• Alert:

    Pike Family,

    Out of extreme caution for our staff and students, all MSD of Pike Township schools will start on August 11, 2020, with remote or virtual learning until Labor Day at which time a review of COVID-19 data will be used to determine whether schools can open for in-person instruction. Due to our delayed start, expect adjustments to our previously scheduled Fall and Thanksgiving Break schedules.
     
    If it becomes necessary to pause in-person learning at any time, we will move to remote learning.

    Click here to see our 2020-2021 Back To School Plan in English

    Click here to see our 2020-2021 Back To School Plan in Spanish

    Questions may be submitted via [email protected]

     

    In order to complete the 2020-21 Return to School Form, please log in to your Skyward Family Access account. Please note, you will not be able to access the form by logging in via a student account. If you need assistance with login or form completion, please contact your child’s school. The default option for families who do not make a selection by July 24th will be the in-person option.

    To change your selection prior to July 24th:

    Select “Online Form” from the Home Menu on the left

    Click “View”

    Select “Mark as not completed and make changes” at the top of the form

    Click on “Custom Form” on the right side and make desired changes

    After finished, click “Submit 20-2021 Return to School Form” button

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HS Grad Rates Flawed

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A Message from the Superintendent:

 

At our school board meeting on Thursday, January 9th, I shared my concerns about the Indiana Department of Education’s current process for determining graduation rates. Additionally, I asserted my belief that the graduation rate that was publicized for Pike High School was inaccurate. As the Superintendent of Schools, I am unwilling to allow a flawed system to impact our high school, our district, and most importantly, our community.

There are several factors outside of our control that impact our graduation rate. For example, if a student withdraws from Pike High School and moves to another country, that student will be counted as a drop out unless we receive a transcript request. Our exceptional learners are counted as drop outs after 4 years even though we provide services until they are 22 years old. I was particularly frustrated by a situation we encountered this year, when students who left Pike High School to participate in another accredited opportunity such as Job Corp were considered drop outs and counted against our 2019 graduation rate even though we could prove they received an Indiana Diploma.

The scenarios listed above result in an inaccurate and unfair representation of Pike High School’s graduation rate. It is unacceptable to take a 93% graduation rate and reduce it to 87% because of a flawed process. Yet, in my correspondence with the Indiana Department of Education officials responsible for overseeing School Accountability, it has become clear that they are more concerned with enforcing baseless bureaucratic edicts and punishing clerical errors than providing support and ensuring that the graduation rates they assign accurately reflect the success of Indiana schools and communities. It is even more troubling that the complex process being arbitrarily utilized discriminates against students who need alternative options to receive a high school diploma and will invariably be more difficult for schools with higher mobility rates.

I will continue to work to ensure this flawed practice is corrected and advocate for the restoration of our rightful graduation rate. I have contacted Senator Ford to share my concerns and plan to ask our Board to pass a resolution regarding this issue at their next meeting. Although the Indiana Department of Education may view a high school’s graduation rate as an approximation, parents, community members, and educators who work in the field know that it is an important piece of data that affects everything from the letter grades with which we are labeled to the ways in which our schools are viewed by potential residents. It is important to me that you know that I am proud of our students’ hard work and Pike High School’s success. For that reason, I will not stand by as it is artificially diminished for arbitrary reasons.

 

- Dr. Flora Reichanadter





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