The Raider Professional

What's Going On In Raider Nation Vol. 2 Issue 8

Student Safety Survey Link

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October is Bully Prevention Month

The Number One Way to Prevent Bullying

When students are able to approach ideas and problems from multiple perspectives, they’re less likely to bully others.

From the earliest ages, students should participate in activities that boost social-emotional learning. As a teacher, find ways to help children understand and appreciate their identity as well as others’. To do this requires empathy and kindness, two skills that educators like Susan Patterson, who leads a cyberbullying course at Lesley University, believe can be taught.

“Empathy is the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, and teachers need to embed this skill into their curriculum,” says Patterson. “We need to do identity work with children early on so that kids know who they are and who everybody else is and what their place is in the world.”

One way to do this is to have kids get together and talk about their differences. Allow them to practice conflict resolution, work through problems, and build their understanding of those around them.

Shalise Wine, Magnet Lead Teacher

A magnet program education offers several benefits including:

  • Academic success that prepares students for a lifetime of academic achievement
  • Diverse student body that encourages respect, empathy, and collaboration
  • Family and community involvement that instills a passion for learning and growth
  • Flexible and innovative curriculum centered around a unifying theme
  • Small class sizes that ensure connection to the content and foster positive student/teacher relationships

Watch the marble roller coaster video below designed by Magnet Students!

Marble Rollercoaster

Student Success Conferences!

Mr. Hankins (11th and 12 Grade Administrator) and Mrs. DuBard (Graduation Coach) are meeting with each of our Senior Raiders (9GR 20). The goal is to look at students’ current progress and grades, chart next steps, and build a plan toward successful completion of courses for graduation. The conferences also focus on planning for success after graduating from Keenan. It is our aim to help ensure ALL of our Raiders are successful and are equipped with the tools they need to change the world.

We Love To See Students In Action!

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Cheryl Lawson-Wilson, Assistant Principal for Instruction

Hello Raiders,

I hope you are all well and had a weekend that was safe and relaxing.

On Thursday, I had the opportunity to stop by orchestra and dance among a few other visits.

I stopped by to check in with the teachers, but stayed awhile to observe the students.

While visiting Ms. Lewis & Ms. Covington, I was reminded of something special about Fine Arts teachers; they have a thorough understanding of the art of feedback.

Both teachers demonstrated three important factors of feedback:

  1. Purpose: Ms. Lewis was purposeful about the amount of times the feedback was given. She paused every time she saw the need for it. Students didn’t go on to next steps without hearing from her.
  2. Compassion: Ms. Covington used the need for compassion in her feedback. This required her to be attentive to how she wanted to feel on the opposite end of the feedback. She encouraged her students along the way.
  3. Action: Both teachers feedback led to immediate action for improvement. The students understood the correction and felt confident in their abilities to make change.

Ultimately, both teachers used feedback that directed students to the outcome for success that they expected. I enjoyed being in both spaces, having the opportunity to see our students and teachers display their talents.

I am looking forward visiting you and having more positive observations to share this week.

Enjoy Homecoming week!

Raider Reminders:

October 12 is a school-wide testing day, last day of the reporting period and grade verification due date

October 14 is a teacher workday (student holiday)

October 20 is report card distribution

October 24 early release/parent conferences

Notes for Raider Teachers!

Feedback From Observations: Focus on engaging students and having them do the work. Rather than standing up and writing on the smartboard as you are explaining, have students come up to the board and share what they know. Put students in groups and give meaningful activities. Use balls and other manipulatives to identify students for a response. Make these engaging strategies apart of your daily routine.

Handling Conflict: Please talk with our students about how to properly handle conflict. Encourage them to reach out to adults in the building to get help with situations that can potentially get them in trouble. Please convey the importance of working together resolve problems before they become bigger issues. It takes a village!

Student Work: Please start posting your best student work inside and outside your classroom in the hallways. You may also share by tagging WJK on social media.

