As pitchers and catchers prepare to report to spring training, we of course, are experiencing the wrath of winter as I write this on February 8. The thought that spring will soon be here is comforting but today reminds us we have to endure just a bit more to get to the rewards of warmer weather, sunshine and baseball. It is appropriate that at this time of year we should be looking forward to that time of new beginnings. For me my sights are set on our graduation night and doing all the things that will make it special for our graduating seniors. However, there is much to learn and much work to be done before that walk across the stage.
One of the most significant aspects of our mission to educate the whole child and prepare them for the rigorous challenges of adulthood is to instill in our students a sense of purpose related to the collective whole of our community. To help fulfill this purpose, Wolcott High School requires that graduates complete a minimum of forty hours of community service prior to earning their diploma. Most of our students satisfy this requirement in a timely manner. Many of our students do not. I want to emphatically encourage all parents, but most specifically our students preparing for graduation in June, to take this requirement seriously and encourage work to fulfill those hours. Currently we have too many students who have not turned in evidence of having achieved the targeted hours. It is not a punishment and should not be an unpleasant experience to volunteer and give of oneself. But rather it should be positive experience that helps students connect to the larger community and create a sense of belonging. Please help us, help your children by monitoring their completion of these hours.
Another critical aspect of a child’s growth and development revolves around social development. That is a major reason we have centralized locations of learnings that bring us together for this purpose. It is critical that students be present in order to benefit from all that a learning community has to offer. Grades are certainly a measure of growth but they are only one aspect of learning. Our students benefit from being with and socializing with each other. Many of our students are experiencing declining attendance and this is not acceptable. Please encourage your students to attend the full day of school unless they are ill. To assist us in improving our attendance I want to discourage you from “calling out” your child during the school day. There seems to be an increase number of students whose parents are making calls mid-day and asking that their child be dismissed for reasons that may not be entirely necessary. I am asking that you refrain from responding to a child’s call or text saying they are sick and need to be dismissed. Please encourage them to see our school nurse who will assist you in making the decision if a dismissal is necessary. In addition, if it is necessary for your child to miss a portion of the school day for an appointment that cannot be made outside of school hours, please send a note in with your child in the morning. As inevitably happens in our hectic lives, if you do forget to do this we would ask that you call the school prior to 10:00 AM to request a dismissal that day.
Our Culinary Arts students in conjunction with our Phoenix students have begun a joint activity called the Scarlet Café. Students are preparing coffee and light fare for teachers and staff to purchase out of our school store each day. This allows our students practical experience in the areas of food preparation, marketing and sales.
The WHS Math Team participated in their 5th math meet of the season. The meet was hosted at Southington High School against 27 other CT regional high schools. The next meet will be hosted in Suffield mid-March. Alex Herren scored the most points for the Wolcott Mathletes!
The Community Service Club has been collecting donations at the basketball games to fundraise for the Ronald McDonald Fund to support families while their child is in the hospital. In addition, the Community Service Club donated $200 to the Wolcott Food Pantry.
On February 20th during a scheduled day off from classes, the Girls Inc. Teen Leaders group at Wolcott High School will be attending Leaders of Tomorrow (a mentoring and empowerment conference for teen girls and young women) organized by Girls Inc. of Western Connecticut. At the conference, held at the Marriott Downtown Waterbury from 830am-200pm, there will be a Panel of Powerful Women Presidents, Workshop Sessions and a Career Networking Luncheon.