From the Principal's Desk
From the Principal's Desk -
Hard to believe that July 4th has past and the County Fair is here. Lots of things happen in the summer that parents aren't even aware about. WHS does not shut down, in fact we remain a busy place virtually all summer.
During the month of June, teachers are in and out to attend training sessions. Summer school starts, which consists of 4 math classes and three OGT classes. We also offer a summer PE course in June. In addition to all those students coming on a daily bases, we have had multiple sessions of drivers ed. classes. In June you can find various athletic teams working out and holding camps and open gyms. In the office, we are organizing, ordering and receiving supplies. I am busy hiring new staff creating a master schedule and working on building issues, form maintenance decisions and academic improvement to switching locker combinations. Our custodial crew is busy cleaning and waxing floors as we approach the next school year. Our guidance department has been working preparing schedules making calls and helping develop the master schedule. We have no shortage of activity during the summer at WHS.
Please review our Face book, Twitter and WHS web page for key information. You will want to look at our WHS web page for dates next year. Freshman Orientation and all major dates are posted on the web. Also, if you have not seen your students summer reading assignment, please look at the link that the ELA department posted.
Summer is a great time to talk to your student about academic and career goals. Create basic questions and have them research the answers on the web. Have these questions focus on careers, universities, current trends in the job market. If you have an older HS student, sit down and make sure they are documenting all their activities through HS. A running list of these items will help them as they start to apply for NHS and scholarships.
We all know the face of education is fluent and changes are happening every year. This summer ODE released the “New High School Graduation Requirements” starting with the class of 2018. These requirements reflect the phasing out of the OGT tests and replacing them with the more rigorous PARCC tests.
House Bill 487 updated Ohio’s graduation requirements to ensure that all students are ready for success in college and work. As a result, the class of 2017 (10th-graders in the 2014-2015 school year) will be the last students to take the current Ohio Graduation Tests. The new requirements take effect with the class of 2018 (ninth graders in Fall 2014). Additionally, every student in the class of 2018 will have the opportunity to take a nationally recognized college admission exam free of charge in the 11th grade. The honors diploma remains another option for students.
Please go to; education.ohio.gov to look up the specifics of the new requirements.
Have a great rest of summer!
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