Principal's Corner

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Scott Minnig, Principal 4-7-2020

Wapakoneta High School Board Report:

First, I want to state how proud I am of our staff and students during this difficult time.  There is no template on what are best practices in this situation.  We are learning as we go, and it has been interesting to say the least.  We are currently reading the Energy Bus, and one of the passages states: “We can’t control the events in our lives, but we can control how we perceive them.  Our perception and response to events determine our outcomes.”  I firmly believe that our staff and students are looking at this situation as an opportunity to grow in ways that they never imagined possible. 

Many of our staff members are learning about new technologies geared towards education that they never needed before.  I believe this is only going to allow them to be better in the future and possibly enhance the way they teach when we return.  Our teachers are providing 2-3 assignments a week for their students.  A majority of these assignments are being posted online through Google Classroom and Schoology.  The teachers also have office hours each week, either through Zoom or Google Hangouts.  This is where the students can live chat with the teachers and receive help and assistance. 

Our staff continues to reach out to students and parents either by phone or email to provide assistance.  Our students are doing a good job of being proactive and asking for help by emailing and calling.  I am excited to see the level of communication between staff and students and believe that this will continue once we return. 

This situation is also challenging for some of our students.  I had the opportunity to talk with one of our students while they were working at a local store.  The difficulty exists because they are being asked to work longer hours since they are not in school.  Once they finish with work, they go home and begin working on their assignments.  This entire situation seems to present more difficulties for some of our students than if we were in school.  I know we need to be understanding and compassionate about this and work with our students so that everyone can be successful. 

Overall, we are going to come out of this better than we were going into it because “Though we cannot control events in our lives, we can control our perceptions.”   I perceive that we have a great staff, a great community, and a great opportunity to grow together.  Again, I want to express how proud I am of our staff and students for all their efforts over the past weeks.  

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