Quitman High School
Gene Bright, Principal
210 S. Jackson Ave. - Quitman, MS 39355
Ph.: 601-776-3341 Fax: 601-776-6136
Minnie Dace, Asst. Principal
Message from Principal Gene Bright
‘In our schools, High Expectations involve believing that others can be successful, telling them so, and praising their accomplishment’. Eight Habits of the Heart for Educators by Clifton L. Talbot.
There is so much negativity in the world today. It seems to have become a national pastime to complain about ‘kids today’. I am happy to report that this is not the case at Quitman High School. Our staff is dedicated to the ideal that ‘high expectations lead to high student achievement’. And the reality of this belief has been demonstrated throughout the past school year.
As most of you already know, Quitman High School achieved a HIGH PERFORMING rating this past year from the Mississippi Department of Education. This rating was based on our students’ performance on subject area tests and places QHS on a level that was achieved by only 17% of Mississippi schools. I want to thank our teachers and students for their hard work that led to this stellar performance. High expectations do, in fact, lead to high student achievement.
Quitman High School will continue to emphasize high academic standards for the 2010-2011 school year. We will continue to offer advanced placement courses in Calculus, US History, and English IV. These classes are designed to challenge students with college-level work and the opportunity to earn college credit as they complete their high school graduation requirements.
Quitman High School is an active participant in the Mississippi Scholars program. Mississippi Scholars is a rigorous academic course of study that prepares students for successful transition to college/university coursework or vocational/technical training. I am proud to report that fourteen of our 2010 seniors met the challenge and graduated with the distinction of Mississippi Scholar.
Quitman High School is committed to meeting the diverse needs of our students. Last year we moved our GED program to an on-campus location. Students worked hard to prepare for the GED exam and we were proud to grant GED diplomas to four of our students. This is a major accomplishment for these students and gives them a sound foundation to enter the work force or vocational/technical training schools. It is our intention to continue to enhance this valuable program that provides an additional option to students who, for various reasons, are unable to complete a traditional high school curriculum.
Credit Recovery is a new program at Quitman High School developed under guidelines set by the Mississippi Department of Education. The purpose of credit recovery is to allow students the opportunity to ‘regain’ credit for a failed class, without having to re-take the entire class. During this past school year, twenty-six students met after school for a three week period and recovered credit in Mississippi Studies. This summer approximately forty students met daily during the month of June. These students worked hard and are poised to recover lost credit in subjects ranging from Algebra I, Trigonometry, English and Social Studies.
QHS not only has high expectations for academic achievement, but also provides opportunities for students to develop their artistic and athletic skills as well. In addition to the typical athletic offerings (football, basketball, softball, baseball, track, tennis and soccer), QHS offers choral music, band, show choir and dance. Yes, you read it correctly! This year QHS is offering dance as a credit earning elective. We have re-configured one of our larger classrooms, installed a wall of mirrors, and will introduce the course this fall.
We have completed a successful year at QHS. In addition, we are ready to begin another successful year. The success we have enjoyed in the past, and the success that is yet to be realized, comes not by accident, but by design. It is the result of a dedicated staff that has high expectations for every student, a community that supports the schools, parents that are concerned and involved in their child’s education and students who accept the challenges that are set before them and enjoy the benefits of their achievements.
I invite you to visit Quitman High School. If you have any questions, please contact me at (601) 776-3341.