Here is an overview of the key activities we worked on in relation to teaching and learning this month.
Monday’s and October 31st and November 1st: A mix of activities again this month, including working on our school improvement plan, department collaboration and specific professional learning teams. We truly appreciated the two days (October 31st and November 1st) to work on our school improvement plan along with receiving an excellent training from Janice England on de-escalation strategies.
Other information: The Drama department hosted the play, “The Clock Struck One.” It was very well done and our director, Mason Knight, along with support from Kim Novak, did an outstanding job. A special shout out to Mrs. Nelean Warndahl who organized, with the help of her HOSA club, the school-wide blood drive at the beginning of the month. Thanks to our SkillsUSA Club, lead by our adviser, Mrs. Miller, for sponsoring a food drive to help the Woodland Rotary and Woodland Action Center. The other item of note is that we have added music to our bell system to encourage students to be in class on time. We have not looked at the data yet, but the anecdotal comments are awesome and we know that students are doing a better job of getting to class on time because of the music. Our seniors have had two rotations of their “life skills” learning during CLC time and our 9th -11th graders are officially in their pathway CLC’s. The early report from our seniors (66 students responding so far) is that 80% of them are rating this new change at a three (3) or better on a scale of (1: I don’t like it all to 5: I love it). This was a major shift that we have been planning for since last spring and I am quite excited about this change in our advisory program and am confident it will provide excellent context and support to prepare our students for Career, Life, and College.
All in all, it was a good productive month at Woodland High School.