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WHS Principal's Message May 1, 2017
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Monday, May 01, 2017
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Principal’s Letter 


April 25, 2017

Greetings:

            I wanted to take a few moments to acknowledge my appointment by the Wolcott Board of Education to the position of Principal of Wolcott High School.  I consider it both an honor and privilege to accept this role.  As you know, I have been serving as Interim Principal since November of this school year.  Prior to that held the position of Assistant Principal since 2006 and began teaching Social Studies at the high school in 2001.  I have come to respect and appreciate this community and its commitment to its children and will continue to strive to make Wolcott High School a great place to learn and grow.

            Wolcott High school is a great place, but together we can make it better.  Wolcott students are great students but together we can help them to achieve more.  The staff at Wolcott High School is dedicated and strong and with support they can continue to improve.  We will continue to strive in each of these areas as we plan and implement strategies that support the Board of Education’s goals and the District Wide Growth Plan.  The high school growth plan remains in line with that of the district and continues to focus on the areas we have identified as in need of growth.  Our focus remains on improving our SAT scores, increasing the number of students taking and earning credit in college articulated class such as UCONN ECE and Advanced Placement courses.  In addition, we continue to strive to decrease our chronic absenteeism and to support all of our students' needs. 

            Being a teenager today is difficult and with our rapidly changing socio-economic climate helping them prepare for adulthood is most certainly challenging.  The Wolcott High School staff will continue each day to rise to these challenges and work tirelessly for the betterment of our youth.  I want to thank the Board of Education for this opportunity.   I look forward to my continued work on behalf of your children and community.

Walter Drewry

Principal


 Principal's Message


It is hard to believe we are in the fourth marking period and less than two months from graduation.  As is the case each year May is an incredibly busy month at the high school.  I would like to share some of the recent highlights and upcoming events involving our students and staff. 

 We have wrapped up taking the final edition of the CAPT Science Assessment which is going to be replaced with a new assessment that will be aligned to the NGSS.  We are awaiting the scores from the April 5 SAT school day assessment that was administered to all eleventh graders.  Our AP students will be taking the college-board exams beginning May fist and running  for the better part of  three  weeks and wish them well on those challenging tests. 

The School Counseling department has begun registering the 168 students who have signed up for our various UCONN ECE courses for next year.  We are very pleased with the number of offerings and the number of students who are choosing to challenge themselves in these courses. 

I would like to take a moment to congratulate Mr. Mathew Toller.  Mr. Toller, who teaches UCONN Early College Experience United States History, was a finalist for, the “Rookie of the year award” for excellence in first year course instruction by the University of Connecticut.  This is a prestigious professional honor and we thank Mr. Toller for all that he does for his students. 

Next week, the WHS Student Theater Department will be presenting our spring musical, “Guys and Dolls.” This is a wonderful, comedic Broadway classic that our students have been working extremely hard for and are excited to present. The show will take place Friday May 5 and Saturday May 6 at 7:30pm and Sunday May 7 at 2pm.  Thank you all for your constant support.

The Wolcott Robotics team will be competing at the World Championships in St Louis.  Qualifying matches start on Thursday morning.  Matches can be viewed live at:

www.thebluealliance.com  We wish them all the best and I am confident they will make us proud. 

We are in the Darwin Division and our team number is 1071.

A match schedule can be found at:

http://firstfrc.blob.core.windows.net/frc2017/FIRSTChampionship/CMPMO/Darwin.pdf

The Community Service Club held a Senior Citizen Prom on Wednesday, April 5th at the Senior Center. Prom King and Queen were announced and all had a blast! The WHS Jazz Band provided a special performance throughout dinner and dancing afterwards!

The Relay for Life team raised over $1150 for the American Cancer Society at the annual Lip Sync Competition and Sean Chamberland was our 1st place winner dedicating his lip sync performance to Mr. Pape, Mr. Berube, and Mr. DiLeo.

The Relay for Life seniors and the Frisbie Flyers participated in the ACS CAN Day at the Capitol where students spoke to Representative Sampson and Senator Markley and their stand for the Tabacco21 Bill that argues that people should not be allowed to purchase tobacco products until the age of 21. All who spoke and researched did an exemplary job!

The Community Service Club created a PSA for all students and community members to download and use the app “Charity Miles” in honor of Juvenile Diabetes Awareness month. All Discoveries will be participating in the fight against Juvenile Diabetes.

The National Honor Society will be holding the Induction of 38 new members on Tuesday, May 16th at 7 p.m. in the WHS Auditorium. All are welcome to attend.

The Math Team had their banquet at the end of March and senior Alex Herren was named Wolcott High School’s MVP!

Walter Drewry

Principal 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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