Principal's Update 2021-2022
A Message from Principal Ed Weiss 2021-2022
Welcome to Mount Tabor High School. It’s hard to believe that the summer of 2021 is here and gone. It seems like the 2020-21 school year with all things remote, in-person, and cohorts was just this past month. It is my honor to serve as the Principal of the Spartans, and I look forward to a great 2021-22 school year!
As we look forward to the 2021-22 school year, I would like to reflect on the highlights from a wonderful 2020-21 school year. We were once again fortunate to be ranked in the top one percent of high schools across the country by Newsweek magazine. Our students, staff, and school community have worked hard to gain these recognitions, and I am so proud to see their efforts rewarded. I also want to recognize our Teacher of the Year, Gerianne Bartlett, who was honored this past year as a Semi-Finalist for District Teacher of the Year.
Our four-year cohort graduation rate for the Class of 2021 was right at ninety percent. The graduating Class of 2021 was awarded seventeen million dollars in scholarships/awards, which continues to be one of the highest amounts for any school in WSFCS. The academic programs, students, and teachers at Mount Tabor High School continue to be a source of pride for our school community. The Class of 2021 graduated 376 students and garnered the following successes:
-Students will be attending ALL sixteen of North Carolina’s Public Universities
-Students will be attending twelve different North Carolina Private Schools
-Twelve seniors enlisted in our military
-Thirty-six seniors will be attending colleges and universities in other states and countries
-Twenty seniors were accepted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
-Thirty students are attending NC State, forty-four are attending Appalachian State University, forty-two are attending UNC-Charlotte, twenty are attending NC Central, eighteen are attending UNCW, fifteen are attending NC A & T State University, thirteen are attending Winston-Salem State University, and other students are attending Wake forest university, Wofford, Notre Dame, the United States Military Academy at West Point, Brown, Howard university, Hampton, Berkeley School of Art, and Furman just to name a few.
-Ninety seniors earned the President’s Award for Educational Excellence for earning a 3.5 unweighted cumulative grade point average
-Thirty-six students were honor graduates (the top ten percent) who will graduate with a 4.33 or higher QPA
-Twenty-one seniors made athletic commitments to compete at the next level
-105 seniors (nearly thirty percent of the class) received an academic scholarship
-Eighty-five percent of the class is going to a two or four year college or university
While our academic program is our backbone, we also celebrate the opportunities offered our students beyond the classroom. Our performing arts programs are always well-represented in district, regional, and state competitions. The Bands of Mount Tabor (whether it be marching, concert, or symphonic) set the standard for performances both during games and in competitions. Our theatre arts program continues to compete at the highest levels, serving as host to the regional North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC) each fall, as well as performances such as our fall “One Act” plays, and winter and spring performances. Choral programs (including women’s ensemble, concert choir, acapella, and the Spartanettes) show off the collaborative talents of so many of our arts students. The visual arts program is second to none and offers membership into the National Art Honors Society. The orchestra program includes a full symphony, and our dance team performs at all football and basketball games.
Our JROTC program had an outstanding year in which it saw its academic, drill, JLAB, and rifle teams work hard to qualify for Nationals throughout the year. They are such a great example for our school of hard work, dedication, and service to Tabor City.
Our athletic program continues to be a standard for schools in our area. The Wells Fargo Cup continued to make a home at Mount Tabor for the 2020-2021 school year, solidifying our place as the top athletic program in the Piedmont Triad 3A Conference. Our teams earn conference championships regularly and represent us well in the playoffs, including our varsity football team winning the 2021 State Championship, our varsity men’s basketball team making the Final 8, and the men’s cross-country team finishing in the top five in the state. Mount Tabor is fortunate to be home to some of the best coaches and student/athletes in Winston-Salem, the state of North Carolina, and the Southeast.
The parent support is alive and kicking as well at Mount Tabor. We are blessed to operate our PTSA with the work of an academic, performing arts, and athletics boards. Each board has simply been fantastic to work with this year in their support of the Spartans! The academic board and executive boards focused their energy on continuing to improve communication with the fall addition of another video board to the gym/bus lot side of our campus. Our PTSA Spartan Legacy efforts in 2021-22 will focus on the final phase of communication signage at our roadside front entrance, music and arts instrument/musical replenishment, outdoor learning spaces, and chromebook inventory to support our district’s 1:1 plans for 2021-22 and beyond. Our parent effort is contagious and a true source of pride within our school and is all led by an executive board that oversees the three collective parent boards. "You Just Can't Hide That Spartan Pride!!" We are very fortunate and feel the partnership with our parents is clearly something that sets us apart. I am excited to work with PTSA Executive Board Co-Presidents Janet Fangmann and Jordan Calaway and all of our PTSA Boards this coming year.
With that said, we continue to face many challenges each year, and 2021-22 will be no exception. The economy continues to take its toll on public education. Your continued support of our Spartans is needed and appreciated! Our staff is committed to facing these challenges with the same positive attitude and problem-solving spirit we have demonstrated in the past.
I encourage you to join us as we focus on “Excellence in Every Endeavor” during the 2021-2022 school year and beyond.