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In the 2016-2017 academic school year, Little River Junior Senior High School will be making plans for the implementation of an "Independent Plan of Study" system with integration of "Career Cruising."  Check out what Dr. Randy Watson, Kansas Commissioner of Education has to say about post-secondary plans for success.  :) An Individual Plan of Study (IPS) is one of the key outcomes that will be used to measure progress of the Kansas State Board of Education’s new vision — Kansas leads the world in the success of each student. The Kansas State Department of Education in January 2014 asked the State Board of Education to recommend that all districts implement Individual Plans of Study to help Kansas students obtain a suitable vision of their path toward college and/or the workforce. Last month, the State Board adopted an IPS focused on career interest as one of five outcomes that will be used to measure progress of the vision. An IPS, handled correctly, can guide a student down the right career path and ensure a successful transition to postsecondary education and the workforce. A student begins the IPS journey in middle school by taking a survey or assessment to help identify a career interest. Then a roadmap based on the student’s interests and talents is developed in conjunction with the student and parents. The IPS includes graduation requirements, approved coursework for the student’s educational and career goals and work-based learning experiences. Each IPS is developed between the student, the student’s counselor, teachers and family members. A student’s IPS follows he or she through their school years. The plan is reviewed preferably twice per year, and is revised as need. Done correctly, an IPS is a beneficial tool for students and schools. However, if a school looks at an IPS as just a checklist, it won’t be effective. With career exploration and successful completion of an IPS, students should be on their way to making insightful and purposeful decisions about their career goals. I believe this can be done. Together, Kansans Can achieve the State Board’s vision. 
Posted by audrey.johnson  On Aug 05, 2016 at 1:32 PM
Greetings USD #444 Patrons, The beginning of the school year is right around the corner, and it is hard to believe that summer is almost over. Excitement is building as we approach a new school year as I serve my second year as the building principal at Little River Junior Senior High School. I hope you are as excited as I am to begin the year in a positive manner, and I am delighted to share many "GOOD THINGS" that are happening around our campus. The Little River Junior Senior High Staff collaborated many hours to propose some changes to enhance the rigor, increase student performance, and give our staff and students the tools for maintaining a high sense of responsibility not only in school, but throughout the partnerships we strive to build within the Little River Community. In this upcoming school year, you will notice many improvements and "GOOD THINGS." We are proud to share that we have added another career pathway for students to explore as they begin thinking about their post-secondary options. The "Human Services Pathway" at Little River Junior Senior High School will complement our existing "Industrial Arts" and "Business" pathways. This will add an opportunity for students to consider working in public service. Our Broadcast Journalism class will now meet on-campus for the safety of our students in addition to adding more time for in-class projects. A new classroom has been upgraded and ready for use to house this on-campus class. A green screen technology has been added to this classroom, and these technologies will be available for teachers to utilize for class projects. Jazz Band has been added to our repertoire of Band/Choir selections. Students with an interest in pursuing band as a fine art option will be able to diversify their talents with music. In addition to Jazz Band, students will be allowed to have one-on-one band lessons. Our special education department has relocated within the building to include all special service professionals within one area of the building. Collaboration and dialogue to serve students' individualized needs will be more efficient with the locations of services for planning purposes and serving students individually or in small settings. Saturday School will now be an option for students at Little River Junior Senior High School. The purpose of Saturday School is to offer credit recovery opportunities for students not on track to graduate, offer time for homework for those students in danger of failing classes which may increase our eligibility, and will be utilized as an alternative to in-school or out-of-school suspensions. This will increase the amount of time students are involved in active instruction during regular class time. Ninth grade students will now be required to perform at least ten hours of community service as a requirement for graduation. Classes to follow will inherit this new board of education adopted requirement. It is a win-win for our community and to teach our students how they can "give back." We have added technology aides for students who apply and interview as candidates for the program. We are currently searching for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) opportunities to enhance elective choice and provide other post-secondary avenues to explore as potential career choices. Our gym has undergone many changes for improvement in the past year. Thank you to our community foundation for assisting with lighting in our parking lot, and with a brand new sound system in the gym. I believe we have finally figured out how to use this in the most efficient manner. We have also replace lighting in the gym, and the floor has just been refinished. Our coaches have been working long hours this summer by participating in conditioning. We have great plans for our fall sports that are right around the corner! Many teachers have been spending time setting up classrooms, attending professional development, assisting online learners in summer school, and rech
Posted by audrey.johnson  On Aug 05, 2016 at 1:26 PM