On Wednesday morning of this week, our sophomores and the majority of our juniors took the PSAT. This gave us the ability to create a special morning for our freshmen. We took this opportunity to begin a reflective process for our students to make their Westlake experience a personal one.
We had four rotations that would help our students understand the unique setting that we have with all of our programs and activities that are offered. These offerings make us a high school where the opportunities are numerous and are all high achieving. We had a panel of all types of students, led by our counselors, allowing students to hear personal stories of individual choice and expression during their high school experience. We had a Challenge Success rotation led by students and staff that looked at some of the myths of WHS and the opportunities our students have each and every day to find their individual passion. I led a session that framed that day as being one of reflection and exposure as to how they can create their own high school experience. We had our educational technologists lead a rotation on digital citizenship. Every student, teacher and parent has a unique Westlake High School experience which is and should be different than everyone else.
We all know that this may not have been a life changing morning but it did allow students to ponder their course, direction and pursuit of individual learning and extracurricular interests. We did hear students discussing these topics at breaks and in my session where the students had some time to relax. Sometimes, students simply need to know that there are options, and we hope they may pursue options based upon their interests and passions. Personal choice is an amazing, powerful thing. While this may be a stretch, our options are as numerous as asking someone where their favorite vacation spot may be……
One important aspect of yesterday’s sessions was to make sure that each student understands that their journey and experience is valued and respected….
Steve Ramsey: WHS Principal Blog
Principal's Weekly Reflections