Washington High School Newsletter
Welcome Back to the start of another great year! We had two very successful first days of school. I was impressed and proud of how all of our students and staff made adjustments and came together to make our return successful.
Moving forward, Warrior Nation must continue to work together and be diligent in following health and safety protocols that are imperative in allowing us to return to school each day.
Though COVID has altered many things about the school day, our commitment to each student remains the same: we will work together to ensure every student graduates on time with a meaningful and rigorous education. Know that we care about your students and are here to support them in any way we can. As the school year develops, please do not hesitate to contact your son or daughter’s teachers, counselor, or an administrator when questions arise.
Our fall activities are off to a great start. While COVID has limited the ability of who can be in attendance, the WHS community has continued to support the Warriors and demonstrate their Warrior pride. Thank you for your continued diligence in carrying out protocols that will allow our students to continue participating in the activities that they love. Whether you are actively participating in activities or you are in the crowd supporting your peers, your high school experience is greatly enhanced when you get involved. I encourage all students to have the courage to get involved and always know it is never too late to be an involved Warrior.
Your continued help and support in ensuring this year will be a successful one is greatly appreciated. Together, we will have a great 2020-21 school year! Go Warriors!
A Fall to Remember
By Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent
No matter the age or the circumstances, the start of a school year is always an exciting time. This year, however, could be one of the most memorable since few of us have ever returned to school during a pandemic! The Fall of 2020 will certainly be an unforgettable milestone in my career as I begin my role as superintendent of the Sioux Falls Public Schools.
It is a role I eagerly embrace, especially amid this challenging time. COVID-19 has touched the lives of all of us in some way. It has altered plans. It has renewed our focus on basic practices like washing our hands often. It has even helped some of us recognize we are not cut out to be teachers!
While I add that line to lighten the mood, it is true that COVID-19 has given us an opportunity to experience the value of a strong public education system. There is an “art” to teaching and to helping students use their knowledge to problem solve and think critically.
District leaders have been using their problem-solving skills all summer to reimagine classroom configurations, develop new routines for simple things like lunch and recess, and create staggered dismissal times and one-way hallways to relieve congestion during passing periods.
We have defined learning expectations and added technology to streamline communications and connections with students and families. These tools will be valuable whether we are offering education “in-person” in our classrooms, remotely where students learn from home, or through some type of hybrid calendar.
We have involved hundreds of stakeholders in our planning, including parents, teachers, principals, community members, local and state medical professionals, and too many more to mention. Preparations for this school year look different than preparations of the past. While classrooms will “look” a bit different this year, too, it is important to remember that school is still school, and we are all capable of doing our best!
Thank you for partnering with us. Welcome to the 2020-21 school year!
HIGH SCHOOL GRADING SCALES
During the 2019-2020 school year, the SFSD put together a committee of teachers, administrators, college and university representatives and parents to review the grading policy which included the current grading scale. The committee learned through research and feedback from area universities that Sioux Falls students may be at a disadvantage when competing against students from other school districts that use a 10 pt scale as compared to the SFSD 7 pt scale. Therefore, it was determined to move to a 10-point grading scale to level the playing field for our students to earn more college scholarships. The 10-point scale is also a common scale in many colleges and school districts across the nation.
Semester grading, as opposed to quarter grading mimics many colleges and school districts across our state and nation. In the quarter system, quarters were weighted equally but the content and work between quarters was not always equal due to snow days, testing, curriculum, etc. Semester grading alleviates that problem. Semester grading also allows students to demonstrate proficiency throughout the semester. Therefore, the decision was made to move to semester grades. Each semester will now be 85% of the final grade and the semester test will remain 15% of the final grade.
Teachers will still post grades through infinite campus to continue to provide real time grades. Grades will be posted at midterm and at the end of each semester. Students and parents will see the following grades at the end of each semester
Click on the link to view the Sioux Falls School District Parent Calendars
WHS Library Information
THE WARRIOR ZONE'S SEPTEMBER "DEAL OF THE MONTH"
WHS BOOSTER CLUB
Join the WHS Booster Club today! You can fill out the form on our website and you will be invoiced via the treasurer for your membership. Invoices can be paid online via ACH or credit card. We are encouraging online memberships this year.
2020-2021 will be a different year and we have adapted our membership levels to reflect these ongoing changes while still being able to provide support to our WHS activities.
We understand that changes are fluctuating and appreciate your patience as we navigate this year. We also appreciate your WHS Booster membership and assistance it provides. We anticipate seeing a greater need from our activities this year with the unknowns and limitations on fundraising.
We have several different levels of Booster Club Memberships available as shown on our form below.
All swag items can be picked up at our drive up nights. The dates for these will be announced soon.http://www.whsboosterclub.com/join