Principal's Corner

WELCOME TO WHS

Scott Minnig, Principal

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.

Establish 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.

Grades 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 strategies. 

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 year. 

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 students. 

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 grade students. 

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.  

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