I'm sure that many of you will join me in wondering where the academic year has gone. It seems like only yesterday that we were starting school. Our students have accomplished some fantastic things so far this year. As an example, we are the 2016-2017 Centennial League champions in Boys' Soccer, Girls' Tennis, Girls' Golf, and Scholar's Bowl; we are the State Champions in Girls' Golf and 4-Speaker Debate; we are Regional Champions in Football and Boys' Soccer. Our Marching Band received all 1 ratings at festivals and placed in finals for the second year at the KBA Marching Competition. Our Jazz Band received a 1 rating at the Baker Jazz Festival. We have 6 music students in All-State honor groups. The percussion ensemble was selected to play for the State Music Convention in Wichita, Kansas in February, and our choral program will travel to Chicago in March to perform at the Field Museum. I have every confidence that we will finish the school year as strongly as it has unfolded. In keeping with that belief, I would again like to share some information with you that will assist in helping your child bring a successful conclusion to their academic year.
If your child is experiencing problems in any of their classes, our counselors are more than willing to provide assistance. A multitude of services exist at WRHS that the counselors can help coordinate with you and your child. If individual attention from the teacher and other interventions prove ineffective in solving your challenges, your child may be referred for further intervention through our Student Intervention Team (SIT). The SIT is a group of trained educational professionals, and you, of course, who will conduct a comprehensive analysis of your child's academic progress and habits. After the evaluation is complete, intervention may be recommended to address academic performance issues. Fortunately, most problems can be effectively resolved through this process. For those that aren't, our counselors will be happy to discuss more aggressive options with you. For your convenience, I have listed them below.
Leslie Fischer (339-4117): Responsible for students whose last names are A-C and students attending Washburn Rural
Alternative High School
Keith Wetzel (339-4116): Responsible for students whose last names are D-Hi
Susana Prochaska (339-4119): Responsible for students whose last names are Ho-Mc
Cynthia Coufal (339-4118): Responsible for students whose last names are Me-Se
Marcie Frederickson (339-4115): Responsible for students whose last names are Sh-Z
Also on the horizon are a couple of school events that I want to bring your attention to.
One of the most anticipated evenings of the entire year is fast approaching for our juniors and seniors and their guests! Prom will be held in the Emerald Ballroom at the Capitol Plaza Hotel on Saturday, April 1 from 8:00-11:00 PM. After-prom activities, which are sponsored by the WRHS PTO Blues Backers, are currently scheduled to begin at 11:30 PM at WRHS. This is a very special time for our school, and I hope you will join me in encouraging your students to make good decisions for themselves.
Finally, graduation will occur on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Kansas ExpoCentre. Due to potential snow days, the last day for graduating seniors has not yet been determined. More information regarding their last day should be available closer to spring break. Seniors who have not otherwise met graduation requirements will be required to attend through the end of the year.
As always, if you have questions about any of these items, please feel free to call me.