Ask Yourself: What is the hook for today’s lesson that will keep them engage? Is there an opportunity for my students to get up and move around with my lesson? How am I going to check for understanding? Am I giving students the opportunity to show me they have a grasp of the content? Am I using the DLE to enhance the lesson or am I simply giving electronic skill sheets?

Signing In and Out: If you need to leave campus for an emergency, please get approval from an administrator, and sign out in the main office. We are professionals.

PTSO: Please consider joining our Parent Teacher Student Association. It is a big part of communicating to our parents that we want to build a stronger partnership this year. The application is in the main office with Ms. Golston.

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Our Volleyball Team Is On A Mission!

As we approach the end of volleyball season, our young ladies are working very hard to rack up a few wins and take the playoffs by storm. We love the energy and vibe our team is showing right now!
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Our Raider Freshman Academy! - Kimberly Jeter. Assistant Principal

Greetings, 9th Grade Parents!

The 2022-2023 school year is in full swing. We have completed the Fall STAR Testing, our 1st Quarter interim period is upon us, and we continue to look forward to supporting our newest Raiders as they begin "Shaping their Future."

Freshman students at times need extra support in adjusting to high school and its demands. Goal setting, organization, and receiving specific feedback are skills and strategies used to ensure personal and individual success. As partners in our students' success, we need parents and guardians to commit or to recommit being an engaged and informed parent. When there's a positive partnership between home and school it exponentially increases a student's chances to be academically, behaviorally, and emotionally successful.

Below are some tips for parents to assist their 9th grade student.

Tips for 9th Grade Parents: (sourced in part from Wren High School Freshman Academy webpage)

  • Be interested in what is going on at the school.
  • Communicate with the school to show interest and concern.
  • Discuss daily activities with your child.
  • Make sure contact information is current.
  • Make concerns known to school.
  • Utilize school resources as needed.
  • Emphasize the importance of education.

Senior Quote of the Week!

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Suiting Up For Attendance Month!

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Parenting Tips For Teens!

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  • Talk with your teen about her concerns and pay attention to any changes in her or her behavior.
  • Show interest in your teen’s school and extracurricular interests and activities and encourage him to become involved in activities such as sports, music, theater, and art.
  • Encourage your teen to volunteer and become involved in civic activities in her community.
  • Compliment your teen and celebrate his efforts and accomplishments.
  • Show affection for your teen. Spend time together doing things you enjoy.
  • Respect your teen’s opinion. Listen to her without playing down her concerns.
  • Encourage your teen to develop solutions to problems or conflicts. Help your teenager learn to make good decisions. Create opportunities for him to use his own judgment, and be available for advice and support.
  • If your teen engages in interactive internet media such as games, chat rooms, and instant messaging, encourage her to make good decisions about what she posts and the amount of time she spends on these activities.
  • If your teen works, use the opportunity to talk about expectations, responsibilities, and other ways of behaving respectfully in a public setting.
  • Talk with your teen and help him plan ahead for difficult or uncomfortable situations. Discuss what he can do if he is in a group and someone is using drugs or under pressure to have sex, or is offered a ride by someone who has been drinking.
  • Respect your teen’s need for privacy.
  • Encourage your teen to get enough sleep and exercise, and to eat healthy, balanced meals.

We Get Rewarded For Doing Well!

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W.J. Keenan High School

Our Mission

The mission of W. J. Keenan High School is to provide engaging educational opportunities through a rigorous curriculum, cutting edge technology, and partnerships to extend to our diverse community and produce first class citizens who will contribute to the present and excel in the future. WE ARE KEENAN!

Our Vision

Our vision is to create a nationally known high school that is highly regarded for its academic excellence, leadership in cutting edge technology, science, environmental, and career based programs. A high school that builds strong relationships with all stakeholders and continues a culture where the expectation is to lead, set the example, and raise standards for all to follow.