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Michael Thorpe is the principal at Milton High School, a school with over 1,900 students in the Santa Rosa County School District (FL). Principal Thorpe recently presented the work he and his colleagues are doing to reach at-risk graduates to a professional learning community (PLC) of district Multi-Tiered Support System representatives from across north Florida. The Issue?

Thorpe1Thorpe says, “DON’T ACCEPT THIS!!!!!!!” Instead, start with the “D” – data.

Thorpe2Then, says Thorpe, move to the “A” – Assign a team member to an individual student.

Thorpe3Thorpe3a“Time for the ‘B'” puts the focus on before the student’s senior year; start the focus on freshman. Milton High School’s “Focused on the Freshman” theme is Panther Parents Plugged-in:

Thorpe4The key is engagement across grade-levels and before the senior year. The process ends with “C” – celebrate:



Special thanks to Principal Michael Thorpe for sharing his team’s experience reaching at-risk graduates at Milton High School. Mr. Thorpe has been the principal at Milton High School in the Santa Rosa County School District (FL) since 2007. The school has a student body of over 1,900 students in grades 9 through 12. Check out the great things happening at MHS on their website at https://www.santarosa.k12.fl.us/mhs/default.htm. Milton High School is located within the Santa Rosa County School District, Florida.

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