Hello, West High School families.
Welcome back. I hope you've had a wonderful summer.
This has been a summer of enormous change for the West Community. It has also been a summer of great change for me. I moved from Chicago and began to learn about West and the enormous opportunity the role of head principal provides me, all the while juggling a new home, obtaining Wisconsin license plates, locating a new dry cleaner, finding a new gym, etc. Whew!
I am just one of many new faces at West this year. There are 37 new staff, who will -- like me -- ask great questions and push all of us to make sure that every one of our students, with love, is pushed to achieve at their highest potential.
As you may know, I come to West with 21 years of experience as a reading teacher, reading specialist, reading coach, a district literacy senior manager, district director of high school curriculum, an assistant principal and finally five years as a head principal. During those years, I learned that dedicated men and women can help kids achieve amazing things if they take the time to really know them and hold them accountable to high expectations while at the same time providing appropriate supports and working together in coherent systems.
This is the work we will be focusing on at West this year.
West has a dedicated staff and faculty that will focus on this goal. My promise to you is that I will work tirelessly with them, as well as parents, students and members of this community to make sure that all students achieve.
This year, we are focusing on deepening our relationships with our students, creating classroom norms and routines, and making sure that every adult in the school knows how to restore a relationship with a student when there has been a challenge. This is hard. If it were easy, all students would achieve at high levels. But with your support and the hard work of our staff, it can be done.
You'll learn more about our work this year as I visit parent and community meetings, as I continue to communicate with you over the year through the Regent Reporter, and as we meet in the community.
Thank you for choosing West High School. I look forward to a strong and productive year.
Karen Boran, Ed. D.