Education Can Take Us To The Moon

While in high school in Wapakoneta over 70 years ago, Neil Armstrong was involved in the band, orchestra, glee club, student council, and hi-Y.  He was a member of the “Retrospect” staff, participated in the Junior Class Play and attended Boys State.  If Neil were attending Wapakoneta High School today he would undoubtedly be a shining example of our vision statement to “be the leader in providing excellent learning experiences for our students.”   

Neil Armstrong may be our hometown hero, but our students live our vision every day.  Currently we are working towards our vision by offering pre-engineering courses to every 7th and 8th grader as well as opportunities to take engineering classes for high school credit.  After only its second year, our Robotics Team advanced to the state level competition.  We’ve also recently expanded enrichment opportunities at the middle school level.  At the Wapak Middle School’s  After School and Summer Aspire Program, 5th, 6th, and 7th graders have been exposed to stop action photography and videography, robotics, coding, graphic design, and creative writing.  After lunch, before school, or during study hall, Middle School students are welcomed to our Makerspace to design, problem solve, and build through a variety of projects.  In our elementaries the concept of a Makerspace is also growing.  In these spaces, students have the opportunity to participate in projects that will lay the foundation for future involvement in the engineering design process.  Our students are also exposed to coding and learning about virtual citizenship and are beginning to understand the impact their digital footprints can have on their futures in what was previously called “computer application” classes.  Wapakoneta City Schools is also the home to the Governor AND the Lt Governor of this year’s Ohio Youth and Government Conference.   Our arts and music programs continue to flourish and we are constantly reminded of the talent and gifts that our students possess.   Whether it be singing with Midweek, our a capella group, playing in our concert band, or having artwork featured in downtown Columbus, our students amaze us every day with their talents.  Wapakoneta has also been the recipient of the WBL All Sports Trophy three consecutive years.   Beyond winning games and meets, our students are blessed to have the opportunity to have the structure, problem solving, and teamwork that athletics provide.   Our staff is working diligently to close the achievement gap that exists between our students with disabilities and our general population.  Through more inclusive classrooms and CoTeaching Structures, we are able to provide all students with access to the general curriculum and lessen the marginalization of our students with disabilities.

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