|Bend-La Pine principal wins top statewide honor|
Jay Mathisen, La Pine High School Principal since 2006, has been named the Oregon High School Principal of the Year by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA) and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA). This award automatically places Mathisen in the running for the National High School Principal of the Year Award from the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and MetLife.
Under Mathisen’s leadership, La Pine High School has experienced a significant decline in the dropout rate (7.4% in 2006-2007 to 1.6% in the most recent data from 2009). La Pine High School’s student achievement results have also seen dramatic improvements as well as the number of rigorous courses that their students enroll in and complete. Mathisen contributes much of this success to “Raising the Bar” – raising and maintaining high expectations. He strongly believes that by raising expectations and connecting with students on a personal level, students will no longer drift away from La Pine High School, instead they will be supported in their continued education and learning.
La Pine High School’s student achievement improvement results since 2007-2008 include:
“The high achievement of the school is the result of focusing on
excellence,” said Ron Wilkinson, Superintendent of Bend-La Pine
Schools. “With that focus, he has organized his staff into Professional
Learning Communities of adults focused on “whatever it takes” to help
students achieve. Consequently, the ownership for the school’s success
is absolutely shared among the entire staff, student body, and
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