Dear West Community,
Happy February! It's my favorite month of the year (and not only because it’s my birthday month) but because, although it often gives us the coldest, snowiest, and most difficult days, it's short, and it brings Spring right behind it.
West has many February traditions – one of which is "Red and White Day" on Thursday, February 8th. On that day, we are all encouraged to wear red and white, students and staff purchase singing Valentines that are delivered throughout the day to lucky recipients, and we celebrate our Midwinter Court, recognize our winter athletes and academic high achievers at a morning assembly. On the following Saturday, February 10th, we crown our Midwinter Regent Royalty at the Midwinter Dance. Although academics are always at the forefront of our thinking, it’s events like this that remind us that celebrating and having fun are also so important.
February 9th is a day without classes for our students. Their teachers will be working together to analyze the progress we've made in first semester and build plans to make necessary mid-course corrections in Quarters 3 and 4.
After this day, I'll be providing a Principal's update, a "State of the School" if you will, on Wednesday, February 21st from 5:30-6:30pm in our LMC. You'll hear about our progress and have a chance to provide parent input and insight. Stay tuned for details.
As we wrapped up the first semester on January 19th, our PTSO provided West staff with an amazing lunch to show appreciation of our hard work. The food was delicious and those who helped set up, serve and clean up as well as those who donated food have our sincere thanks. Having this time gave us a chance to just sit and relax after the last final was finished and before the long hours of grading were completed. Again, we can't thank the West community enough for all its support.
While we continue to work on our School Improvement Goals for 2017-18, our eyes begin to look toward school year 2018-19. We have held our grade level enrollment nights and have had a chance to meet our incoming 8th grade families to help them understand our registration process.
Throughout second semester, please do not hesitate to contact your student's teacher or counselor with questions or concerns. Every adult at West is deeply committed to making sure our students reach their personal and professional goals, and we recognize how important your partnership is in making this happen.
Finally, please join the West Parent Advisory Council for a night of board games, laughter, and fun at our first Parent Game Night to be held on Saturday, March 3rd from 7:00-10:00pm in West’s Cafenasium. For all of us, it will be an opportunity to meet a host of parents and friends of West with whom our paths do not usually cross. No agendas, no speeches, no pleas for anything. Just to have fun. I hope to see you there.
Karen Boran, Ed. D.