It’s hard to believe, but we’ve already reached the end of the first trimester. Finals will be given next week, and your student will earn his/her first credits of the school year. Please remember that all finals are worth 20% of your student’s grade and that it is critical to prepare. If your student needs some last minute tutoring, then be aware that we provide tutoring three days a week. Tutoring is available in the school library immediately after school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and at First Baptist Church on Thursdays. As the term winds down, please try to help your student keep focused and ready to tackle term two. Term two will begin Monday November 11.
If you’ve driven by the school or been on route 60 lately, you’re probably seen billboards and our marquee celebrating WCHS’s success in the last Kentucky school accountability cycle. I am extremely proud of the way our students and teachers worked together to achieve top 10 status in ACT and top 97th percentile in KPREP. Out of about 230 public high schools, WCHS ranked 18th. We have a goal of being a top 10 high school, and with the success we’ve experienced, I know we will continue to demonstrate progress toward that goal.
One of the factors that helped to push us is the new Common Core Content. The Common Core has been a very hot topic in the news of late due to controversy over the new science standards. While the new science standards haven’t been implemented in Kentucky, we have had extensive experience with English Language Arts, and Math. What we’ve found is that the new Core is much more rigorous than the old Kentucky Core Content 4.1. While folks may have to agree to disagree on some of the specific standards, your student’s exposure to this content will make him/her more competitive in the college and job market. These new standards are highly rigorous and tightly aligned to national pre-college requirements. Our teachers have done an excellent job developing these standards in their classrooms and have raised the level of rigor in a smooth and seamless manner.
WCHS is in the process of accepting applications to our Academy. The Academy at WCHS is a high level approach to learning and student engagement in focused areas of interest. We appreciate the work at WCMS to prepare students for a new and different approach to learning. Please check our Academy link or contact our Academy Director, Regina Taylor, if you would like to investigate your student’s options in this new and exciting program.
Best of luck on finals, and I hope to see you around the school.