Dear Parents/Guardians, Students and Friends of Herron High School,

Dreams really do come true! Tonight we concluded our reading of The Iliad. This event was called Herron High School’s Urban Epic. We started reading Thursday morning at 8:15 a.m. and read until late afternoon, and we started again Friday morning and read until we completed the Homer’s epic at approximately 9:15 p.m. this evening.  Students, Teachers, Administrators, Parents, Board Members and Community partners all took their turn reading this classical work. We also had many local organizations pitch in to underwrite this event. The event was primarily funded through a grant from the Junior League of Indianapolis.

As a former teacher of Classical Literature, I was completely overjoyed that our school produced such an event. We are proud of being a liberal arts, classical high school. We believe that the education we offer and celebrate will ground our students in meaningful subject matter that transcends time and one’s own circumstance. To see so many of our students, their families, and our faculty soaking in and participating in this event is evidence that our dream to create an urban high school that celebrates the classics has come to fruition. Thank you to everyone who made Herron High School’s Urban Epic a success!

BENCHMARKS: Benchmark Exams begin this Thursday, October 9. (The full schedule for Benchmarks is included in this newsletter – note that school begins at 9:00 on Friday, Oct 10.)   Benchmark assessments occur at the end of each quarter. They serve as a way for students, parents, and teachers to understand the scope of the content that students have mastered during these first weeks of school.

We understand that exams can cause our students to feel anxious. It is important to assure your student that there will not be any surprises on their assessments. Truly, it is an opportunity for them to show what they know! Mrs. Dorsey and Mrs. Torres have been offering test-taking strategy workshops for our students. These workshops provide tools for our students to cope with any test-taking stress they may experience.

We also understand that many of our 9th and 10th graders do not know how to prepare for assessments. Teachers are working with their students to help them understand this process.

The information that we gather from Benchmark’s is used strategically to improve instruction and learning. We strategically examine individual student data, and we also look at the data holistically.

I thank you for your commitment to our school and mission.

All my best,

Janet H. McNeal, Head of School

Complete newsletter here: 10.4.2014 HHS

Listen to Mrs. McNeal’s interview with John Krull on WFYI’s No Limits program