Welcome to the Adelanto High School of Dreams (AHS). Today, we begin a journey of a lifetime – we are designing the most technically advanced and socially responsible public high school in California. Our families and staff are the foundation for the future and success of AHS –and I am a teacher and TEAM Adelanto Leader.
Fortunately, various initiatives launched over the past few years have created a series of building blocks that could provide the means for transforming the ways in which we provide education and support learning. Much of this activity has been enabled and inspired by the growth and evolution of the Internet, which has created a global “platform” that has vastly expanded access to all sorts of resources, including formal and informal educational materials. The Internet has also fostered a new culture of sharing, one in which content is freely contributed and distributed with few restrictions or costs. Although many of our passions may be toward using technology for learning, in this moment, at this school, WE are about building relationships. We have shared information with little contact, we have communicated opinions without discussion, and we have expressed emotion without learning WHO we are and how we relate to one another. This letter welcomes you to our Family of Learners. As we begin this journey, together, let’s first remember that public high school learning communities have developed a well-established path by which newcomers can “learn the ropes” and become trusted members of the community through a process of collaborative peripheral participation. TEAM and FAMILY members typically begin participating in a learning community by working on relatively simple, noncritical development projects such as building or improving school committees, programs, sports, celebrations, etc. As TEAM Adelanto and FAMILY members demonstrate their ability to make useful contributions and to work in the distinctive style and sensibilities/taste of our community, they are invited to take on more central school projects. AHS FAMILIES who become volunteers and participants may be asked to join the inner circle of people working on the most critical components of our system. Today, there are hundreds of people engaged in developing and refining professional learning communities, and nearly all are improving their skills by participating in and contributing to these networked communities of practice. At Adelanto HS, WE are ONE –united, resourceful and ENGAGED! We are CHAMPIONS and I want to welcome all of you to an exciting new school, new year and a new way of engaging in a learning organization. We expect school staff to be effective, compassionate and accountable to the children and families of Adelanto and Victorville. However, today, our work is on learning, laughing and leaning on each other to build trust and lasting relationships.
We are here to learn from each other where RIGOR is not a four letter word – WELCOME, Go SAINTS!
Jy CradduckJerry W. Cradduck, Teacher and TEAM LeaderAdelanto High School of Dreams . .