This weeks post is from of one of our English teachers, Melissa Dupre:
Mr. Ramsey has written more than once in this space that our school is special, that there's something about the way we treat each other that sets us apart. I asked him if I could write this week in his place to affirm that sentiment.
In the weeks since our family's car accident in January, the three of us have all felt so thrown off balance, but the immediate and continuous stream of support we have received from this community has helped ground and comfort us more than I can ever explain to you here. Students, colleagues, graduates, parents, and even complete strangers have reached out to us with such sincerity and concern, and we've appreciated every single message, gift, meal, and prayer.
Being the recipient of so much care has really underscored how much this community has to give and how much it matters. It won't surprise some of you when I say that this has reminded me of what we're hoping to cultivate with the support of Stanford's Challenge Success. I've always felt strongly about this but my recent experiences have given me an entirely new perspective on how much we need to support each other, not just in times of great crisis or success, but every day. It's easy to get weary of policy initiatives, but to me all of this is much more than a lesson plan format or an administrative protocol; it's a way to maximize our ability to reach the learning outcomes we all desire by providing the support we all need.
We're excited that Margaret Dunlap, the School Program Director of Challenge Success, will be here next week. After an afternoon of professional development with faculty, she will talk with parents from 6:30 to 8:00pm in the WHS PAC about The Well-Balanced Student. Click HERE for more information.
Dunlap's workshop includes "research-based strategies to create healthier home and school environments." For the past weeks, I've done a lot of thinking about health and well-being, on how essential they are. I can't think of anything more important that we can do for our kids today than provide the necessary supports to help them, even in the face of struggle, learn and flourish.
Thank you again for showing us such compassion and warmth. I hope to see you Tuesday night in the PAC.
Steve Ramsey: WHS Principal Blog
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