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Principal's Message September
Posted On:
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Greetings from Wolcott High School!


It has been a unique opening to the 2018-19 school year. Despite the heat and schedule modifications the beginning of school has gone very well. We welcomed the graduating class of 2022 as we prepare to say goodbye to the class of 2019. September is always an exciting time, with the school year before us holding so much promise and opportunities for growth awaiting all of our students. I want to thank everyone who works behind the scenes to help make the opening of school run so smoothly. 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.


We have several new members of the Wolcott High School staff this year. George Phelan is our new addition to our Applied Education Department. He will be teaching Transportation and Woods. Laura Wortman has joined our Science Department as a Chemistry teacher. Gabriel Gallucci will be joining our Science Department shortly as soon as she completes contractual obligations for the Manchester School District. Briana Daniele has taken over our STEP program and is a member of our Special Education Department. We have two long-term substitutes with us for the start of the year. Coung Vo serving in Spanish and Alicia Maffiolini in Math. 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.


As a priority this year, we will commit ourselves to develop lessons and strategies that provide opportunities for ours students to develop in the six C’s: Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity, Citizenship, Communication and Commitment to Growth. This connects to the growth plan we have developed based on last year’s self-study as part of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation process. Additionally we will continue to focus on reducing absenteeism and tardiness, increasing the number of students taking and performing well in UCONN, AP and College and Career courses, and helping them improve on their SAT scores. Our focus for our faculty this year will be to increase collaboration through our Instructional Data teams, NEASC Standards Committees, Walkthroughs and various curriculum projects. We will continue our work on revising the master schedule for the 2019-2020 school year and continue to modify the Discovery block to provide greater opportunities for students to receive interventions.


Although many students have completed the beginning of the year forms and paperwork we still have a number of students who need to have their 18-19 Required Back to School Forms filled out through PowerSchool. In addition, we ask that all students return their Student Handbook forms signed by both students and parents or guardians.


I want to wish everyone the best for a healthy and productive year.




Walt Drewry


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