Freshmen work to raise failing grades

Kevin Lowery

Kevin Lowery

By: 
KELLY MORGAN ◆ KELLY@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

One month ago, more than half of the freshmen at Lebanon High School were failing at least one class, but statistics released Friday show the ratio of failing students has decreased to about one third.

On March 2, LHS Principal Kevin Lowery held a meeting with the school’s freshman class to discuss what he termed “a variety of issues, including, but not limited to, student grades, apathy and work ethic.”

At that time, 207 of the school’s 373 ninth graders were earning a score of below 60 percent in at least one subject Lebanon High School or the Lebanon Technology and Career Center.

“Students need to understand that learning is our top priority at Lebanon High School,” Lowery wrote in an e-mail on April 3. “We take our charge very seriously to ensure that all students graduation four years college and career ready. However, we can’t do it alone. Students must value learning, must have a strong work ethic and must be committed to putting forth their best effort every day. The expectations at LHS are very high. We have a responsibility to help our students achieve, and students must share in that responsibility.”

The Lebanon Daily Record initially contacted the school about freshman grades just before spring break. Lowery responded one week after spring break ended and three days after grades were updated.

“I’m not for sure newsworthiness of this information,” Lowery wrote in his first e-mail to the LDR. “I believe that many of our freshman students are working to resolve their academic issues. I certainly don’t want the lack of work ethic for some to reflect on the entire grade level.”

By then, only 157 freshmen, or 42 percent of the class, were failing at least one course. On Friday, Lowery revealed in an e-mail that grades had improved further, and the most current numbers show that 125 freshmen, or 33.5 percent of the class, are failing at least one course.

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