Welcome back after Thanksgiving recess! We ended the first quarter at the elementary school with two great parent teacher conference days. As one teacher explained to me about her conference: “I never discussed rigor and/or expectations by using data as I have done this year and my parent understood and respected the candid conversation." We spoke in length and what I heard and I am thankful for is that our conversation has turned away from focusing on the social and behavior atmosphere and turned toward the academic expectations of the district.
The JR/SR High School students received their report cards as they returned to the edited version of last year’s schedule. As I will continue to say “It’s not the shell that counts it’s what inside!” I am thankful that we didn’t throw out the entire shell and the conversation is open to return to a block for extended time and built in interventions. The winter sports season has also begun and we look forward to having a prosperous year in all winter sports. Please follow the website for times and venues.
As we approach the Holiday season, we as a school community must remain vigilant to our academic and behavior expectations. We must continue to offer opportunity and access to all of our programs for all of our students. Please be part of the solution with us, if we call for any issue please call us back or even better, come visit us, so that we can support your son or daughter with their academic progress. If you need support through this holiday season please contact our administrative team so that we can put you in contact with the right people to support your needs.
Happy Holidays to our WCSD community and remember, "The more you know, The more you grow." Knowledge and experience go hand and hand. You may read all the books on scuba diving but until you get into the ocean, how can you expect to see any fish? Meaning: Unless you take what you learn and apply it in actual experience in the environment, it’s difficult to validate what you have learned! What’s important is what you do with what you know.
As always please feel free to contact me at any time at 499-1772 or firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by and talk with me, Happy Holidays. Our last day of school prior to the holiday vacation is December 23rd and for any school closings, please watch our website or your local TV station.
Let’s consider the relationship between desire and risk, quitting and change. Have you ever quit something within a year and regretted it? Did you quit because you didn’t have enough patience? How come you didn’t stick it out one more day? Sometimes people quit just as they are about to achieve the outcome they want. People who win go the extra mile, take the extra step, take that calculated risk. There is a direct correlation between risk and success. How can we grow if we don’t take risks? Our faculty is going the extra mile!
When I first began as Superintendent, I can’t begin to tell you how many times I was frustrated with all aspects of the “seat” and wanted to “throw in the towel.” My desire is tested every day with people telling me, “You’ll never get the changes you want up there,” “those kids can’t do it!” My determination has been challenged by the media and by many people from stakeholders to outsiders. Desire comes from within and I have a strong desire to succeed for student achievement, despite the obstacles. Without desire, it would be difficult, if not impossible, to establish the determination to succeed.
We need to be flexible. Flexibility is one of the most important keys to maintaining our determination and leading our students to becoming productive members of society. Staying with realistic goals that can be attained with perseverance is the objective of “NO EXCUSE!” living. Some people quit and never get the “prize!” They may live with regret. Some keep going until they win. Grab hold of a dream and go for it! Our Community dreams for our children!
I believe in our determination to re-do, re-organize and re-build a new capsule for our teachers to deliver quality instruction that digs deep and allows our students to produce quality work.
On Monday November 10, 2014 there will be a Superintendent's Day so that our administration and faculty can work on building a new template that allows time for science labs, 90 minute reading blocks, co-teaching and intervention blocks so that every student is offered opportunity and access and has a built in safety net. This professional development day will allow our professional learning community to grow and prosper. It’s ok to be uncomfortable and make changes it’s not ok to stay status quo!
I want to thank all of you for making our school district the focus of the community! A diploma is an ATM card for life!!
As always please feel free to call me anytime for any reason. We will make this work for every student, I offer NO EXCUSE!
Lastly, if you would like to come and run through your child's schedule, please feel free to contact us at anytime.
Whitehall Central School District
518-499-1772 - Phone
518-499-1759 - Fax
|Varsity Wrestling||Granville Lions Tourney||Sat Dec 20||9:00AM|
|Indoor Track||Whitehall Meet #2 @ Union||Sun Dec 21||8:00AM|
|Varsity Girls Basketball||Granville @ Whitehall||Mon Dec 22||5:30PM|
|Varsity Wrestling||SGF @ WH/FA||Tue Dec 23||6:00PM|
|Varsity Boys Basketball||Whitehall @ Fort Ann||Tue Dec 23||5:30PM|
|Varsity Boys Basketball||Holiday Tourney||Fri Dec 26||7:30PM|
|Varsity Boys Basketball||Holiday Tourney||Sat Dec 27||TBA|
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Attention all family and friends attending the holiday concerts on Tuesday, December 9th and Thursday, December 11th. Student Council will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Whitehall Food Pantry. Boxes for donations will be placed under the Christmas tree in the lobby. Please donate what you can.
Thank you, Student Council