5 Things to Know about WNHS

February 15, 2019


Remaining inventory is ALL sale! Sweatshirts and long-sleeve cotton tees are $20!! Sherpas, performance tees, and more are reduced too! Add a Car Decal or a Thunder Lanyard for $1, with any purchase! Visit our website at www.wnhsboosterclub.org/spiritwear for additional sale prices. Pre-Order* online or visit the Spirit Wear Table near Concessions during the boy’s basketball games on 2/16 and 2/19. All offers valid while supplies last. Hurry! Sizes and quantities are limited!

*All Pre-Orders must be paid and picked up no later than 2/19!

Juniors Start "On To College" with John Baylor

SAT Prep During the School Day

Beginning February 25, all Juniors will be participating in the highly acclaimed SAT prep course from John Baylor's On to College. In this program, Juniors (only) will spend 20 days in skills review and strategic test taking skills targeting the SAT test. The program is presented by John Baylor and can be reviewed at: https://www.ontocollege.com

Students will spend approximately 4-6 days in each of the 4 major core areas, English, Math, Science, and Social Studies, reviewing core skills that they need to have to be successful on the SAT. The course is a mixture of video and online learning, along with direct teaching from our instructors. There are 2 different levels of the course to accommodate those students that are in our specialized classrooms. All work will be done in class during the school day. Students will not only review core skills, but they will also learn testing tips and tricks to help them deal with the stress of the testing environment. On April 4, John Baylor will be at WNHS to help energize and focus the students right before the test. Remember that the SAT is a graduation requirement for all juniors. The test will be given on April 9. It is very important that your student not miss any of the On To College Prep sessions.

If you are looking for dates to schedule appointments and needs outside of school, please be aware of the following schedule so that your student does not miss any of the program:

English sessions: February 25-28, and March 4-5 in English classes only

Math sessions: March 11, 13-19 in Math classes only

Social Studies sessions: March 7-8, and March 21-22 in Social Studies classes only

Science sessions: April 1-5 in Science classes only. Any student that is not enrolled in a Science class as a Junior will be pulled from either PE or Study Hall to participate in the science sessions.

We have high hopes that this will better prepare all our students for this test. The website shown in the first paragraph above provides much information about the prep program and valuable information for parents as you prepare your students for life after high school. If you have any further questions about the program, please do not hesitate to call.

College Fair for all Students....and Parents Too!

Tuesday, March 12th, 9:30am-12:30pm

3000 Raffel Road

Woodstock, IL

WNHS has once again been chosen to host a Career Council National Hispanic College Fair. These groups were established with the goal of helping under-represented high school students in their college selection process and to help all students obtain access to a college education. Today, CC/NHCF serves 125,000 students and 1,800 colleges/universities in over 50 locations across the United States every year.

These college fairs bring representatives from a broad range of colleges/universities and vocational training institutions to high school juniors and seniors, providing them a unique opportunity to become aware of their many options and to compare the offerings of participating institutions. We strive to provide students with current available scholarship and grant information. We have partnered with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund to help us achieve our goals of helping minority students gain the widest access to the resources available to them.

While this event is sponsored by NHCF, it is intended for all students in our county. WNHS is lucky to have been chosen to sponsor this event on March 12. Students from all over McHenry County will visit this fair. Parents are also invited and encouraged to attend. As we get closer to the event, we will be able to give parents the exact times that their student will be in the Fair so that you can visit together and discuss options. Students will attend during a period of the day. March 12 is a minimum day to allow for building SIP activities.

This is great way to begin gathering information as a Junior, or to solidify your options as Senior, for what you would like to do after high school. Please use this link to go to their website if you would like more information. https://collegefair.info

As always, we will be glad to answer any questions. Please contact Amanda Harmer at ext. 7750.

"Finding your Career Path" Expo at MCC for Sophomores

Sophomore students are being offered the opportunity to explore careers through a Career Expo at MCC. The event will be held on March 8th, from 8:30 to 1:30. We will be taking about 25 sophomore students. Students can either see their counselor if they are interested in attending, or their teachers can recommend them to the Guidance Department. This is a great way to help those younger students start to think about what they want to do after high school. If you would like for your student to attend, please call or email your counselor with their name. Students will be called down to discuss permissions from their teachers, and all the necessary details. Don't wait! Contact your counselor now!

Is Your Student Vaping?

All over the country, high school age students are beginning to vape. WNHS and all schools are working to help families and students deal with this epidemic. There are so many things for a parent to know about vaping.

Please know that we have a variety of intervention options for you and your student. Unfortunately sometimes, students who are vaping at school must be assigned the appropriate school disciplinary consequence. But, students will also be offered an array of options meant to help them understand and choose more healthy options. Students who indicate they have a problem and ask for help will not be subject to any disciplinary consequences for doing so. We have a drug, alcohol, and addiction specialist, Connee Meschini, with us all the time. She is an excellent resource and can connect you and your family with many different options for services throughout McHenry County. D200 has also been very proactive in providing in house resources and has partnered with Rosecrance. Rosecrance is an evidence-based outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment option for all families. Their services include adult and adolescent substance abuse intensive outpatient and individual treatment plans.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your Assistant Principal or your Counselor should you have any questions. The website shown in the picture above has an interesting approach to teaching your teen about vaping. Check it out at this link for a site produced by the FDA.