Stadium to see the Rockets kick off at 7:30pm and cheer them to victory in their home opener.

    The halftime highlight will be when the SCHS Hall of Fame inductees are recognized on the field. Make your way into the end zone during the game to hear some stories of years past.

    The SCHS Hall of Fame, Class of 2018 will be memorialized and honored Saturday night in Mike Casey Gymnasium!

    All weekend, Rockets new and old, from near and far will come together to create memories, to connect, to celebrate, to share stories, to laugh together and maybe even shed a tear or two. I am forever thankful that I get to go to “work” @ SCHS and help create positive experiences for our students. Together we foster Rocket Pride and a Culture of Excellence! Together we Love Blue and Live Gold!

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  • Transforming SCHS

    Posted by Margo Whisman on 3/9/2018

    Be brave

    Every few decades or so, a paradigm shift has the potential to occur.  Most of the time, these potential shifts do not fully manifest – usually because there are no schools or districts innovative and brave enough to provide a concrete manifestation of the change in its purest form.  -Robert J. Marzano

    Last week I visited two districts successfully challenging the age-old industrial education model.  Envision is a 7-12 tuition free public charter with a 78% F/R population.  It has a decade of experience implementing project-based learning, performance assessments, rigorous academic work, and defenses of learning as rite of passage to graduation.  Lindsay Unified is a K-12 public district with a 90% F/R population.  It has a decade of experience shifting from the one-size-fits-all pace to where learners progress when they have demonstrated mastery and aren’t bound by time or age.  In both places, I heard about & saw many things that looked and felt like SCHS.  What moved me was the “all-in” aspect that permeated both visits.  There was a conviction to break the traditional model that screamed it was not only worth the risk, but imperative for student success.  I returned to KY inspired to push the envelope even farther because I know that SCHS is ready and capable.  I am anxious because risk is scary, but I remain dedicated to redesigning the high school experience.  I encourage every one of you to be brave, take a chance, and fail forward with me as we embark on the next leg of this journey into the great unknown.  The time has come for us to be all-in and fully innovate.  #LoveBLUELiveGOLD

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  • Welcome 2018!

    Posted by Margo Whisman on 1/2/2018

    New Year 2018

    January 1st brings with it excitement and anticipation for the opportunities that are ours to claim.  As we begin to fill the blank pages of 2018, know that SCHS is committed to personalization, innovation, and excellence.

    We will continue to take risks, re-think, re-structure, re-vamp, and re-design the ultimate high school experience for SCHS Rockets.  In challenges we will find opportunities, at road blocks we will create alternate routes, with mistakes we will discover learning, and through rough terrain we will build perserverance.

    I am thankful to be on this journey with students, staff, parents and community.  I cannot wait to highlight how Shelby County Rockets are achieving at high levels, personalizing their learning experiences, and successfully doing high school differently!  #LoveBLUELiveGOLD

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  • Student Centered Learning

    Posted by Margo Whisman on 9/25/2017

    Student Centered Learning

    Student centered learning is happening at SCHS and it begins with the teachers.  The goal is for students to own their learning, but it is our responsibility to make sure they understand exactly what (standards/skills/learning targets) they need to know and specifically what constitutes proficiency/mastery.  Our next charge is to innovate the daily learning target to meet each student where they are AND drive them to the next step of deeper purposeful learning.  

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  • Rethinking High School

    Posted by Margo Whisman on 9/18/2017

    Personalized Learning

    Rockets describe what personalized learning means to them in this student produced video.  Check it out

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  • Rocket Leadership

    Posted by Margo Whisman on 9/8/2017

    Leadership  Rocket Leadership ... what does that look like?  Shelby County High School is our house, our family, our past, and our future.  It will be what we make it and it takes every one of us (student, staff, parent) to make our school the best it can be.  Taking on leadership opportunities increases voice and influence, connects SCHS to the larger community and world, and improves efficiency and effectiveness.  Rocket Leadership ... what does it look like for you?  #LoveBLUELiveGOLD

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  • The Road Less Traveled

    Posted by Margo Whisman on 8/31/2017 8:00:00 AM

    Frost Rockets!  Thank you for your ongoing, hard work day in and day out.  Thank you for building positive learning communities, finding ways to support passions, pushing outside of your comfort zone, and working for greatness.  It excites me to think that SCHS is knee high in the process of redesigning high school.  I continue to say, it may be messy, we may not get it right the first time, but we are going to continue to make decisions and create systems that support students doing the right thing.  Everyone wants to be valued and empowered and Rocket students want the same thing.  We didn’t choose this profession to just fill students with information or get high results on a state test (even though these are nice to have).  We are answering a calling to positively influence the life of every student and improve the world in which we live.  I’m so thankful to have each of you on this team with me working to make every day at SCHS a great day.  We are taking the road less traveled and it’s going to make all the difference!  #LoveBLUELiveGOLD 

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  • Comfort Zone

    Posted by Margo Whisman on 8/14/2017 5:00:00 AM

    Comfort Zone

    Rockets!  What a great first full week of school at SCHS.  Thank you for your work, day in and day out.  Thank you for building positive learning communities, finding innovative ways to support interests and passions, pushing outside of the comfort zone and personalizing the high school experience.  #LoveBLUELiveGOLD

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  • The Way Things Have Always Been Done

    Posted by Margo Whisman on 8/7/2017 5:00:00 AM

    Innovation Rockets!  Congratulations on a smooth and joyful start to the school year.  The opportunities that lie ahead for SCHS are exciting, and there is a hunger to challenge the status quo.  Innovative changes are engaging students both academically and socially, enhancing the overall high school experience.  New ideas can be scary.  However, breaking away from the way things have always been done allows an opening for creativity, for achievement, for magic, for limitless concepts we can’t even imagine.  The 17-18 school year is going to be amazing.  Thank you for joining SCHS in the work personalizing learning, highlighting student voice, and producing future ready graduates!  #LoveBLUELiveGOLD

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