Award Year: 2015

Masuk High School

1014 Monroe Turnpike
Monroe, CT, 06468-1931

(203) 452-5823

Mr. Joseph Kobza, Principal at time of Nomination

Monroe Public Schools

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Masuk High School's mission is to empower all students to be inquiring learners, creative problem solvers and responsible citizens of the global community.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 84%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
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The success that Masuk High School enjoys is directly related to its human resources. Masuk benefits from a highly dedicated and collaborative staff, involved families, and a respectful and motivated student body. The teachers and support staff work closely to align curriculum and promote instructional practices that foster success. At the heart of instructional practice is a commitment to student-centered learning that both enables and empowers our students to take ownership in the learning process.

During the 2013-14 school year, the Monroe Public Schools created Instructional Leader positions in each academic area. The Instructional Leaders, who are responsible for curriculum and instruction in grades 6-12, have had a tremendous impact on our learning environment. They have aligned curriculum and fostered a sense of collegiality among the faculty, creating a trusting environment where teachers collaborate regularly to implement best practice strategies. This shift in leadership combined with a dedicated and receptive staff has resulted in a working environment characterized by mutual trust and an enduring focus on teaching and learning.

In addition to the curricular and instructional emphasis, Masuk High School has made a concerted effort to improve communication between school and home. For the last three years, the staff has embraced a communication goal. Teachers have used a variety of tools, including teacher websites, email, social media, Google Apps for Education, and the traditional phone call to offer parents and guardians many ways to be involved in their child’s education. School and district surveys have reported overwhelming parental approval for this initiative.