Here we go!
It's almost time to kick off the 2015-16 school year and I can't wait to get going! New classes, old friends, fresh starts! Be sure to check the WHS web page for important information on dates and times for "iPad Pick Up Plus" sessions, Freshmen Orientation, Schedule Changes and New Student Registration! ALSO...Look for an information packed letter and your school picture order in a letter coming in the mail this week!
A few changes to be aware of: Student drivers, you will be choosing a numbered parking spot (NO WORRIES, SENIORS, we will be sure you have preferred spots).
DRIVERS, BE SURE TO BE AT IPAD PICK UP TO CHOOSE YOUR DESIGNATED SPOT !
Lady Panthers: Please take note for back to school shopping: NO yoga pants or leggings at all and, taking your suggestions, a new measure for shorts "mid thigh" , which should even out the requirement for those with longer arms than others! :)
No worries WHS, We got this!
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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.
Each WHS 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 the first nine week grades are finalized, 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.
How will I do my classes if my iPad is swiped?
Your educational apps needed for class(es) will be left on your iPad.
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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