Bobcat Sue Brown builds assets and reduces risks at Hamilton High

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Hamilton High School in Anza has a new Bobcat named Sue Brown. Although she has been around the district since 1988, she is new to our site. We feel privileged to have her at our school, leading the BARR team. We asked Mrs. Brown to explain the importance of BARR, which stands for “Building Assets and Reducing Risks,” and what it does to help the success of the students at Hamilton High School. “BARR is a ninth grade promotion program,” Brown said. “It started over 20 years ago in Minnesota. It was developed by a ninth grade counselor who realized that almost all of the freshmen were failing one or more of their classes. So we focus on building relationships and focus on real data like pulling grades every week to see how students are doing.” The BARR program has been
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