Marauder Moments

Freshman Edition August 2022

Dear Freshman Families,

We are so excited to welcome your child to our building on September 1st. Sending a child to the high school can be daunting, but we are here to support you and your child in having a great year and high school career. We will send our newsletter out to you each month in your email, and we know how important is is to keep connected to your high schooler and know what's happening while letting them build independence. You will also receive a newsletter from our Counseling Department with information about opportunities, social-emotional strategies and supports, and academic planning tips.

You can check out our website for daily announcements and a special page we will update just for freshmen. You can also follow us on social media. Our Twitter posts from @WilliamsonHS1 will appear on the website, and we also have an instagram account williamsonmarauders. We try to post often so you can see what your kids are up to when they are here.

On the evening of September 1, your child will meet their upperclassmen mentors who will help guide them through the year. These are students who have applied and been selected to be a friendly face and help your child get off on the right foot here. They will participate in some get-to-know-you activities, talk about school, and give a tour with practice opening their locker as well. We will make the parent format using the feedback you gave us in the survey sent July 23rd.

If your child (or you) are new, or just feel better getting a lay of the land, we are happy to provide you with a private guided tour or feel free to come wander around on your own. Our office is open from 8-3:00 this summer, and 7:30-3:00 starting August 31.

Thank you!

Dr. Avery ( and Miss Chaya (

Mr. Troy

10 things we want you to know as you send your kid to high school…

  1. It will be ok. Really.

  2. They did learn something today, even if they say ‘nothing’ when you ask what it is.

  3. If you notice something seems off or wrong- it probably is. Give us a call and we can figure it out together. All behavior has meaning.

  4. If your child never has homework they are probably not doing it.

  5. No, not everyone is doing risky, naughty things.

  6. Most of them eat lunch without their phones in their faces (so they can do that at home too). The majority of them really do talk to each other at lunch.

  7. Our kids are the best-behaved, kindest kids you could find in any school. You’ve done a great job raising them. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  8. Your kid will be really tired in the morning but they need to come in on time. Attendance is critical.

  9. It will be really difficult at times to watch your child struggle without jumping in to rescue them, kind of like when they learned to walk. Now, instead of smashing their face on the coffee table they have grades, opportunities, and emotional well-being for you to worry about. They need to know you believe in their ability to become independent and advocate for themselves. It is a tenuous balance between being there to support and hovering.

  10. We will love them-on good days and bad days and we will say no sometimes, and yes go for it, and put boundaries in place for them, and push them, and be there for them-and you- through the struggle.

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Class of 2025 Advisor Mrs. Foss-

Welcome to the high school, Class of 2025! I am your class advisor for your time at the high school and could not be more thrilled to be your advisor! I know many of you already, and I am looking forward to getting to know you better, and I can not wait to get acquainted with those of you that I have not had a chance to get to know yet.

I work in the library with Mrs. Schauf, and my door is always open. I am also the advisor for the Yearbook Club and National Honor Society. I was one of the co-advisors for the Class of 2011- I had so much fun with them, I cannot wait to do it again! I cannot tell how much I am looking forward to being able to spend the next four years with you. Your class is very special to me already! I hope I can help make your transition into high school a smooth and fun one. Throughout these next four years, I will be offering various events and fundraisers that we will start this year.

To stay connected and informed on these events, a Remind group for text messages will be set up, I will send that information out as soon as I have it done. I am also in the process of creating a Schoology group where you will be able to see deadlines and announcements. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions that you may have.

Mrs. Foss

Important People You Will Meet

Of course, your child's teachers!

Ms. Sally Schillaci, School Counselor A-J

Mrs. Kelly Zimmerman, School Counselor K-Z

They will met with your child every year to do academic planning and are here to help with anything.

Ms. Tracy O’Hara, Pathways School Counselor

Tracy is your go-to for internships, job shadows, and career exploration.

Mrs. Kelly Petrucci- the counseling office secretary

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Mrs. Moore, our school nurse.

Mrs. Miranda Foss- Class of 2025 Advisor

Mrs. Nicole Lock & Mrs. Danielle Murphy (and Mr. Troy and Oakley) Mentor Connect Advisors leading the students who help your child through this year.

Mrs. Plyter, our attendance clerk. Notes go to her desk or

Mrs. Upson in the main office- she is your person for forgotten locker combinations, work permits, parking permits (not yet!).

Our Counseling Office staff

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Community Service

Serving others is something Marauders do well!

Students need 20 hours completed and on-file in order to graduate. Community service cannot be performed for a family member. Students can start earning hours in the summer before freshman year, and we often will have opportunities to share if a student needs ideas. 5 hours per year is a good idea, and students who want to drive to school will need to have 15 before they can park here. Students need to turn their forms in during the semester they complete the service in order for it to count. Here is a link to the information page where you can find forms. You can also get these in the main office.
Student Handbook

Here is useful information for you about how our school runs.

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A little discomfort is normal! That is where we grow. We are here to help that be manageable.

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