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Principal's Message - February
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Friday, February 23, 2018
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Principal’s Message

 Greetings from Wolcott High School:

The Leadership Team at the high school has been busy with our continuing self-evaluation based on the New England Association of Schools and Colleges new 2020 standards. As our teachers and staff have been working in committees to gather data and write reports related to how well we are addressing these demanding standards. Most recently our administration has met with our Parent Action Council to help build the High School Vision of A Graduate that will align with the Board of Education’s vision.  This continues to be a rigorous but informative exercise for our school to undertake. 

I would like to send along our congratulations to WHS Graduate Xhenet Aliu, Class of 1996, who recently published her first novel, Brass. Set in Waterbury, Connecticut in both 1996 and 2013, is a coming of age tale about mother daughter relationships and chasing the American Dream. It has been featured on Oprah’s Best New Book List. A copy of her book is in the WHS Resource Center; the WHS Book Club is also reading it.

Leah Ciccone, a Wolcott High School graduate, recently visited our Multicultural Literature Class to discuss race, gender and sexual orientation in relation to public policy.  The insightful presentation allowed students to learn about how those topics influence current policy trends in education, law and the economy.  Leah is currently interning in the United States Senate with Senator Murphy, was a former intern at the United States House of Representatives, is a GLADD ambassador, and has been featured in national platforms such as Vogue and CNN.  Congratulations to Leah on her successes and thank you coming back to WHS to share your experiences and to motivate our current students to live out the vision of a Wolcott Public Schools Graduate. 

In attendance news, 481 high school students did not miss a day in January – even with the flu running rampant this school year.  We have also identified 86 students that have perfect attendance through the half-way point of the school year, that means no absences or tardy’ since we began school in August.  We are going to enter these 86 students into a drawing to win a prize during next week’s Discovery.

Recently 19 students in the First Aid & CPR class completed their First Aid & CPR training and are now First Aid & CPR Certified through the American Red Cross.  This is an example of the type of authentic real life learning opportunities our students are taking advantage of at the high school.

UCONN Medical terminology recently worked on the nervous system, the anatomy, its function, medical word parts, diseases and diagnostic tests. The students made brain caps to apply the different parts of the brain and its function to enhance their understanding of the brain.

Dr. Sarita Arteaga DMD, MA, MAGD from the UConn School of Dental Medicine came in to Wolcott High School On January 26th with three of her dental students to speak with our students interested in the Health field. She had information on how to decide on a specific medical field and provided helpful sites for students including the US News and World Best Jobs Report.   They also discussed their reasons for choosing the dental field over other medical fields.




The highlight of the visit was a hands on activity for our students where they actually were able to fill and seal a model tooth. 

Those are just some of the recent happenings at Wolcott High School.

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