This year started with more than 40 new faces coming to our school. This marks the single largest jump in enrollment over the past ten years. We are also traveling to new places to pick up our students to bring them to school (hello Yucca Valley), and this means that our transportation department will be growing. These are truly exciting times for all of us at Noli. Now let me explain everything we are trying to get accomplished this year.
We are now an AVID school with AVID courses beginning in our middle school, and will be expanding through our high school over the next three years. This in in work with our current Warrior Leaner college program that has already been in place. The higher we set the bar, the more we get out of our students. Last year, we had 5 students head off to college, out of a graduating class of 17. Not bad at all. We even had our first out of state college acceptance. We the success that we have had, we are now using AVID to help inspire our middle school students to get onto a college track early on, no matter the roadblocks that are in front of them. We adapt, and overcome.
This year we are pushing STEM classes more than ever. The simplest definition is what it stands for, which is science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. There are many organizations that are dedicated to this topic and they define this with their own objectives. The ultimate goal of STEM education is to encourage students to take an interest in STEM subjects at an early age. This should be beneficial to them when they enter the jobs market, and in turn it should benefit the greater economy. It is a simple definition with a straight forward goal. Don’t be surprised this year if your students are building computers, laser cutting, wood working, welding, and using C.A.D. design to complete projects. It’s all part of the plan to inspire, and motivate our students into different directions with their education, we want our students to find something they like, and hopefully turn that interest into a paying job after they leave Noli. To this end, we are working with Vocademy in Riverside, to give our students hands on experience and a place to create their projects. We are constantly trying to expand on the limits of what a small school can offer its students.
I would like to thank all of our parents who send students to our school. It is an honor to work with all of our students. On behalf of my amazing staff I thank you. We are here for you and because of you.
Principal, Noli Indian school