I am a February child and while February may hold the year’s worst weather -- snow, cold, wind, ice -- it remains my favorite month of the year. By February 1st, we’ve gained almost an hour of daylight per day, and by March 1st (the beginning of meteorological spring), we’ve gained two hours and nine minutes. Gotta love February.
West has many February traditions -- "Red and White Day" on Thursday, February 14th, where staff wear red and white, students sing valentines to their peers, we recognize our winter athletes and academic high achievers at the Midwinter Assembly, and we announce the royalty for the Midwinter Dance on Saturday, February 16th.
Our West students and staff continue to excel. Our Green Club has raised $103,856 to support the purchase and installation of 146 solar panels on West’s roof, in part to meet our goal of a 45% carbon footprint reduction by 2030. Of particular note is that classes as well as Departments have donated panels (a shout out to AP Government and AP US History classes, which raised funds for 2.5 panels in five days!). Ms. Carrie Bohman has been honored to present on her First Nations Class at Wisconsin Public Television’s 2019 Education Innovation Summit in April. Way to go, Carrie! West also has another Nationally Board Certified Teacher, Ms. Karly Frisch of West’s math department. National Board Certification is a performance-based, peer-reviewed process that requires teachers to demonstrate advanced knowledge, skills and practice in their subject area. Congratulations, Karly!
While we continue to work on our School Improvement Goals for 2018-19 (focusing on Climate and Culture), our eyes begin to look toward the 2019-2020 school year. We will have a chance to meet our Incoming Freshmen Families on Monday, February 4th at 7pm to help them understand our registration process and the transition from 8th to 9th grade. This year, we will hold a unified Parent Night for current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade parents on Monday, February 11th at 6:30pm. In addition to break out sessions to help parents prepare for next year, I’ll provide a “State of the School” session, which will provide an update on our progress at West, year-to-date.
Friday, February 8th 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 Three and Four.
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.
Karen Boran, Ed. D.