Welcome back! I do hope that you had a wonderful winter break. As you know, another semester is underway at WRHS, and it is shaping up to be as eventful as the last! Winter sports and activities are in full swing, and classes are going well!
One very important upcoming event that I would like to direct your attention to is Student Led Conferences. They will occur on Wednesday and Thursday, February 7 and 8 respectively. Conference times are:
- Wednesday, February 7, 4:00 – 8:00 PM
- Thursday, February 8, 7:30 – 11:00 AM
- Thursday, February 8, 12:00- 3:00 PM
- Thursday, February 8, 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Evening conferences will be by appointment and with your student's advisory teacher.
In an effort to better engage parents and students in academic and post-secondary planning, WRHS Conferences are student led, in much the same way they were at WRMS. As you may recall, early last summer I sent you information about a new post-secondary planning tool called Naviance that we are using. The focus for Student Led Conferences will be the selection of courses for the 2018-2019 school year. This information will be entered into Naviance later this semester. During conferences, your student will also be sharing valuable information related to their academic goals and aligned career interests.
In the past, we have averaged about 28% turn-out for conferences. Based on the feedback we have received from parents, there was little reason to attend because grades are so easily available through Infinite Campus. Therefore, and as I said earlier, a change was made in formatting to facilitate deeper conversations about your child's academic progress that would be meaningful for you. I am pleased to report that, as a result of restructuring conferences in the fall, our attendance rates increased by 85%! Later this spring, we will send out a survey to gather your feedback related to this restructuring for consideration during next year's conference cycle.
Of course, we realize that some of you may want to communicate with other teachers on your student's schedule, so we have set aside the morning and afternoon on Thursday for that purpose. Consistent with how we have conducted conferences in the past, these day conferences will be unscheduled and on a first come, first served basis. If an additional trip to our campus is inconvenient for you, please feel free to call your student's teachers during the day. Their contact information can be found at usd437.net/schools/wrhs/contact.html.
It is important to remember that our Counseling and Administrative Teams are also available through the evenings to meet. If there is anything at all that we can do for you, please don't hesitate to let us know.
On behalf of the staff at WRHS, I wish you all the very best in the New Year!