Greetings Eagle Family,
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you as the incoming principal of Southwest Miami High School. I am truly excited about the appointment and eager to begin the 2017-2018 school year.
I have had the pleasure of meeting some of you and know without a doubt that we will continue to work with a sense of urgency expecting nothing less than excellence from our students. I would be remiss if I did not say “THANK YOU” to the many faculty/staff members who have welcomed me aboard.
I certainly look forward to a year filled with positive energy and positive results. The task is upon all of us to unite and assist Southwest Miami in working towards becoming an “A” school again. It is evident that the B our school earned this year was based on teamwork, dedication, and a student-centered focus. We made gains in our lowest 25% in reading and went up in Math in achievement and learning gains. Our United States History achievement also went up to 66%. Our graduation rate for our seniors was 91% this year and our acceleration rate was 67%- the highest it has been in over five years.
The academic courses and extra-curricular programs we provide to our students create lifelong learning experiences for them. Despite state-wide budget cuts, we are committed to maintaining the academic integrity of our school and its programs. We take pride in our school and its accomplishments, and must continually work for excellence and growth in all areas of our school program. It is our goal to be recognized as a school of excellence through our achievements in academics, certifications, dual enrollment, athletics, and activities.
As we begin planning for the school year, please log in to your employee portal on Monday, August 14th to review your course load. As the master schedule becomes finalized, please keep in mind that changes are ongoing as we continue to meet the needs of all our students.
Each of you is vital in achieving this goal; you are all an important piece of the puzzle. I look forward to an extremely productive and exciting school year!
With Eagle Pride,
Dr. Rios, Principal
Southwest Miami High School