From the Principal's Desk
Most parents are not aware that Wilmington City Schools has a “District Plan” and most are not aware the Wilmington High School has a “Building Plan”. Our WHS plan is based from goals established by the district. WHS has three sections to our plan;
• Standards and Assessment
• Teacher Based Teams
• Positive Behavior Supports
It is the third bullet (PBS) I would like to focus on this month. We have tried to implement a system based on increasing the positive support a student receives and not always focusing on the negative. We carry this out in various ways, positive recognition (student of the month),
positive referrals, and drawings for meeting certain expectations. When consequences and positive reinforcement are not effective, we meet to discuss higher level intervention to help students. The process for discussing those interventions is to meet as an RtI team.(Response to Intervention)
Part of the PBS portion of the plan is to communicate these methods to parents. I am sharing that part of the plan as it is written and followed. We have more work, as always to do with the plan. However, students are seeing the benefits and hopefully parents are too. One highlight that I would like to point out is our emphasis on positive referral. We made a huge push this year for teachers to type up an electronic “positive referral”. We wanted our teachers to submit these and show a significant increase over last year. When a teacher submits a PR, they are printed and students are called down to the office. I phone call is made home by a guidance counselor. We
then post them on walls and in cases. Students receiving referrals are often given small prizes as well.
Following this initiative, during the first quarter this year WHS staff have submitted a record 332 positive referrals from 33 different staff members. I am proud of this stat, because this means many of our students have been recognized and many parents have been notified. I can tell you that this initiative has also contributed to a decrease in certain behaviors while increasing certain expectations.
WCS Positive Behavior Supports
STRATEGY 1: All buildings will continue to implement and build upon PBS principles with fidelity.
• Each building will re-teach and reinforce building expectations a minimum of once per quarter.
• Each building will create and implement decision rules for both Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions.
o WHS will continue to review PBS data with staff once a quarter and also reintroduce expectations to students.
o WHS will re-establish its Rti team and use it to better implement interventions.
o WHS will utilize 5th period for Tier two and Tier three interventions. Counselors should take an active role in creating focus groups.
o PBS team will keep track through “public school works” the increase in “positive referrals”
• Each building will provide job-embedded training and support in implementing PBS principles at minimum, once per year.
STRATEGY 2: All buildings will communicate PBS principles to families at a minimum, quarterly.
• Each building will be responsible for providing resources and training for families with PBS principles that can be reinforced at both school and in the home.
o WHS BLT and PBS teams will look at ways to provide PBS information to families through the year.
o PBS principles and expectations for the HS will be given out at Freshmen Orientation, Report Card Fairs, and other parent nights.
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WHS Building Calendar
WHS Building Calendar
Student of the Month
Science Department - Sara Green
Sara Green. Sara is extremely self-motivated in biology class. She is always organized and prepared for class. She does not hesitate to assist fellow students, and is not afraid to make mistakes and learn from them.
She is an excellent participator in class who helps progress the class discussion with her exceptional insights.
Business Department - Charlie Walker
Charlie Walker.Charlies always participates in class discussions, always has a good demeanor in class, and is helpful to other students. He is a good student.
Social Studies Department - Alix Holmes
Alix Holmes 11th grade. In Middle East Studies, Alix shows insightful analysis of complex, controversial, and sometimes provocative topics, and can explain well points of view other than her own. She is a great student role model because of her consistently high personal standards of conduct and scholarship.
English Department - Stevenson Long
Stevenson Long is not only a wonderfully reflective writer, he is a thoughtful scholar who adds much to class lessons, activities, and seminars. Stevenson always has insightful--and helpful--comments to share during revision activities and is willing to experiment with writing styles and contents within his own work. For all of his hard work in the On-Site Post Secondary Composition class, the English Department would like to recognize Stevenson as its Student of the Month.
Math Department - Jessica Angst
Jessica Angst 9th grade. Jessica works hard in class, completes all work, helps others when needed and performs well on all math tasks. She is organized, responsible, and respectful to all classmates and teachers
Ag Department - Porter Pagett
Porter Pagett has placed himself into a leadership role in our Freshman Intro To Agriculture class. Porter not only volunteers to give daily announcements, but manages to assist in every project that we have. Porter has stepped up, and stepped out from his peers. Porter is on his way to becoming a huge part of the Wilmington FFA program. A good sign of promise for years to come.
Art Department - Kirstin Mussetter
Kirstin Mussetter a junior this year, is busy being creative in Art 3. Kirstin has a strong work ethic which gives her the power to express her ideas in bold and powerful techniques. She has a fingerprint self portrait on display now at the College of Mt. St. Joseph. We are looking forward to seeing where Kirstin leads us.
Foreign Language Department - Mariah Bussell
Mariah Bussell, a sophomore, transferred from another school at the beginning of the school year. When she signed up for Spanish 3 here at WHS, she was faced with a much more varied and challenging curriculum - she had to learn and master two new tenses in order to catch up with her peers. While other students would have dropped the class, Mariah took on the challenge and the extra work and still managed to maintain an A average in all of her classes. Mariah succeeded easily, and the foreign language department would like to commend her on her hard worth ethic and on her major accomplishment. Keep up the great work!
Choir - Jasmine Curtis
Jasmine Curtis is an extremely dedicated senior who uses her leadership abilities to set the tone for others in her class. She is constantly seeking to improve her ability personally as a musician. She takes an active role in furthering her own education and in keeping our choirs strong.
Band - Sarah Fryman
The Band program would like to recognize Sarah Fryman as the November student of the month. Sarah is a member of the Wind Ensemble and Marching Band. She is consistently prepared and offers great leadership to her peers. Sarah is also in her second year as a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
Theatre - Abby Land
The Theatre Department would like to recognize Abby Land as the student of the month for November. Abby has excelled in both her Acting 1 and Theatre Arts 1 classes. Her work is always stellar and her positive and friendly attitude make her a joy to have in class. Abby made a brave choice coming to WHS in her senior year, but we couldn't be happier to have her with us. She is staying busy challenging herself and preparing for auditions for BFA Musical Theatre programs. Along with working on her personal goals, she is also starring in the WHS fall play Antigone where she showcases some of the best acting to ever grace our stage. Abby, we are glad to have you with us and hope for your continued success.