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And while the data is scary, while the numbers, we could talk about the graduation rate, the literacy and the math, that doesn't tell the picture," according to Barrett.The Shelby County School system, of which East High is now a part, often describes itself as "data driven." School districts across the nation are looking at measurements in efforts to determine what is working in the classroom.And so when I look at things that to me are daunting or that are scary, I have to remind myself that those are people that live there, that attend that school.So who am I just to stand back and say, oh, that's scary what they have to deal with. They wake up, they go to school there and if I don't embrace that with my whole heart and see them as more than a number then I'll stay in that place of fear and I refuse to because when I see them I see children.Despite these efforts, the academic achievement for the East High student body as a whole has not made significant progress, according to ACT scores.Barrett believes that additional outside involvement will help turn the tide.
And I think us continuing to work together and maybe looking at some other areas, maybe bringing in industry which is really exciting about T-STEM, is that right now we have almost 20 different companies that are going to come along side the work that's being done there right now." It might be noted that at an open house at East High in January and at a few other occasions the number of outside entities promising support for East High STEM was touted as being 25.
Barrett was principal at the Maxine Smith STEAM Academy (STEAM is STEM with arts included), a middle school at what was once known as Fairview Junior High.
Although she will be the top administrator at East High, her executive principal role also leaves her as the top administrator at Maxine Smith.
" Wraparound services are generally thought of as comprehensive plans that address multiple life situations across home, school, and community, including living environment; basic needs; safety; and social, emotional, educational, spiritual, and cultural needs (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports, 2017).
It often includes things such as primary health, mental health, and dental care, family engagement, including adult education, preschool learning, academic enrichment, expanded after school learning time or summer programming, mentoring, and post secondary education and career options awareness (National Education Association, date unknown).