ABOUT US


Mission Statement

We are committed to the development of our students as adaptive learners, global thinkers, and responsible citizens through collaboration across our school community.


Motto

Enter to learn — Depart to serve


Our Compact

The Compact outlines teachers’, parents’, and students’ responsibilities for success as well as provides guidelines for maintaining open communication with teachers and becoming involved with Pontiac Township High School.  We are committed to helping every student attain his or her highest level of success.  The highest level of success can only be achieved through a collaborative effort across our community.

High-Quality Curriculum

All teachers employed with Pontiac Township High School are classified as “highly qualified”; furthermore, we engage in professional development throughout the school year to help us create effective and supportive learning environments.  The District Leadership Team (made up of administrators and teachers) in conjunction with the Staff Development Committee (made up of teachers and support staff) offers the staff professional development based upon our students’ needs (student data and our school improvement plan).

Learning at Home

You can help support your child’s learning by reinforcing our school’s Educational Philosophy, Goals, Keys to Classroom Success, and Code of Ethics as found in the Student Handbook.  Please monitor your child’s progress  by accessing his or her online gradebook and/or reviewing all progress reports and report cards.  Encourage your student to take advantage of opportunities to help him or her succeed:  use the available technology, record assignments and due dates in the planner, seek-out help when needed.

Communication

Another way in which you can support your child’s learning is through regular communication with his or her teachers.  Teachers welcome the opportunity to discuss your child’s grade or behavior and are often available to talk with students and parents on Wednesdays from 2:50pm-3:30pm unless they have extra-curricular responsibilities at that time.  We are committed to timely response to parent needs utilizing electronic communication when personal contacts are not possible. Our email addresses are listed on the school webpage and voicemail can be left by calling the school at 815-844-6113.

PTHS holds two open houses every year—usually in October and March—where teachers are available to meet briefly about your child’s academic progress.  If you would prefer a more in-depth meeting, you are welcome to schedule a conference at another time.

School Community

We encourage all parents to become actively involved in their child’s education.  Attend all conferences—whether they are individual or open houses.  Join a committee—we have several from which to choose:  Handbook Committee, Curriculum Advisement Committee, Family And Community Engagement Committee, Sports Boosters, Music Boosters, etc.  Please call us if you are interested in joining a committee or if you would like to volunteer.  Additionally, we invite you to participate in our community walk-throughs which give you the opportunity to see how we utilize technology and are working toward our school improvement goals.

We are committed to the development of our students as adaptive learners, global thinkers, and responsible citizens through collaboration across our school community.

Our Pledge

Our Pledge demonstrates the important roles we each play to promote student learning. We are committed to these expectations, and we will communicate with one another when we believe expectations are not being met. A student’s greatest potential can only be achieved through meeting the expectations established throughout the Compact.

Teacher’s Pledge:  I will…
· uphold our school’s mission, philosophy, and goals.
· regularly communicate with my students and their parents/guardians.
· create a safe and welcoming environment for my students and their parents/guardians.
· monitor my students’ progress and adjust my instruction to give all students the opportunity to succeed.
· continually work to improve my own expertise (as an educator and as an expert in my field) to help all students be successful.
· place a priority on creating a rigorous and relevant curriculum.
· promote literacy through real world and global connections.
· integrate 21st Century skills to develop college and career readiness.

Parent’s/Guardian’s Pledge:  I will…
· place a priority on education in my home.
· support our school’s mission, philosophy, and goals at home.
· monitor my student’s progress in his or her classes.
· regularly communicate with my student’s teachers.
· provide a quiet place for my student to study at home.
· attend open houses and conferences.
· promote regular attendance to school.

Student’s Pledge:  I will…
· be responsible for my own learning, attitude, and behavior.
· strive to achieve our school’s mission, philosophy, and goals.
· monitor progress in my classes and communicate regularly with my teachers.
· advocate for a safe school environment.
· utilize the keys to classroom success as found in our handbook.
· be respectful, prepared, and involved.
· be on time and attend school regularly.


Our Philosophy

The public school system is based on the functions under the mandate of the State Constitution which places upon the State Superintendent of Education and the Board of Education the responsibility of providing a good public school education.

Within the limits placed upon the Board of Education, the administration, and the staff by the resources of the district, Pontiac Township High School seeks to provide the best possible educational opportunity for each individual who wishes to avail himself of the opportunity.

The ultimate aim is to see each individual move toward his potential intellectual, physical, social, and cultural capabilities to help him develop morally and ethically and to prepare him for his responsibilities as a citizen of our democratic society. It is also a goal for the school district to provide a curriculum which offers students a variety alternatives when preparing for the future.

In attempting to meet these goals, it is realized that differences exist in individual capacities and interests–physical, intellectual, emotional, and socio-economic–which must be considered. To reflect the nature of the community, programs that address the needs of those students who plan to continue their education and those who plan to enter the working community should be provided.

Finally, while education is recognized as a right in our society, it must also be looked upon as a privilege and must be ultimately acquired by the striving of the individual, utilizing the staff and facilities provided by this community. In accordance with each individual’s efforts is the integral education and social interaction between the school and community populations.