The Raider Professional
What's Going On In Raider Nation Vol. 2 Issue 33
Let's Focus This Week Before Spring Break!
Focusing one week before spring break is crucial for students because it marks the final stretch of the academic year, with end-of-course testing and critical assignments on the horizon. Every day is essential, and students must make the most of each one to ensure success in their studies. Turning in assignments, participating in class activities, and demonstrating their knowledge and skills are essential for achieving the best possible grades. Furthermore, students must exhibit their best behavior to ensure a safe and productive week for everyone.
By focusing on their studies, students will be better equipped to perform well on their final exams and assessments. They will have a clearer understanding of what they need to do to succeed, and they will be more motivated to do so. Additionally, by completing assignments and participating in class activities, students will have a better grasp of the course material and be better prepared for their final exams.
Maintaining good behavior is also critical during this time, as it ensures a safe and productive learning environment for everyone. Students must be respectful to their peers and teachers, participate in class discussions, and avoid distractions that could hinder their learning. By doing so, they can maximize their learning potential and set themselves up for success in the remainder of the academic year.
We are W.J. Keenan High School. Home of the Champion Raiders!
There are a few things that we will need to make sure we are doing to keep the natural order and flow of our school:
- School starts at 8:00 a.m. Remind students they need to report to class before then to avoid a tardy.
- Stand at your door during the change of each class.
- You must not leave your students unsupervised for any reason.
- If you would like to have an end of year class gathering, food must be purchased and packaged to be consumed. Students/teachers may not bring food prepared at home.
- Please do not allow students into the hallway without a pass.
- Please do not allow students that are not on your roster in your classroom. Students need to be in their scheduled classroom to receive credit. You are accountable for every student in your room.
- You may only sign out to leave on your planning period and/or with administrator approval in an emergency circumstance if you do not have a scheduled absence.
- If you are absent from school, it is your professional responsibility to input the appropriate information in Frontline in a timely manner. Substitutes are limited. Please check Munis prior to doing this so you are aware of your available days for an absence.
Raider Dates to Remember
Monday, April 3, 2023
- V Boys Soccer Vs. Lower Richland (At Home) @ 5:00 p.m.
- WJK Baseball Vs. CA Johnson (At Home) @ 5:30 p.m.
- “Anyone who has ever made anything of importance was disciplined.” — Andrew Hendrixson
Tuesday, April 4, 2023
- Faculty Meeting @ 3:30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall
- WJK Baseball Vs. Great Falls HS (At Home) @ 6:00 p.m.
- “Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other.” — Brian Tracy
Wednesday, April 5, 2023
- Lower Richland Track Meet (At Lower RIchland H.S.) @ 5:00 p.m.
- “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” — Billie Jean King
Thursday, April 6, 2023
- V Boys Soccer Vs. Lower Richland (At Lower Richland) @ 5:00 p.m.
- WJK Baseball Vs. CA Johnson (At CA Johnson) @ 5:30 p.m.
- “Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.” — Thomas Edison
Friday, April 7, 2023
- All-American Track Classic (Spring Valley) @ TBA
- WJK Baseball Vs. Bowman HS (At Home) @ 6:00 p.m.
- “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi
W.J. Keenan Represented at the Men of Color Summit!
Last week, 12 of our young men at W.J. Keenan High School participated in the Men of Color Summit, sponsored by Clemson University. During this time, our students attended seminars from presenters in the fields of business, finance, education, and personal development.
Mr. Jarbar Hankins, Assistant Principal, and Coach Jacob Laurie, served as chaperones for the 3 day event. Our gentlemen were the best dressed at the event and we thank all sponsors, who contributed!
Ms. Abongnwi Joins W.J. Keenan High School!
During Saturday's Richland One Job Fair, Mrs. Emelda Abongnwi, Chemistry Teacher, joined W.J. Keenan High School for the 2023-2024 school year. We are excited to have her on our team!
CHERYL LAWSON-WILSON, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR INSTRUCTION
Welcome to another week in Raider Nation!
Thank you to Mrs. King, Ms. Bennett, Mrs. Brownlee & Coach Logan for assisting with test administration.
We have 34 more school days remaining. Please be reminded that important information is sent to you through your email. It is our professional responsibility to check our emails daily and often throughout the day. When parents email you, please address their concerns within 48 hours. I appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
CCR Testing will continue through next week.
I hope each of you have a fabulous Spring Break!
If you are teaching an EOC course, you do not have to wait to expose your students to the Online Tools Training. Please be sure to follow the links that will help you prepare for testing.
Dates to Remember:
Interims - April 18
Spring break - April 10-14
Early Release/Professional Development - April 28
Prom - April 28
End of Course Testing - May 1 - May 19 in the small gym
AP Calculus Test - May 8
Spring STAR testing - May 10-24
Graduation - May 24
Last day of school for students - May 26
· Prior to interims, you need to have at least 7 grades reported in your gradebook. Prior to the end of quarter, you need to have at least 15 grades reported.
· Emergency lesson plans with five days of lessons should be available to your department leader. In your plans, you should have attendance rosters and class procedures accessible.
· Progress Learning (formerly USA Test Prep) is available for use. You should be able to use your login credentials from USA Test Prep. Let me know if you need support.
· If you are placing items outside of your classroom for display, please be advised that the standard addressed MUST accompany student work.
· As we plan, we need to make sure that we are addressing the Depth Of Knowledge levels in our lessons. An easy way to break this down is by having students answer each of these questions.
1. What are we learning?
2. How are we learning it?
3. Why are we learning it?
4. How can this learning be extended?
1. Standards & Learning intentions should be addressed prior to the start of the lesson. They should be written AND communicated verbally as well as explicitly.
