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. We are the 2019-2020 Centennial League Champions in Boys' Soccer, Boys' Cross Country, Volleyball, Boys' Swim and Dive, Boys' Wrestling, Girls' Bowling and Girls' Golf, and the Co-Centennial League Champions in Boys' Basketball; we are the State Champions in Boys' Cross Country, 4-Speaker Debate, and Girls' Wrestling,; our Boys' Wrestling and Girls' Volleyball placed 2nd at State; Cheer placed 2nd at the 6A State Game Day Spirit Showcase and 3rd at the NCA Nationals in the Performance Category; we are Regional Champions in Girls' Golf, Boys' Wrestling, Girls' Wrestling, and Girls' Bowling; we are the Sub-State Champions in Volleyball; we are the City Champs in Boys' Cross Country, Girls' Cross Country, Girls' Golf and Girls' Tennis. Kevin Bordewick-Volleyball and Damon Parker-Boys' and Girls' Wrestling, were named Centennial League Coach of the Year; Matt Swedlund was named 6A Boys' Cross Country Coach of the Year. In addition, we have several State Wrestling Champs, Jacob Tangpricha-Boys' 106 lb. weight division, Bishop Murray-Boys' 113 lb. weight division, and Dajia Anderson-Girls' 235 lb. weight division. 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-D
Keith Wetzel (339-4116): Responsible for students whose last names are E-J
Stephanie Berkhalter (339-4103): Responsible for students whose last names are K-O
Michelle Pegram (339-4911): Responsible for students whose last names are P-T
Cynthia Coufal (339-4118): Student Services
Marcie Frederickson (339-4115): Responsible for students whose last names are U-Z
Jason Parker (339-4119): Responsible for students in B-3 Alternative Education
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 Exhibition Hall at the Stormont Vail Events Center on Saturday, April 4 from 8:00-11:00 PM After prom activities, which are sponsored by the WRHS PTO Blues Backers, are currently scheduled to begin at midnight 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.
Graduation will occur on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the Stormont Vail Events Center. 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.
Additionally, please know that our District is aware of and has been following the reports related to a potential Novel Coronavirus pandemic. Moreover, our Emergency Operations Plan calls for us to work closely with area health agencies in responding to such an event. It is important that we rely on their expertise in determining the appropriate level of risk and possible responses. The Shawnee County Health Department is coordinating closely with school superintendents in the area as well as the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE). We are prepared to take the appropriate action necessary to protect the health of our students, our staff, and the community. Any additional plans or information will be shared by the district as soon as it is available.
As always, if you have questions about any of these items, please feel free to call me.