It’s June. Finally.
That brings to mind summer and the beauty that is Madison. I walk the halls of West daily and see the history in the lines of the school and how the spaces have evolved over time. But time does not stop, and West is beginning to show its age. When ground was broken for the school in the late 1920s, the designers could not have envisioned the needs of the modern school building. The evolution of West is at an important point in time as the district plans for a 2020 capital referendum to support its high schools. We need your help and ask that you plan to attend the Public Forum about MMSD's proposed facility improvements to our beloved West High School on Monday, June 3rd from 7-8:30pm in the West High School Auditorium. The learning space and physical grounds have not been updated nor tended to properly in decades, and it is paramount for the West community to be informed and provide feedback on what is being proposed.
School years follow each other with traditions and rituals. At West, this includes rituals like Fine Arts Week (May 20th - 24th), which celebrates not only the talent of our students and their teachers, but also the students and staff who gathered to listen to the music, to watch the one-act plays, to cheer on the potters in our Pottery Olympics, and to support our students by purchasing their art, their jewelry and their bowls. Congratulations to all.
We have other amazing success stories to share as well. Senior Tim Bradt won first place in the Skills USA Automotive Technician Competition. This was a 100 question test and an ability test requiring him to diagnose 15 problems representing a range of problems from customer complaints to identifying parts to determining if they are within manufacturers’ specs. This is significant because Tim is the first West student to win this competition in 20 years. Tim also took first place in the Firestone Challenge, testing his ability to measure car parts, complete tire rotations, and diagnose electrical problems in the shortest time possible. Way to go, Tim!
West Rocket Club outperformed the top 100 teams in the country and is the only team to win three times, this year claiming first place at Nationals. They will now go on to represent both West and the United States at the International Competition in Paris this summer. Best of luck, Rocketeers!
A quick update on our Green Club’s solar project: To date, they have raised over $113,000 toward the implementation of a 100 kW system on our school roof. Contributions have come from many different groups, and reflects MMSD’s commitment to have 100% of our energy coming from renewable resources by 2040. Congratulations, Green Club!
Finally, remember that FINAL EXAMS start next week!
Thursday, June 6th: Last final ends at 2:45pm. Metro buses runs at 3:45pm; Yellow buses run at 2:45pm.
Friday, June 7th: Last final ends at 12:15pm. Metro buses runs at 3:45pm; Yellow buses run at 12:15pm. Make-ups (by appointment) will be scheduled in the afternoon.
Monday, June 10th: Last final ends at 12:15pm. Metro buses runs at 3:45pm; Yellow buses run at 12:15pm. Make-ups (by appointment) will be scheduled in the afternoon.
Tuesday, June 11th and Wednesday, June 12th: These are regular days of attendance ONLY if students have scheduled make-up exam. Otherwise, students are NOT expected to attend. They have completed their scholastic obligations and are free to enjoy their summer break.
My hope is that you all have a safe and relaxing summer.
Karen Boran, Ed. D.