WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A GRADES 7-12 LEADERSHIP TEAM?
There are many reasons why a 7-12 leadership team is beneficial for our students. Some of those include having a cohesive administrative leadership structure that doesn’t have to shift several times during the course of a student’s progression from Grade 7 to Grade 12. The Grade 7-12 Leadership Team all will have the responsibility of getting to know all students, ultimately providing a better experience for them throughout middle and high school.
WHAT REMAINS THE SAME AND WHAT CHANGES FOR MY 8TH GRADER?
Eighth graders will experience the same educational opportunities that have been available in past years, but new opportunities will be introduced in the coming months as well. Middle school is more than just a building; it is an educational program. There will be greater synergy from 7th to 8th to 9th grade. Our goal is to soften the transition from 8th to 9th grade, with a longer-term relationship between students and counselors.
WILL MY 9TH GRADER EXPERIENCE A LOT OF CHANGE?
Not really. Students will continue to work with middle school counselors as part of their transition to high school. We know there are future opportunities that we haven’t even envisioned yet—those are still brewing.
WHAT TYPES OF OVERLAPS WILL MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE?
Lunch time will still remain separate with 7th and 8th grade together and then grades 9-12. Middle and high school students will have separate study halls but could experience combined electives depending on the type of elective and number of students interested in taking the course. As in the past, students in modern and classical languages are placed based on proficiency. All students will share the library, counseling office and some assemblies. All students always have the opportunity to be in an advanced course based on proficiency, not grade or age.
HOW WILL COMMUNICATION TO STUDENTS AND PARENTS CHANGE?
Communications now will originate from one office with multiple people providing information. Students will still receive communication from the Principal’s Office and leadership team as they have in the past, typically through school email addresses. Students and parents should be on the lookout for increased communication through email, social media, the website, and informal and formal gatherings. Principal Garon Smail invites all parents to join him for “Coffee with the Principal” the second Wednesday of every month prior to the WUHSMS Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the library. This is an informal way to chat, ask questions and learn more about the initiatives taking place in the school. The first meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13.
WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE CONCERNS WITH MY CHILD’S ACADEMIC NEEDS?
Your child’s teacher is always the first point of contact if you have concerns about his/her academics. Counselors and other places of help are available if needed as well.
WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE CONCERNS WITH MY CHILD’S SOCIAL AND/OR DEVELOPMENTAL NEEDS?
Connect with your child’s teacher first and then his/her counselor if additional help is needed.
WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT GENERAL ISSUES OF HOW THE SCHOOL IS BEING RUN?