WST Weekly Update

January 11 - January 15

Dear Families

There have been so many incomprehensible events over the past year that have influenced our world is so many significant ways. Events that we never would have dreamed a reality, just part of the fictional Hollywood world and not just the global pandemic. As a collective, we are tired, we are weary, and our brains hurt.


Now, more than ever, it is so important to find time for self-care, to make sure to get enough sleep (yes, our brains NEED sleep), to get exercise, and to take opportunity for self-care. I recently listened to the Unlocking Us podcast from Brené Brown, where she talks about five steps to take when facing these incomprehensible events . "Name it, give a perspective, reality check the expectations, build in rest and recovery, and get and stay in fit FFT condition" (https://brenebrown.com/transcript/brene-on-the-queens-gambit-revisiting-ffts-and-resting-our-tired-brains/). FFT stands for 'effing first time', like the pandemic, this is the first time we have encountered something like this globally in our lifetime. If the past year has shown us anything it is that we will encounter many more first time events that perhaps we thought not possible.


When engaging with others, please remember to be kind, try and give more credit than criticism, and more grace than judgment.


If you are looking for ways to engage with your student about the events that occurred last week, this article may have some insight. Gay, M. (2021). How to help kids deal with frightening news out of the US Capitol. As retrieved from: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/01/08/lifestyle/how-help-kids-deal-with-frightening-news-out-us-capitol/

Return to In-Person Learning

Right before winter break, the governor updated the state on the return to in-person learning for our schools. Several elementary schools returned to school yesterday, for their earliest learners. Each district has a phase in plan for return to in-person learning in a hybrid format.


WST is continuing to work on plans to return to in-person learning for our WST students, based on home district re-opening plans. Our biggest concern is providing equitable learning opportunities for all WST students and ensuring that students are successful when they return.


At this time, we do not have a specific date planned for re-opening, but are hopeful that in-person hybrid classes will begin February or March. Our return depends on several factors including, building preparation of protocols to keep everyone safe, update and cleaning of the HVAC systems, and home district scheduling, among other factors.


Please complete this short survey about your thoughts on re-opening of WST.

https://tinyurl.com/WSTCovidSurvey

Reminders

  • First Semester Ends February 2, 2021 - students must complete all work!
  • Second Semester begins February 3, 2021


  • Do your best to end the semester strong:
  • Show up! Attend required Zoom sessions to get the most out of your learning
  • Complete all assignments, ask for help if you need it
  • Get sleep (our brains need sleep, especially right now) and exercise (helps your brain and your body)
  • Be kind, be respectful, and give grace to others and yourself

This Week's Winners of the WST Foundation Gift Cards

Congratulations to:

Henry, 3D Animation and Game Design: Winner 100% Attendance

Kelly M, Culinary Arts: Winner 100% Assignments

Angela, Cosmetology: Winner for completing BOTH 100% Attendance and 100% Assignments

1 12 21 100% Attendance
1-12-21 100% Assignments Winner
1-12-21 Both 100% Attendance and Assignments Winner

West Sound Technical Skills Center

Mission: The mission of West Sound Technical Skills Center is to ensure that all students are prepared for life, career, and college through industry-based, technically rigorous programs.

Vision: To prepare every West Sound Technical Skills Center graduate to be career and college ready, enter the global workforce, and be a successful and contributing citizen through innovative and flexible program opportunities.

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