The Raider Professional
What's Going On In Raider Nation Vol. 2 Issue 25
We Must Teach Our Kid To Focus!
If we want our kids to be successful in the classroom and ultimately go out and change the world, they have to learn the power of focus. If students focus on a subject, task, or objective, they will be triumphant.
By definition, focus is a thinking skill that lets people to start a task without procrastination and then keep up their attention and effort until the job is complete. It is an ability to not only pay attention to things that they are engaged in but also avoid distractions that will impede the work they are trying to do.
According to Dennis Prager, “Happiness is dependent on self-discipline and focus” The biggest hurdle in achieving our goals is how easily we let ourselves be distracted by things that do not count as progress towards our achievements.
As professional educators, we have to teach our students to focus and stay on task. In many cases, that's the difference between passing or failing grade. We also have to teach our young people the importance of having a plan.
“A goal without plan is just a wish.” You cannot expect everything you want to magically appear in front of you. It takes hard work and every successful person in history put that hard work in to cash their goals as reality.
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, February 6, 2023
- It is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change. - Queen Elizabeth II
- Principal EOC Mini Workshop
- B, JV Boys and Girls BBall Vs. Fairfield Central (Home) @ 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
- Brief Faculty Meeting @ 3:30 p.m.
- Principal EOC Mini Workshop
- Varsity Boys and Girls BBall Vs. Fairfield Central (Away) @ 6:00 p.m.
- There is always light. If only we're brave enough to see it. If only we're brave enough to be it. - Amanda Gorman
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
- If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. - Booker T. Washington
- B, JV Boys and Girls BBall Vs. Fairfield Central (Away) @ 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 9, 2023
- You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. - A.A. Milne
Friday, February 10, 2023
- Varsity Boys and Girls BBall Vs. Fairfield Central (Home) @ 6:00 p.m.
- All our dreams can come true — if we have the courage to pursue them. - Walt Disney
W.J. Keenan Wins First Place in District STEM Fair!
Congratulations to Mrs. Plasquita’s Physics class on placing 1st in the class project category at the @RichlandOne STEM fair! There were hundreds of entries and our young people got the top prize with their studies in linear motion.
Dubard and Jeter At The District's Recruiting Fair!
On Saturday, January 28, 2023, W.J. Keenan High School administrator's participated in Richland One's Recruitment Fair. Currently, we are looking for teachers in Math, Science, and English. If you know of someone, please let Mrs. Jeter or Mrs. Dubard know. We all are apart of W.J. Keenan's HR team!
CHERYL LAWSON-WILSON, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR INSTRUCTION
Welcome to another week in Raider Nation!
Interims will be available to students on February 7, 2023. Grades should be updated.
On February 16 we will be conducting Edgenuity training in the Lecture Hall during planning periods. Please report to training for the first hour of your planning.
If you have students that registered for the SAT on March 1, please share this resource that they may use as daily practice to prepare: https://www.khanacademy.org/
If you have students that registered for the ACT on March 7, please share this resource that they may use as daily practice to prepare: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/test-preparation/free-act-test-prep.html
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.
Gradebooks should be updated weekly so parents and students know their academic progress.
Dates to Remember:
3rd quarter interim reports - February 7
February 17 - School based PD/Early release for students
February 20 - PD/No school for students
SAT - March 1 in the Lecture Hall
ACT - March 7 in the Lecture Hall
End of 3rd quarter - March 10
End of Course Testing - May 1 - May 19 in the small gym
AP Calculus Test - May 8
Spring STAR testing - May 10-24
- 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.
- What are we learning?
- How are we learning it?
- Why are we learning it?
- How can this learning be extended?
- Standards & Learning intentions should be addressed prior to the start of the lesson. They should be written AND communicated verbally as well as explicitly.
- Gradual Release (I do, We do, You do)
- Questions that move through different levels of thinking
- Activities are aligned to standards and age-appropriate
- Monitoring student progress and class management (moving about the room)
Have an outstanding week!
We Are Offering 3rd Quarter Content Recovery!
Hey, wjkeenan Raiders! Make sure to take advantage of the 1st window of 3rd quarter content recovery! Teachers, make sure to inform your students and get them set up to make improvements.
Richland One Champs at W.J. Keenan!
The R1 CHAMPS initiative is modeled after other highly successful programs such as Dads on Duty, which originated in Shreveport, Louisiana after fights and other violence at the local high school. A group of fathers started taking shifts at the school to help prevent future incidents and provide students with father figures.
Kerry Abel, the district’s dropout prevention coordinator, said 39 men have signed up for R1 CHAMPS so far. The initial group of volunteers will be deployed to schools January 18. Even more volunteers are needed, Abel said.
“We want our students to know there are men in this community who care about their well-being, education and success,” he said.
R1 CHAMPS volunteers will provide an additional adult presence and an “extra set of eyes” on campuses during the school day. They will greet students at the beginning of the day and assist staff during dismissal; monitor the halls during class changes and help ensure that students report to their classes on time; and assist staff during school assemblies and special events. Volunteers will wear R1 CHAMPS shirts that identify them to students, staff and visitors.
Congratulations To Ms. Ausburn, Our 2023-2024 Teacher of the Year!
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.
Shalise Wine, Magnet Lead Teacher
Letters of Intent were sent out last week. Please complete the form below:
The next student magnet meeting will be held on February 24, 2023.
Changes are coming to the Magnet Program so stay tuned.
Magnet students that are in need of assistance with classes can attend the Raider Priority Tutoring. Students can sign up for "RPT" by using the following link:
Remember in order to remain in the Magnet Program the students must maintain the following:
- 70 or above in all classes
- No behavior problems
- Minimum attendance issues
Our Raider Freshman Academy! - Kimberly Jeter. Assistant Principal
Within the last several weeks, I have had the opportunity to have quite a few meaningful conversations with students. My advice to each of those students was the same; "Choose You" and "Your Name is Your Brand".
It is imperative for our students to realize how important it is for them to make decisions which puts them in the best position to succeed academically, behaviorally, emotionally, mentally, and athletically. Those decisions will also cultivate and fortify their character and reputation.
Here at W. J. Keenan High School, we are molding, guiding, and teaching our students how to navigate their individual paths to achieving their goals. Please feel free to contact us for support and assistance.
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!
Professional Development at W.J. Keenan!
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