STATUS OF THE SWAMP, OCTOBER 2022
Kentucky students took the Kentucky Summative Assessment (KSA) in the Spring of 2022. The tests were developed by Kentucky teachers and align with the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) in each content area. Individual scores will be sent home with students on Friday, October 21.
KSA is the annual summative assessment given in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 to Kentucky public school students. KSA provides content area assessments, including reading and mathematics (grades 3 through 8 and 10), science (grades 4, 7, 11), on-demand writing and editing and mechanics (grades 5, 8, 11), and social studies (grades 5, 8, 11).
These assessments are Kentucky’s measure of student proficiency and progress on the state content standards. These standards establish goals for what all students should know and be able to do in each grade. The KSA was given online with only a small percentage of students testing on paper. This assessment goes beyond multiple-choice questions. It includes questions where students can demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and extended response questions where students construct a response or answer with a technology-enhanced response.
After reviewing scores, Greenwood High School was the top performing high school in the GRREC region and top (20) in the state. While we have reasons to celebrate this achievement, we also want to continue working on growth areas and pushing forward. The overall cumulative score was a 74.4 or (Green) – KDE created a color coded system this year to determine school accountability. If you want to look at specific scores, please go to the school report card. Well done, Gators!
Greenwood School Report Card Data
STATUS OF THE SWAMP, SEPTEMBER 2022
Good morning, Gators! As we finish the first quarter of the academic calendar year (10/14/22), I wanted to update you on a few exciting announcements. Greenwood High School will undergo renovations soon. The first phase will be updating the football, track/field, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, and softball facilities. I do not have specific timelines, but much of this work will start next semester. The second phase of construction will include building a new media center, upgrades to the main school building, and updates to the flow of school traffic. As we transition through construction, we will do our best to keep all students, parents, and community members abreast of changes on campus. Construction will cause inconveniences at times, but the final product will be worth the short term challenges.
We are also excited to announce that Greenwood High School will now be offering Computer Science classes next semester. These CS classes will be taught during 1st, 2nd, and 3rd blocks. After fall break we will start communicating this to students on morning and afternoon announcements. The guidance counselors will create a process for students to request a schedule change. We know many students have their schedules set and will not want to change, but we could not pass up the opportunity to offer these classes.
Greenwood High School is now considered a Title 1 school. This will allow Greenwood to participate in the federal Title I program and receive additional funding. The main basis for qualification is the number of free/reduced lunch students in the school. As of today, Greenwood has 1400 students and 45% of the student body qualifies for free/reduced lunch. While Title 1 is a new status for Greenwood – all students for the 2022-23 school year will receive free lunch/breakfast.
Greatschools.org recognized Greenwood as 1 of 43 high schools in the state of Kentucky to receive the College Success Award. Kentucky has approximately 540 high schools and 171 school districts. This recognition took into account the percentage of students enrolled in college, number of students that needed remediation classes, and the number of students that successfully completed their first year of college/return for a second year.
As we transition through the year we will host events that showcase our student body. The next main event will be the GHS Bonfire and Community Trunk or Treat on October 27th (5pm-8pm). Many school clubs/teams have been working behind the scenes to ensure we have a great turnout and fun for our feeder school community. Please be on the lookout for flyers promoting the event.
I hope everyone has a great fall break! If you ever need anything and we can be of assistance – please let us know. Take care!
Adam Hatcher, Principal
Greenwood High School
As principal, I want to welcome each of you to Greenwood High School. This will be my 20th year in education and I have enjoyed every minute working to ensure students have multiple opportunities to find success in any healthy venue they choose. I earned a B.A., M.A., and Rank 1 from Western Kentucky University (Go Tops). I have coached and officiated multiple sports throughout my tenure as an educator. I love to travel and experience different cultures through food. I am a firm believer to invest in people over things and a positive attitude can help you navigate through most situations that arise. It is a goal of mine that Greenwood High School continues to produce productive citizens that make this world a better place. The rich tradition in academics and extra-curricular activities distinguish Greenwood as a premiere destination in education. If you ever have questions, comments, or concerns feel free to contact me via email or face-to-face.
Always remember, Together We Are Better! Later, Gators!
Mr. Adam Hatcher