From time to time in our blog, we like to highlight certain teachers and the work they are doing in our classrooms. One of the goals of this spotlight is for our parents to experience peripherally the great work done here every day by our teachers and students. Because some of our teenagers only answer questions with one to two word answers, this allow our parents to experience at least one possible educational perspective at Westlake High School. Our teachers are highlighted by our instructional partner, Valerie Taylor, and our educational technologists, Lisa Johnson and Chris Hanson. Here is our first feature of the year:
The Lesson Scenario: In Melissa Rohrbough's Phlebotomy Technician Certification Class, students are learning the different types of vacutainer tubes to draw tests in (e.g. different tubes are designed for different tests). Students are doing research on tests for various tubes. They choose a laboratory test to research and a tool/app like Canva or Explain Everything to demonstrate their learning. Students will present their research and visualizations to their classmates later in the week.
About the Teacher: This is Ms. Rohrbough’s 20th year of teaching. She taught 10 years in Chemistry/IPC and 10 years in Health Science. She currently teaches Phlebotomy Technician Certification, Pharmacy Technician Certification, Medical Terminology, and Principles of Health Science. She is also the HOSA sponsor.
Her students “like her teaching because it’s hands on and she doesn’t overstress” them. They went on to say that Ms. Rohrbough is truly “understanding about stress at school” and that “she is really passionate about helping (them) succeed.” They also love that this class affords them the opportunity to get a certified to have a job which will be helpful in college.
Stay tuned for more Teacher Features in the 2017-2018 school year!
As part of our campus and district initiatives, we hope to take care of all of our students’ and staff needs. These needs can be academic or emotional. Over the years, we have worked diligently for our parents and staff to help identify any students, staff or parents who may need assistance. One thing I know for sure: we do not know what we don’t know. As part of helping the identification process to assist those in need, our district has adopted a new reporting mechanism. Please read the following:
We are always looking for ways to foster an even safer and more caring school community. We have added a new feature to our websites to ensure students, staff and parents have a voice to report issues that may affect their peers and/or schools.
Quick Report allows school administrators to receive tips at any time and have the ability to respond in a timely manner to issues that impact the school or individual students. The reported issues may range from bullying to weapons/threats to any mental health crisis. At Westlake High School, we want to know any information that you may feel would make this a safer place.
Students, staff, parents and other stakeholders can visit the district website or any campus website and click either "Connect" at the top navigation bar, “Quick Links” at the top navigation bar, or click under the “Student” section, then select "Quick Report".
Once on the Quick Report page, you can identify which school(s) receives the tip, select an appropriate topic from the dropdown list, write the message and submit the tip. There is also an option to include a photograph as appropriate. Messages may be communicated anonymously or with contact information.
Please note that in an emergency, you should call 911, or in the case of a mental health crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
One of our trademarks as a campus and district is that our students, teachers and community help report information to safeguard our wonderful campuses. Have a fabulous weekend as we conclude our first quarter at Westlake High School.
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