Principal's Message - September 2017
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Principal’s Message - September 2017

Greetings from Wolcott High School!

The opening of the 2017-2018 school year went extremely well. We welcome the graduating class of 2021 as we prepare to say goodbye to the class of 2018. What an exciting time of year this is as we begin anew. There are so many opportunities for growth awaiting all of our students. I want to thank everyone who worked behind the scenes to make this happen. From the custodians and maintenance workers who prepared the buildings, to our secretaries who are so organized and efficient, to our School Counselors who help with issues around schedules, it takes the coordinated effort of many to open a school. All busses are arriving on time in the morning and no issues have been reported in the afternoon. Thank you to the bus coordinators and drivers for making this happen.  Lunch waves have been orderly and efficient thanks to the support of our kitchen managers and support staff and we will continue to monitor and adjust our scheduled lunches to make sure each wave is manageable and comfortable for ours students.   

We have several new members of the Wolcott High School staff this year. Mr. Joseph Morgan will permanently join our Administrative Team as Assistant Principal. Taylor Notation is our new addition to our Applied Education Department. Nicholas Galullo will be joining our Social Studies Department. Matt Hove will be joining our Science Department. Shakira Jacobs-Vazquez will be our new Family and Consumer Science teacher. Isabel Nunes will be the new Library Media Specialist. Stephanie Russo will be joining the Special Education Department and Allysia Nanfito will be head of our Phoenix Program. Faith McGurk will be joining us as a long term substitute in our Transitional Education program and Laura Stabile as a long term substitute in School Counseling. I know that every new member coming to our building will bring a commitment to help us continue to grow as a school.  Please welcome them. 

Although many students had completed the beginning of the year forms and paperwork we still have a number of students who need to have their info-snap forms filled out.  In addition, we ask that all students return their student handbook forms signed by both students and parents and guardians. 

We have established priorities this school year based around the mission of Wolcott High School which is:

“Wolcott High School provides a positive learning environment where students are engaged in meaningful learning for success in the 21st century”.

Our teachers all worked on their professional development days to help prepare to bring this mission alive this school year.

Our areas of focus this year will be:

We are focused on continuing to improve our student’s performance on the College Board’s SAT, PSAT and SAT 9 standardized assessments. We will continue to implement our career pathway initiative and continue to encourage students to enroll in college level and career preparatory classes. We will continue to refine curriculum focusing on ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies and Capstone.

We have a goal of improving the overall attendance of our students. A reminder to parents that students are considered chronic absentees if they are not is school at least 90% of the time. We will be working hard with students and parents to decrease the number of students missing class time for any reason. We ask parents to resist calling students out sick or out of school without appropriate cause. It is important to note that state statute considers students chronically absent if they miss ten percent of school for any reason and students risk losing credit if they exceed this threshold. The administration and staff at Wolcott High School remain committed to making Wolcott High School a great place to learn and grow.