Stephen Revard said his school’s support staff and administrators helped him keep Cass High School on the right track during his first year as a principal.
“As a result, I’ve been able to progress through the year without any surprises,” Revard said.
“The students, teachers, staff, and community have really made my transition enjoyable, and I look forward to many years to come at Cass High,” he said.
He also said he did not know of anything he would change about his first year leading the 1,600-student school in White in central Bartow.
“Nothing particular comes to mind regarding a ‘change’ I would make if given the opportunity to start over,” he said. “However, each day is an opportunity to improve, collaborate and continue to learn how I can best support our students and staff.”
Revard, a Dallas resident, was hired in May 2018 as principal of Cass High School after a decade as a teacher, coach and assistant principal at North Cobb High School in Kennesaw.
He said high points of his first year as Cass principal included the school reaching a number of “milestones” in its academic development.
“Each milestone has been a direct result of the Colonel family coming together and working towards a common goal,” Revard said, in reference to the school’s mascot.
The school was the first Bartow high school in January to add a cybersecurity course to its career pathways, according to information from the school system.
The students were to take the course online and have the chance to earn three certifications in the field of cybersecurity by the time they graduate, school system officials said.
Cass was to simultaneously train and certify an instructor and the first class virtually through a partnership with CyberTec Academy, a Nevada-based certification training company.
The Bartow school system planned to certify more instructors and implement a non-virtual model of the program at each county high school by the end of the 2018-19 school year, according to the press release.
Cass also made strides in its program of Advanced Placement classes, which are college-level courses offered to high school students nationwide.
Revard, who taught AP classes while a teacher at North Cobb, said Cass increased the number of students taking AP exams in 2018-2019. The College Board administers exams for AP classes as well as the SAT college entrance exam.
Cass also introduced a new Advanced Placement (AP) pathway for students beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.
The school will offer a total of 15 AP courses after adding AP Human Geography, AP Computer Science Principles, and AP Spanish next school year, a news release stated.
The pathway will allow students the chance to select college-level course options in the Advanced Placement program designed to prepare them for a competitive college or university setting, Revard said in a February news release.
The new Pathway “will develop a cohort of learners who support and encourage each other throughout their high school careers,” Revard said.
The Georgia Department of Education in February named Cass as being among 200 Georgia public high schools designated as AP STEM Schools, based on results from AP course offerings and exams during the 2017-2018 school year.
The designation required students to test in at least two AP math courses and two AP Science courses.
Revard said another high point of the year was the state Department of Education approving Cass’s request to offer graduating seniors the International Skills Diploma Seal.
Graduates who complete a series of international education courses and participate in extracurricular activities and experiences “that foster the achievement of global competencies” are eligible for the Seal.
The Georgia Department of Education website stated the Seal “is a signal to employers and higher education institutions that a student is prepared to participate in the global economy.”
Revard earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Central Michigan University; a master’s degree in education from Grand Canyon University; and a specialist degree in educational leadership from Berry College near Rome.
He spent six years as a teacher and coach at North Cobb before serving as assistant principal for four years.
Revard replaced longtime Cass principal Mike Nelson, who led the school for 12 years before being promoted to Bartow school system coordinator of administrative services and athletic director.