2. Gradual Release (I do, We do, You do)
3. Questions that move through different levels of thinking
4. Activities are aligned to standards and age-appropriate
5. Monitoring student progress and class management (moving about the room)
Have an outstanding week!
Machia Mason, 2023 CTE Student of the Year!
W.J. Keenan Dog Grooming Event on April 8th!
Is Scruffy looking a bit uh ... scruffy? Well, don't worry, you can get him looking doggone good just in time for Easter!
Students in W.J. Keenan High School’s Animal Science II class will hold a special dog grooming event for the community on Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the school (361 Pisgah Church Rd, Columbia, SC 29203).
Community members can drop off and pick up their dogs in Keenan’s teacher parking lot. No appointment is necessary. Grooming costs $15. Dogs will receive a bath and blow dry, as well as nail, oral and ear care. Special add-ons, which include a bandana and “doggy cologne,” cost an extra $5.
Proceeds from this event will help cover registration fees for students in the Animal Science II class to attend the South Carolina FFA leadership camp this summer.
Do Your Habits Match Your Goals? - Kimberly Jeter. Assistant Principal
As we are quickly making our way through the 22-23 school year; conversations with our 9th grade students have centered on this simple, but complex question, "Do your habits match your goals?"
The Raider Freshman Academy, emphasizes the importance of positive habits and character traits such as a strong work ethic, resilience, perseverance, self-determination, and self-regulation. High school presents all students, especially 9th graders with opportunities to grow in each of these areas. High school studies as well as life will present both successes and failures. As we approach the 4th quarter it is my continued task and mission to work together with Raider Academy teachers to teach, cultivate, and foster the growth of these skills to ensure our students have the best shot at academic, emotional, and behavioral success.
The Raider Academy News!
Shalise Wine, Magnet Lead Teacher
The Raider Academy is Coming
Changes are coming in 2023-2024 school year. We are now a school within a school. We are called The Raider Academy. You will be receiving a letter discussing all of the changes that are coming up by the end of this week.
We have been invited to attend camp at the University of South Carolina's Hospitality program over the summer for two days. If you are interested in this amazing opportunity, please reach out to Mrs. Wine.
Please view the attachment below for more details!
W.J. Students Participate in the Access Freely Celebration of Words!
Thank you to Mrs. Gourdine for allowing our students to experience
@accessfreely celebration of words! We are so proud of all of you. #RaiderPride
Absence Reporting/Morning Routine
Teachers and staff, please help us keep our students and school safe by reporting to work by 7:30 (morning duty) or 7:45 am. Please be at your doors ready to receive students by 7:50 am.
Please be reminded if you are going to be absent, report your absence by:
1. Submitting your absence in Frontline (Aesop).
2. Sending an email that you will be out.
a. To: Mr. Hankins
b. CC: Ms. Erving and Mrs. McIntee
c. Subject: Your Name Absent Date of Absence (Ex: Jabar Hankins Absent 1/16/23)
3. Calling the school (if an emergency happens on your way to work).
Substitutes and staff members covering classes should arrive by 7:45 am.
Thanks for your cooperation and for all you do for our students.
Attendance Recovery (Seat Time)
Please be reminded that the deadline to make up attendance recovery (seat time) hours is Saturday, February 4. After this date, FAs (Failure due to Absence) will become a grade of F in students’ historical grades, if they have not completed seat time for their courses. This will mean students will have to re-take some courses to satisfy graduation/promotion requirements. This may also mean that some students may not graduate on time or may not be promoted to the next grade level.
Students who have seat time hours to make up may see Mrs. Wine, Mrs. DuBard or Mr. Hankins to get information for sign up and completion. Attendance recovery hours are offered Monday-Friday from 3:30 pm-5:30 pm and Saturdays (January 28 and February 4) from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.
Let's Talk Tutoring - Jabar Hankins, Assistant Principal
We strive to ensure that all our Raiders are successful and receive their high school diplomas. To help reach these goals, we offer our students ways to achieve academic success both during and after school.
Students or parents may sign up for after school tutoring to receive support with their studies.
Students can sign up for tutoring by using the following link: https://forms.office.com/r/hzBTPzSQMa
Our student athletes are automatically eligible for Athletic Tutoring. This program meets Tuesday-Thursday immediately at the end of the school day. In addition to Athletic Tutoring, we also offer two other means of school support.
Raider Ready Tutoring is offered to students in grades 9 and 10. Tutoring is offered after school and offers help in core subjects (English, math, science and social studies). Raider Ready meets Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30. Students receive an after school meal and bus transportation home (with the exception of Magnet students).
Raider Priority Tutoring is available to all students in grades 9-12. This program offers students some flexibility in study support, as students may choose face to face assistance, or may select the virtual (online) option to receive help from home. Assistance is offered in English, math, social studies and science, Tuesday-Thursday afternoons. Face to face hours are from 3:30-4:30. Transportation is NOT provided. Students/parents must provide transportation home. If students do not have transportation, they may choose the online option, which meets Tuesday-Thursday from 4:30-6:30.
We are committed to offering as many avenues to success as possible. Students may talk with Coach S. Gilley (Athletic Tutoring), Mrs. S. DuBard (Raider Ready Tutoring) or Mrs. S. Wine or Mr. J. Hankins (Raider Priority Tutoring) with questions or for sign up information.
Use The QR Code Below to Sign Up For Tutoring!
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 engaged? 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.
W.J. Keenan High School
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 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.
Location: 361 Pisgah Church Road, Columbia, SC, USA