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Jerry Smith, Jr., LHS Principal
Jerry Smith, Jr. 
Principal

Welcome to the Lion’s Den where it is always a good day to be a Luella Lion.

With the 2016 – 2017 school year well underway, it is important to remember that we continue daily to work toward our mission statement: Luella High School will graduate each student college, career and life ready.
 
While working within our vision: Working together as a complete school community, Luella High School will provide each student and staff member with the highest quality opportunities to grow, explore and own her/his growth and success. 

And working daily to have a school and school community that practices our 10 Core Beliefs:

  • We believe that our work is about producing a well-educated, productive community member who will embrace lifelong learning, both traditionally as well as non-traditionally.
  • We believe in a safe, orderly, caring environment for all staff and students that builds on individual strengths through personalization.
  • We believe that learning and becoming college/career ready is the key to a successful future in all areas of life.
  • We believe in the Lion character embodied by personal integrity, honor, courage, personal responsibility, service to the community, determination, self-awareness and commitment.
  • We believe in each person accepting responsibility for their own actions.
  • We believe each person should be continuously committed to the betterment of their community.
  • We believe in the freedom of each individual to voice their perspectives in an appropriate, responsible manner.
  • We believe in the value of diverse opinions, backgrounds, and experiences.
  • We believe in the importance of self-confidence and one's ability to succeed through personal discipline, determination, and hard work.
  • We believe in the importance of an effective system for consistent communication between and among staff, students, and administration.
The only certain indicator that provides us a measure of our success is our school’s graduation rate. The following chart shows Luella High School’s graduation rate for the classes of 2015 and 2016. Disaggregation of these data show that graduation rates in all but 1 sub-group increased as well. While great news, these show that work toward our 100% intended graduation rate must continue. But, we pause briefly to celebrate and say: Go Loins!
 
 LHS Graduation Rate    2016 2015   Change

4 year graduation rate

86.5%

80.9%

+5.6%

 Am Indian/Alaskan

100%

n/a

n/a

 Asian/Pacific Islander

100%

77.8%

n/a

 Black

88.1%

82.3%

+5.8%

 Hispanic

81.8%

85.1%

-3.3%

 Multi-Racial

87.5%

86.7%

+0.8%

 White

83.6%

77.4%

+6.2%

Economically Disadvantaged

83.9%

82.5%

+1.4%

English Language Learners

n/a

40%

n/a

Students with Disabilities

67.5%

60.8%

+6.7%

5 year graduation rate

85.9%

75.4%

+10.5%

 
These indicate that we are making progress toward our mission, yet they also underscore that we still have work to do, and that is the work daily in The Lion’s Den.

Further data reveal that over the last 3 years, both the composite average scores on the SAT and ACT have increased.

SAT and ACT

Change 15 to 16

2016

2015

2014

SAT. combined Verbal/Math

+33

1363

1330

1309

ACT, composite

+0.4

19.5

19.1

18.9

 
Our average scores on 6 out of 8 Georgia Milestones End-Of-Course tests increased from Spring, 2015 to Spring, 2016.
 GA Milestones End-Of-Course Tests Spring, 2016 Spring, 2015
 Change 

9th Grade Literature

60.5%

58.4%

+ 2.1%

American Literature

61%

55.7%

+5.3%

Coordinate Algebra

50%

45.7%

+4.3%

Analytic Geometry

50.6%

44%

+6.6%

Physical Science

30.3%

35.8%

-5.5%

Biology

45.8%

58.9%

-13.1%

United States History

59.3%

47%

+12.3%

Economics

43.8%

29.5%

+14.3%

 
These conventional metrics by which high schools are measured provide documentation of our positive progress. Additional data sources show similar trends with some exceptions: most significant of those being a decrease from 41% in 2015 to 38% in 2016 of students scoring a 3, 4 or 5 (considered passing scores) on Advanced Placement exams.  

Our journey continues… we continue in the second year of our Personalized Learning initiative and endeavor in all of our work to offer each student the best possible education. Our foci for this school year continue to be:

  • Raising the level of rigor for each of our students, appropriate for each student's current skill set and knowledge base
  • Continuing to develop strong, healthy relationships across The Lion’s Den among teachers and students and staff members among staff members.

The script that is the history of Luella High School continues to grow with successes, failures, jubilation, distress, and all those other myriad of emotions that make a high school a wonderful, albeit challenging, house of education.

Indeed, it continues to be a good time to be a Luella Lion!

Go Lions!

Jerry Smith

And, remember to follow us: @LHS_HCS

Use this link to e-mail me: jerry.smith@henry.k12.ga.us

Last Modified on November 6, 2016
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