My Education, My Choice
Message From Our Director
Dear PATHS Supporters,
I am writing this column on the fortieth school day here at PATHS; in that time our
students have already achieved so much. Students have begun to sit for third party
pre exams in preparation for full certification exams in the spring. Every program
has started individual and group application learning projects. Students in carpentry
are working on finishing a 2000 sq. ft. modular home and music students have given
their first public performance...these are only some of the many application-learning
projects underway here at PATHS. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year holds.
Two areas of focus for the faculty and me will be in the area of student recognition
We have great students here at PATHS, students that have made the decision to step
outside of their comfort zones and attend a second high school. Our students excel in
so many ways and we feel it is incumbent on us as a school to recognize these
achievements. This year we will be recognizing students of the quarter from each
program. Students that receive this recognition have demonstrated commitment
and perseverance to their learning, as well as support to their fellow classmates. We
will also have the “right now” recognition program where instructors are
recognizing students when they demonstrate grit and perseverance on a specific
learning task in their programs. We look forward to celebrating the many positive
achievements of our students during this school year.
The second, but equally as important focus, can be summed up in the following tag
line Every School Day Counts. In order for PATHS students to progress and learn
they need to be here. When students are absent they are missing crucial instruction
time as well the opportunity to apply their learning in a shop situation. With this in
mind we will be monitoring student attendance and will be reaching out to parents
and sending schools to find ways to support students with their attendance.
We are looking forward to an exciting and productive year, please feel free to
contact me with any questions you may have, and as always if you would like to visit
PATHS please contact us and we will schedule a tour for you.
Kevin J Stilphen
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Portland Arts and Technology High