When we wake up on Friday morning, we will only have three weeks of school left for the semester. We will have only sixteen days left with four of those days being shortened with exams. This is an interesting week as our students return from Thanksgiving Break a little fatigued with getting back into their normal routine with a lot of activities to go in the semester. In the next few weeks, our students and staff will be busy with the following: Playoffs which involves the Football Team, Band, Cheer Leaders, Video Crew and Hyline; Nutcracker Spectacular which involves the Dance Department, Orchestra, Band and Tech Crew; All Region Band and Concert; Dance Tryouts; Choir Concert and Madrigal Performances; Orchestra Concert; Basketball Tournaments for our Boys’ and Girls’ Programs; Wrestling Matches and many others!
While there is a lot going on at Westlake High School, we believe that we have helped to alleviate a little pressure in the past by moving from a 3 day exam week having seven possible exams to a new 4 day exam week with seven possible exams. We also believe that having a true quiet/dead week before the exams will be a nice change on our campus. Our exam exemption policy also allows students to select which exams to take based upon their needs and the exemption criteria.
As a parent, this is a great opportunity to discuss pacing and prioritizing as deadlines and end of semester approaches. As students present their feelings of anxiety and stress, one can ask questions and listen to their concerns. Helping to create a plan to pace out the next sixteen school days will be a lifelong skill they will need at any university and in the work force. Sometimes school and life have obligations to be met - we hope this can be a quality, learning opportunity to be shared by you and your student. As always, if a situation arises with your child that you may need assistance with during these last few weeks, please reach out to our counselors, teachers and administrators.
Have a superb weekend!
Steve Ramsey: WHS Principal Blog
Principal's Weekly Reflections