Goal-Setting:  The New Norm at ECS

    Dear ECS Student:

    One of Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens is “having the end in mind”, which includes knowing what type of person you wish to be, knowing what you want to be involved in down the road, and having a clear picture of where you believe your life is going.

    At ECS, I believe this needs to become something we talk and think about more often.  As we begin this new school year, I calculated the past performance of ECS students in core classes over the last 5-7 years to show us how students tend to do from one course to the next.  It gives you, the faculty and me a chance to see how everyone is doing from year to year, and whether or not we are growing as learners.

    I have set preliminary performance targets for you based on your individual past performance last year in your core courses.  These goals are rigorous, but what kind of school would you be in if we didn’t expect the absolute best that you can give us?  In short, your goals are derived from historical performance in ECS classes, more specifically designed to show you where you should be scoring to place in the top 25% of students who scored similarly to you in your courses last year.  I would be happy to explain this further to anyone who wishes to learn more about my philosophy, but I believe striving for these targets is necessary for you to be growing as a learner, not just doing the same level of work from year to year.

    My best wishes to you for a successful year!


    Mr. Ploetz

    Middle / High School Principal
    Phone: (716) 699-2316 ext. 1401
    Fax: (716) 699-5423