Panther Nation Newsletter

September 10, 2021

A Message from our Principal

Parents play an extremely important role in making school a positive academic experience for our Panthers. One way to pay close attention to the progress your students are making is to ask them to show you the work they're doing. We typically expect students a minimum of one to three hours of self-directed learning each day at home. Your student needs to spend these hours actively engaged in homework, reading, watching educational videos, taking notes, video conferencing with study groups, etc. If you're not seeing your students engaged this way...they won't adequately be prepared for classes and therefore, will begin falling behind.


We need your help. Please sit down with your student and ask to see their grades in Infinite Campus and within the REAL Learning Platform. Talk through what your student is learning and ask questions. Help your student set aside study time and a place with limited distractions.


To help parents, we will post student grades each Monday in Infinite Campus. Our first grades will be posted on Sept 13 and eligibility will begin next week. Ninth and Tenth graders can also continue to use the REAL Platform for the most accurate and up to date information regarding their REAL classes.


We want to both motivate students to be successful academically, and we also want to help them build the habit of stress management when they face difficult challenges in the self-directed learning process. At any point, you can coach your student in the right direction. Throughout this process, we want to inspire a growth mindset by helping them reflect and problem-solve when they are facing difficulty.


You can learn more about how to view important information regarding your student's performance and progress in future "how to" videos in this newsletter throughout the year.


We are here to help and support students as they learn how to increase their self-direction and own their futures.


Until next time,

Mr. Burr

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Cooking for the Future By Noah Wipprecht

Do you love cooking? If so I would like to introduce you to our new cooking teacher, Mrs. Nash. Although Mrs. Nash is the new cooking teacher she isn’t new to Woodland Park High School. Mrs. Nash has been teaching SPED for 20 years. Mrs. Nash is an experienced teacher and loves teaching. When asked what Mrs. Nash looked forward to the most this year she said that she looks forward to working with kids in a hands-on environment. Mrs. Nash will use her expertise in teaching to help create a culinary environment that will enlighten Woodland Park High School’s taste buds.


What makes Mrs. Nash such an outstanding cooking teacher? Mrs. Nash loves to cook! Mrs. Nash says that she loves cooking because it is a calming process and she gets to eat what she’s made. This is the kind of mindset that most accomplished cooks have. Even though Mrs. Nash is new at teaching cooking she isn’t unfamiliar with cooking. Mrs. Nash says that the first time she started cooking was when she was 7 or 8 helping her mom in the kitchen. As you can see Mrs. Nash has a lot of experience when it comes to cooking. This knowledge will enchant the new chefs of Woodland Park.



Even though going from cooking to SPED was a big change for Mrs. Nash, Mrs. Nash is ready for this new journey. Nash says that the biggest change going from SPED to Cooking is “Less paper more fun”. As Henry Brooks Adams once said, “Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops”. Mrs. Nash says that the biggest thing she is going to miss about teaching SPED is her students and being able to stay with them for four years. Mrs. Nash has influenced her SPED kids and now will influence her cooking students. When asked what Mrs. Nash wanted to achieve this year she said “I want to contribute to the community, and maybe make desserts for a nursing home.” This type of service project would inspire many generations across Woodland Park. Mrs. Nash plans to teach many dishes in cooking class this year. Hopefully Mrs. Nash will find the time to teach her favorite dishes. Mrs. Nash says that her favorite dish to make on her own time is “Apple Roses”. I wish I was able to experience the delicacy of “Apple Roses”. Woodland Park High School is fortunate to have a teacher such as Mrs. Nash. The opportunities that she will provide will enhance her students’ lives for decades to come.

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Dear Students and Families,


Cold and flu season is upon us and there currently is an uptake of illness within the school. PLEASE stay home if you are sick! Students may return to school only after they are symptom and fever free for 24 hours.


Be mindful of doing the at-home symptom screener before coming to school and any student with the following symptoms(s) need to stay home:


  • A fever 100 degrees or higher. A student should not come back to school until the temperature is normal for 24 hours WITHOUT medication. Please DO NOT give any Tylenol, Ibuprofen or any cold medicine before sending your child to school.
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • A new or persistent cough
  • Sore throat associated with a fever and/or rash
  • Headache or stomach ache in combination with other symptoms listed
  • If a student or anyone within the household has been tested for COVID and pending results, please stay home until test results are confirmed.


As a reminder please remember to wash your hands, get plenty of rest, drink extra fluids and eat a balanced diet. Healthy children learn better! Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support in helping keep students safe and healthy. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.


Cheri Maniak, RN

719-686-2022

cmaniak@wpsdk12.org

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Dinosaur Museum Exploration

We have many wonderful programs at WPHS designed to meet the needs of and provide growth for our unique student body. Some of our students need extra support due to severe physical or cognitive needs. Last week, these exceptional students took a guided tour of the Dinosaur Museum to supplement their learning in Science and Social Studies, and to provide life-skills practice in communication and navigating public places. They had a great time and learned so much from this REAL world experience.

Please click on the picture to see a large version.

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Coming to America By Uma Hahs

Rodrigo Spanchiado de Menezes Chad is our new foreign exchange student. He is from Sao Paulo, Brazil.He is in his senior year and enjoys the differences in schooling compared to his old school. He finds it more interactive and compelling, here our students move around more and interact in classes more, while back in Brazil, the teachers would switch out and all the students would have to sit in the same seat all day with barely any participation or interaction. He appreciates the opportunities this school offers, and how approachable and kind the people are here,“I want to say thank you for being patient with me, welcoming me, and being so approachable- I didn't expect it to be like that.” Chad reflected.

And we in turn appreciate the opportunity to share our classroom with Chad. Our community is very happy to get to know Chad and spend time with him making him feel welcome and hopefully making some friends along the way. With some luck, our school can afford new opportunities for Chad going forward, with his sports, and helping him improve his abilities. In Brazil they don't have American football; It's exciting that he can experience these new moments at our school. He also appreciates the safety of Woodland Park, how the police act, and how he can freely go for walks, and not worry too much about his personal safety.. He believes that Americans are hardworking and friendly and he's happy to be here. Likewise we are happy to have him.

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