Welcome to School Year 2017-2018!
Mr. Maxey and I are excited about this new school year as we Educate, Engage and Empower our students to succeed in a dynamic world. This year, Nile C. Kinnick High School is introducing its guiding principles: develop Fortitude, instill Integrity, cultivate Responsibility and kindle an Enterprising spirit. We’re going to be on F.I.R.E.!
Nile C. Kinnick High School originally opened in Yokohama in 1946 during the occupation after World War II. The school later moved to Yokosuka Navy Base in 1971 into a renovated Marine Barracks, but kept the Yo-Hi Red Devils mascot to remember their beginnings. The current school was officially named after Nile C. Kinnick in 1990, an outstanding scholar and athlete; he was the winner of the Heisman Trophy and a graduate of the University of Iowa pursuing a law degree. Nile C. Kinnick was killed during a training mission off the USS Lexington in the Caribbean during WWII. Our hope is that our student body emulates his commitment to service, academics and personal growth.
There are a few changes this school year. First, our school lunch program will be served in the student forum. The campus does remain open for lunch, but the lunch program offers delicious, economical options as well. The Teen Center will also be open during the lunch hour for students. We’ve added three new teachers this year, so our JNROTC program has moved into the student forum as well to make way for the three additional classrooms. This is going to be an exciting year as adding teachers also means adding courses. For example, we are privileged to pilot the new Cyber-Security pathway at Kinnick beginning this Fall. If you have any questions about your college or career pathway, please make an appointment with your counselor. They are available beginning August 7th for new PCSing-In students and August 28th for all students.
In the meantime, you can review the standards at: http://www.dodea.edu/collegeCareerReady/ccr-standards.cfm and learn more about DoDEA's College and Career Readiness initiative here. To support our teachers with the implementation of these new standards, our school will release every Wednesday at 1320. This weekly, one hour release provides time for teachers to review student work and determine instructional adjustments needed to assist with student success without scheduling half-days of instruction throughout the year. Overall, it is our vision that Kinnick High School provides a collaborative, 21st century learning experience. KHS remains focused on each student's individual success. Our school improvement goal is to continue to refine our Student Success System which provides an adult advocate through our Kinnick Advisory Program (KAP), academic support through our Kinnick Intervention Program (KIP), and a variety opportunities that prepare students for the next level and beyond. We provide a high quality education that integrates technology in meaningful ways so students discover and refine a variety of skills that will serve them well in their future.
I'm very excited about having your young men and women join our community. We look forward to working with you to make this a successful, productive, and rewarding school year for all the students.
Jackie Ferguson, Ed.D.
Principal, Kinnick High School