I would like to thank our
custodial, secretarial, and maintenance staff for all of their hard work this
summer. Our building looks great and is
ready for another positive school year.
Here at Wapakoneta High School we
have established five building goals for this school year.
Peer Observation – each staff member will observe another staff member two different occasions throughout the school year. The purpose of this is to learn new teaching strategies from one another.
relationships with our students.
Reduce the number of “F’s”. If a student is going to receive an “F” on a
report card the teachers must call the parents ahead of time.
updated weekly in Progressbook.
Challenge each teacher to make at
least 1 parent phone call per week.
During our Teacher Based Teams
(TBT’s) our staff will continue to study the “Ten Strategies for Creating a
Classroom Culture of High Expectations.”
We began this last year and will continue to gain a deeper knowledge of
these strategies throughout this school year.
On August 29th, during
our staff professional development, we will be using the “Teach Like A Champion
Field Guide” to continue to educate ourselves on highly effective teaching
Redskin Rewards – Redskin Rewards
are now in its third year at Wapakoneta High School. The rewards systems is a part of our building
wide PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies). The program is designed to reward students on
a nine week basis for accomplishing different tasks such as reaching a goal
created by the student and teacher.
Gatekeepers – This group of
students is led by Mrs. DeLynn Epperly and Mrs. Jennifer Zwiebel. The mission of the group is to be the eyes
and ears of the school while promoting positive mental health awareness.
L.O.S.S. – (Leaning on Other Students
for Support) this group of students is led by Mrs. Jennifer Zwiebel. It is for any high school student who has
lost a parent, stepparent, or guardian to death. The purpose is to create a team of
individuals who share a common life experience so that they can look out for
and support one another especially during difficult times such as the loved
ones’ birthday, angelversary, and other sentimental events.
Students With Voices – This group
of students is led by Mrs. Tracy Haag and Mrs. Jennifer Zwiebel. This is a group of students that promote
awareness and appreciation for ALL students, regardless of their diverse
learning needs, economic status, gender, race, religion, or cultural background.
Biomedical Science course – This
new class will provide an introduction to biomedical science through hands-on
projects and problems. They will
determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional woman as they
sequentially piece together evidence found in her medical history and her
autopsy report. Students will
investigate concepts of biology and medicine as they explore health conditions
including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia,
and infectious diseases. This class has
over 100 students registered to take this course throughout the school
A.C.T. Prep – We will continue to
offer free A.C.T. prep for our students at Wapakoneta High School. Most of the students who have taken advantage
of this opportunity have seen their scores increase. Many have seen their scores increase
dramatically. This is just one example
of the special opportunities our students receive at WHS.
Homecoming – Homecoming will take
place on September 28th and 29th. This is always an exciting time for our
Washington D.C. 8th
grade trip – Our 8th grade students have been preparing for the
annual Washington D.C. 8th grade trip in November. This is always a highlight for our 8th
School Culture Survey – Our staff
is completing a school culture survey three different times throughout this
school year. We hope to use this
information to improve the operation of our building.