Dear Regent Families,
Finally. Spring is here. Spring Break is just behind us and it is the mad-dash to June. This is the time of year when many long-standing West traditions take place including Prom, Honors Convocation, National Honors Society Induction, concerts, our Swing Dance and many others.
Foremost for many of us at West is Fine Arts Week. Even before I came to West, students and teachers had pulled me aside and explained that Fine Arts Week was a microcosm of what makes West a special place to work and learn. We look forward to you joining us to experience the wealth of creativity of our students and staff.
Graduation follows quickly on June 9th. If your child is a senior, you'll learn more about the details for this in the coming weeks. If you have specific questions, please contact Diane Shaw at (608) 204-3065 for details.
As you know, there continues to be concern about safety in school (the shootings in Florida and Maryland most recently). West students participated in a student-led walk-out against gun violence on March 14th. There is a teacher and student walk-out currently scheduled for April 20th. We'll continue to keep you updated on information as the date draws nearer.
Against the backdrop of gun violence and safety concerns, I thought I'd share some of the amazing work and success of our West faculty and staff. Senior Yuanqi (Reggie) Cai is the recipient of the 2018 Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship award for his exceptional leadership, scholarship, citizenship, and school and community involvement. English teacher Mark Nepper is a recipient of the 2018 Herb Kohl Fellowship for his skill as a leader and agent for positive change, and his superior ability to inspire love of learning.
As you may know, Senior Stephon Ashley's single-artist multimedia display of dragons continues to hold center stage through the first week in April in our Colucci Galley. His display has been featured on WISC-TV3 and in the Isthmus. If you haven't had the chance to stop by, it's worth the visit to explore the amazing variety and sheer scope of his work.
Please remember that fourth quarter starts on Thursday, April 5th. We continue to offer a range of academic supports for all students, including individual tutoring by teachers before and after school and during their lunch-time office hours. Homework Club and Mission 4.0 offer drop-in supports after school, and our tutoring program continues in the Resource Hall.
I look forward to seeing many you around school as fourth quarter draws to a close. In the meantime, have a wonderful Spring and please plan to attend our outstanding upcoming events.
Karen Boran, Ed. D.