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Principal's Message October
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Friday, November 01, 2019

Principal’s Message 

October 2019

 

We are continuing to live our new Vision of the Graduate and work within our new master schedule.  The switch to the block schedule, daily flex time and reduction in lunch waves have been positive and we are confident that as time goes on, the benefits of this new schedule  will continue to serve our students well. Our teachers have utilized collaboration time and students have taken advantage of Flex time for extra help.  

 

We continue to prepare for upcoming decennial visit from a team from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges or NEASC.  This team of 7-8 educators will be lead by Fran Kennedy an associate director at NEASC and will arrive Sunday November 17 and leave Wednesday November 20. They will be assessing the growth we have made since our collaborative conference last November.  We will be highlighting, among many other things, our new schedule, student interventions, staff collaboration, new curriculum and our Vision of the Graduate in practice.

 

Wolcott High School will also be  applying for RAMP program recognition on October 11th. RAMP stands for the Recognized ASCA (American School Counselor Association) Model Program.The program is similar to NEASC accreditation for schools. For the past few years, our counselors have been developing and assessing our Comprehensive Developmental School Counseling Program to earn this honor and distinction. We are optimistic that we will earn this recognition and we will be only the 2nd school in the State of Connecticut to do so!  

 

On October 16, students in ninth, tenth and eleventh grade will be taking the PSAT.  These important tests are one piece of evidence that will help students, families and staff gauge college and career readiness and prepare students for taking the SAT in the spring of their Junior year.  Additionally, data from the tests help teachers to plan lessons and target areas of instruction.  

 

I would like to commend two students (Isabella DiMaria and Casey D'Amato) who have been busy  crocheting hats and scarves. This has evolved into a Community Service project for them and they will be donating their creations to Miss Sheehan's class when she does her winter clothing drive. I want to recognize them for their efforts. 

 

Finally, I want to thank our teachers, staff and students for their efforts and flexibility as we continue to recover from our recent technology issues.  Thank you for your persistence.

 

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