Raider Parent Press

August 2021 Volume 2 Issue 1

Welcome to a new year!

We had a great start to the 2021-2022 school year. We will do our very best as a community, emphasizing on intentional bonding, taking ownership of out comes, and making adjustments based on data.


This year will be challenging, but we have an amazing team with the right resources to experience success.


We have 4 district and school goals to focus on:


  1. 80% of students in 9th grade will earn a passing grade in all their courses.
  2. Increase our percentage of College and Career Ready students by 5 percentage points.
  3. Increase our school graduation rate by 7 points.
  4. Improve EOCEP results for all courses and sub groups.


As we move forward this year, let's keep lines of communication open and keep students first.


We are Champion Raiders!

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Home Football game vs. Dreher

Friday, Sep. 3rd, 7:30pm

361 Pisgah Church Road

Columbia, SC

Parents, please be sure to wear your finest Raider gear!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Get Your Child's Updated Class Information With Schoology!

Schoology is our new learning management system (LMS) approved by the state of South Carolina. This platform allows teachers to add notes, Powerpoints, assignments, and activities each day to share with parents and students about what's going on in their class.


If students have to quarantine or stay at home for any reason, parents and students have easy access to what's needed to stay up to date with classwork. Schoology is designed for daily use by all students as a helpful resource and communication tool.


Please ask your student about Schoology, sign up, and increase your communication with teachers. We are so excited about this new initiative!

Get Your Keenan T-Shirt!

IF WE SHOW PRIDE, THEY'LL SHOW PRIDE!



I love the pride we are showing at the start of the school year, even through pandemic times. Teachers are sporting their W.J. Keenan gear, planning hallway potlucks, and sharing ideas about how to get the whole team motivated.


As a result of this positive energy, students are asking how they can get W.J. Keenan Shirts too! If we show pride, they'll show pride.


We want students and parents to join us in celebrating our strong W.J. Keenan Raider tradition by getting a "K" T-Shirt.


You can purchase a "K" shirt in the front office for $20.


It's a great way to show pride and support student activities and initiatives at W.J. Keenan High School.

Student Parking Information For 2021-2022

Although applications may be turned in, NO applications will be processed until the student has taken the Alive @ 25 class.

Information about Alive @ 25 can be found at https://scnsc.org/training/alive-at-25. Students are only required to take the Alive @ 25 class once.

No other classes may serve as a substitute.

Click on the link to complete the Parking Pass Application


https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=mc2OcflqA0eiK-33pL7Y3UmbDXhknZ9FmUdz0B99KMJUOURaRFczRzFSOFI2TVNLUDFFTllYT08wNy4u

PTSO SIC meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 14th, 6pm

W.J. Keenan High Schol

The next PTSO / SIC meeting will be held September 14, 2021. Located in the school's Lecture Hall at 6:00 p.m.


Established by SC state law, School Improvement Council (SIC) is dedicated to school improvement, especially focusing on those areas that lead to student academic achievement. SIC members include faculty, parents, and community members, some of whom are elected and some appointed. SIC holds monthly meetings that are listed on our school calendar.


PTSO (Parent, Teacher, and Student) organization is a school-based organization that is dedicated to making W.J. Keenan High school the best possible place for our students, parents, and teachers. Volunteering parents work in conjunction with Keenan faculty to host special events and to raise funds to support our school activities. The organization meets on a monthly basis as indicated by our school calendar.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Motivational Corner

Positive parent-student relationships form an important background for academic motivation. Letting the children know that their parents think school is important and providing recognition for their effort and successes can motivate learning.


Be open and listen

Allow your child to talk freely. Ask them open questions and find out how much they already know.


Be honest

Always answer their questions truthfully. Think about how old your child is and how much they can understand.


Be supportive

Your child may be scared or confused. Give them space to share how they are feeling and let them know you are there for them.


It is OK not to know the answers

It is fine to say “We don’t know, but we are working on it; or we don’t know, but we think.” Use this as an opportunity to learn something new with your child!

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"Never underestimate the heart of a Raider"

Praying for the students in our area is not just a privilege…it’s a necessity. Students live in a tough world! Each day, students are subjected to literally thousands of offensive images and words. They also face an enormous amount of peer pressure to become part of what is considered normal by the world’s standards. Without prayer, students will not be able to stand against the insurmountable odds they will face. The prayers for our students at W. J. Keenan High school are endless.


~ Special thanks to Mrs. Janice Nellums, this editions "Heart of a Raider" for supporting us this year!



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Mission and Vision of W.J. Keenan High School

Our Mission

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

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.

Parent Press Initiative

THANK YOU FOR ENGAGING WITH US! THE PARENT PRESS IS AN INTERACTIVE, STIMULATING, LEARNING SYSTEM DESIGNED TO HELP PARENTS GAIN KNOWLEDGE AND BETTER COMMUNICATE WITH SCHOOL PERSONNEL AND THEIR CHILDREN.


VONDRE' T. WHALEY / PRINCIPAL

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