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Principal
Let me introduce myself as Mrs. Sue VanRiper, WHS Principal. It doesn’t seem possible that I began my career with Western Schools twenty four years ago, teaching English and directing theatre for the first fifteen years. I then served as one of the WHS counselors for two years and Assistant Principal for seven years. I’m passionate about being a Panther and pledge myself as a resource and support person for WHS students and staff, as well as WHS parents and community members. We are so proud of Western’s tradition of excellence and we work hard every day to perpetuate that tradition.   Please contact me if I may be of assistance.  
Go Panthers!

 

Announcements
Be an ACADEMIC digital citizen! IMPORTANT!
The goal of all WHS teachers is to impact student achievement.
Therefore, we are paying close attention to those students who are struggling to maintain a passing grades.
In addition to insisting that students struggling academically participate in a weekly academic boost session, we are going to begin to take an additional step and limit your personal, recreational iPad apps and access to the app store.
Please be reminded that when students picked up their iPads at the beginning of the year,  Mr. MacGuinness informed all students that it was very important to be able to manage online time.
Each student must become a responsible digital citizen who is able to enjoy personal apps BUT  maintain passing grades.
 This will be especially beneficial as you go on to technical training or college classes that are expensive!
We will be eliminating a privilege that has become a source of academic distraction for some students.
Use this current nine weeks to eliminate all failing grades! 
When this current nine weeks (the second nine weeks of our year) ends January 24, all students with a failing grade will lose their personal apps and access to the app store for a minimum of nine weeks.
 
 
FAQs and answers:
 
Will my personal apps be restored as soon as my failing grade(s) come up?
NO…your personal apps will be restored only at the nine weeks – not immediately when you improve them if that is before the nine weeks is up. MINIMUM  nine week swipe.
 
Will my personal stuff be restored or lost forever? 
If you back up your personal stuff to the cloud, it will be restored when your failing grades are raised and your personal apps are restored at the new nine weeks.
 
Will the decision to swipe depend on my semester grade or nine week grade?
Nine week grade NOT semester grade.
Second nine week grade January 24, then third nine week March 27 .
 
How will I do my classes if my iPad is swiped?
Your educational apps needed for class(es) will be left on your iPad.
Aiming for student success!
A WHS building goal is to impact student success; we are dedicated to intervening with struggling students!

Please know that if any staff member notices a struggling student, be it struggles with academics or behavior, that staff member may refer the student to our WSST (Western Student Success Team) which meets monthly. Team members include: the WSD psychologist and social worker, the WHS principal and/or assistant principal, both of our WHS counselors, and sometimes teachers. A counselor will notify parents if their student has been referred and keep them informed of the process. We want to make sure that EVERY student has the opportunity to be successful at WHS.
WHS also offers a weekly intervention during the school day. Our Power Boost program is in it's second year. While any student may choose a homework help or Power Boost session during this time every Wednesday, it is mandatory for struggling students who are failing a class to attend a work session with that subject area teacher.
WHS also offers online tutorials with our E2020 program and after school math tutoring sessions.

If you have any questions about what WHS has to offer for struggling students, please call :Sue VanRiper, WHS Principal @ 841-8270, Steven Kennedy, WHS Assistant Principal @ 841-8271, or either of our counselors: Becky Callender @ 841-8283 or Josh Smith @ 841-8276

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