Tuesday, April 4, 2017

4th Quarter Letter from the Principal

April 4, 2017

Dear Wahconah Families,

In spite of a record number of snow days, this school year has passed by at a dizzying pace and now we are already at the doorstep of 4th Quarter! It has been quite an eventful school year and we still have plenty in store for what remains. Generally speaking, 4th quarter moves rather quickly at Wahconah. As the snow begins to melt and the temperature starts to rise, it is my hope that our students will do their best to maintain their focus on their academic obligations. Success in school, as well as pretty much everything else, is all about the little things you day in and day out to put yourself in the best position to succeed. But at the end of the day, it’s most important that our students keep their eyes on the prize and finish strong.

Below you will find a brief rundown of what each class can expect for the rest of the year.

Class of 2020
Our newest Warriors are no longer confused by the bell schedule and the layout of the school. For all essential purposes, they are already sophomores! They have settled quite nicely into "high school life" and are starting to consider what comes next for themselves. Many of our freshmen will be taking the Biology MCAS in early June. This paper and pencil test will have a different feel to it as it will count toward their quest for a high school diploma. We also ask that parents please remember that one big change for our freshmen is the final exam experience (we call them Summative Assessments at Wahconah). They occur on the last four days of school (June 19-22) where students will have up to two exams per day. We will be sure to communicate more about Summative Assessments as they draw near. Finally, our Freshmen will be taking a field trip on June 2nd (Senior Assembly Day). Ms. Polo and Ms. Harrison will have more to say about that at a later date.

Class of 2019
The sophomore year seems to be one that is, for better or for worse, full of testing. In addition to the final exams that the rest of our students take, our Sophomores also take the MCAS, many take the PSAT, and some attempt an AP exam or two. Many of our Sophomores took the PSAT this fall and the ELA MCAS in March. The Math MCAS will take place in May and some of our sophomores will be taking the Science MCAS in early June. Once the sophomore year comes to a close, we find that they are able to put all of the testing behind them and begin to focus on certain areas of interest to them and even start thinking about their post-high school plans.

Class of 2018
The Junior year in many respects can be the busiest year in high school. Many of our Juniors are assuming leadership roles and are taking the reins as organizers of various class and school events. The three main events our Juniors are responsible for are Turkeyfest (which happened in November), Prom in late May, and Senior Assembly on June 2nd. I've always found Junior year to be a fascinating one because you can see our Juniors transforming into true young men and women. I'm already looking forward to working with these future Seniors next year!

Class of 2017
Mr. Messina and I will be meeting with our Seniors just before April vacation to talk about the end of the year. Their last day of classes will be May 19th with senior final exams taking place the following week. They will have three mandatory graduation rehearsals and plenty to do during Senior Week as well. Though they do not realize it now, their life as Wahconah Seniors actually gets BUSIER after their last day of classes! While I could take plenty of time here to express my sentiments toward our Seniors, I will instead save that for my Graduation Speech. Believe it or not, I'm already putting thoughts to paper in preparation for that speech! Let it suffice to say, this is a special group of young men and women.

Though we still have a quarter of a school year left, I would like to take this moment to thank all of our Wahconah Families for your support and dedication to our students and our school. On a personal note, I've truly appreciated getting to know many of you in my new role as Principal. I've always believed that Wahconah has great students and I know precisely why. On behalf of the staff at Wahconah, thank YOU for giving us an opportunity to work with your amazing kids!


Aaron M. Robb

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